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“Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug.” John Lithgow
“No-one told you when to run… you missed the starting gun”. Pink Floyd
I know, I know. It sounds weird.
But here is an incredible piece of life advice that could make the difference between you finishing rich or poor. Ready?
You move too damn slow.
I see you. Bumble-assing along as though you have forever.
News flash: You don’t have forever. Your life supply is dwindling.
Hear that? That’s the sound of the seconds of your life disappearing, and you will NEVER get them back. EVER.
I write from experience, because I feel the pain of this, whenever I think of what might have been…
If you are exactly where you want to be in life, then close this tab. This tutorial is not for you.
You should still be here, because anyone that was in that position would not be on the internet looking for advice.
But if you are less wealthy than you want to be, or if you are concerned that you are going to run out of money when you are older, then pay attention!
Time is your most precious commodity. Time is the ultimate ruler of your life – and when you run out of time, that’s it! You have no more chance to get rich, or do anything that you want to do. Time’s up. Game over.
Whereas if you are still here and breathing, you still have some time. But you have less than you think. There is not a SECOND to waste.
Let’s assume you have 16 hours in a day of “doing stuff” and 8 hours of sleep.
That is 57,600 seconds of doing stuff.
Now let’s break that time into 9 second increments. You have 6400 9-second increments in your day.
CAN YOU GET DONE IN 8 SECONDS THAT WHICH YOU WERE DOING IN 9 SECONDS? That is 12.5% faster. Can you move 12.5% faster through life????
Yes you damn well can. I know you can. You move too slow. You don’t even KNOW how long you take doing everything, because you never bothered to even time it. Did you?
If there was someone pointing a gun at your head and saying “do it in 8 seconds instead of 9 or you will get a bullet” – do you think you would be able to get it done in 8 seconds? Of course you would. If you are already going at absolutely full tilt, then congratulations. I salute you. But most of the time, most people are moving too slow. And yes, Time is pointing a gun at your head, actually…. and in the end it is going to pull the trigger!
Shave a second off each 9 second increment and you just saved 6400 seconds per day. 106.667 minutes. Do that consistently for nine years and you just saved A YEAR. Do that consistently for 45 years and you just saved…
FIVE ENTIRE YEARS OF TIME..
You could make $200,000 PLUS INTEREST, or write a best seller, or do all kinds of incredible stuff in five years. I just added five entire years to your life… YOU ARE WELCOME!
Can you get done in eight seconds what you did in nine?
Can you get done in eight minutes what you did in nine?
Can you get done in eight hours what you did in nine?
Yes you can!!!!
So here is a course of action for winners-to-be: Time your entire day. That’s right. Get a journal and a stopwatch and record EVERYTHING that you do in a day.
Your mind will be absolutely blown. Most cannot handle this exercise yet it is one of the absolute WINNING strategies you could possibly do.
Now look at that detailed journal of exactly how you spent all of the time in your day, and see where you can save time. I am certain that you can save 1,2 or even 5 hours in a day, judging by the amount of time that most people waste.
Do you honestly rule your day with an iron fist? I doubt it. So few people do. But if you can do this, you immediately give yourself an edge, a competitive advantage that most simply will never use.
Whether it is 9 seconds shaved into 8, or 9 minutes shaved into 8, or 9 hours shaved into 8, the techniques you will use are somewhat different, but the principle is the same. High performance people do not waste time. Time wasters are not high performance people.
NOTE – do not do this while driving a car!!!!!!!!!! This one important exception to the rule. You should NOT drive recklessly, or run this exercise in any other dangerous situation, or ram people with your shopping cart, or push past old ladies, or generally be an asshole or an idiot. This tutorial is not about causing problems for others, it is about having impeccable high standards and setting a high bar of achievement for yourself all day long, and about the fact that you almost certainly sit on your butt doing things at “loser pace”, wasting massive amounts of time as though you have an infinite supply. YOU DO NOT HAVE AN INFINITE SUPPLY.
Ask me how I know this. By God, I am screaming at my teenage self, all those years ago, sat on his ass acting as though he had forever. And he could not hear a single word. One day you will end up in this position. Where you are looking back. Most of what you did in those days you will no longer care less about, and there will be many things you wish you had done. As the old saying goes, your business is in looking to the future, because you are going to spend the rest of your life there.
Why do people move so slowly? The reason people don’t bother moving just that little bit faster, is because small increments are considered unimportant. They just don’t think it matters that much. Well, it is out of small amounts that big amounts are made. Shaving one second off of nine adds up to five years of your adult life.
It also means you have to get out of your comfort zone. Your comfort zone is where you tell yourself that you are not doomed, that everything is going to be ok, and that it’s ok if you leave it til tomorrow or whenever. It is not ok. You are going to run out of time.
It also means you have to be that person that other people look at, confused, thinking “what’s up with that person, why are they zooming around like that?” That’s so UN COOL.
Well, we will see who is really cool when they are eating your dust as you power past them on your way towards your awesome life of accomplishment and dreams. 😉
It is the same with saving money. People don’t bother saving a dollar because they don’t think it is much. But if you save a dollar every day for 50 years (you can do this!) then that is $18,250, even without interest. With interest it would be way higher. And that is just one dollar that you carelessly toss aside. All those little dollars add up. Ask the guy from Five Hour Energy, who became a billionaire selling those tiny nutrient shots for a few bucks apiece.
Let’s not even talk about the hours spent sat in the cafe “chilling” or in the bar having drinks, or watching TV etc etc etc. Go. Now!
And for those of you who already move like a tiger (probably not you!)… well done. Now keep doing it.