Time is a Commodity
We all have a finite amount of time on this earth. Time is a commodity like any other commodity. Once you use it, you don’t get it back. You cannot recycle wasted time, nor can you recycle time well spent. It’s spent. Period.
time [noun]: the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues.
None of know how much time we have to spend. At the outset, no one tells us, “You’ve got X years in your life.” We start each day clueless as to whether there will be another one tomorrow. My father found this out the hard way when he died at age 62 after a nearly 20 year battle with a progressive neurological disorder. So did Randy Pausch when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2006, and given three to six months to live.
The point here is that your time is limited. You have a lot of choices about how you can spend it. When it comes to your profession, my suggestion is that you choose wisely. Pick something that not only pays you well, but fulfills your emotional needs. Pick something that allows you to be significant in the lives of other people. Pick something that matters. You were put here to do amazing things.
P.S. I wrote this post in the morning of May 2, 2012. On this tragic day, one of my favorite football players – and arguably the greatest San Diego Charger ever – Junior Seau chose to take his own life. Yet another reminder that life is far too precious to waste. Our condolences go out to the Seau family. While we don’t understand his actions, we do understand their pain. Peace be with you, Junior.
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