Some people waste talent like Kurt Cobain (nebulous death at 27), Jimmy Hendrix (nebulous death at 27) and Ben Affleck (we all wish he would have died in nebulous circumstances at 27).
Some people waste money like Sean Parker (bought a $23M house), Jeff Bezos (built a $42M clock!) and Meg Whitman (former president of eBay who spent $144M to run for Governor ofCalifornia…and lost!).
Some people waste their health like Barry Bonds (who took steroids and made my kid’s dream baseball hero turn become a shame), Lindsay Lohan (we all wish that she would join Ben Affleck) and Ronald McDonald (who eats solely at McDonalds).
Is it because we have so much that we don’t even care?
Is it because we don’t realize that we are wasting it?
Is it because we think we can always get it back whenever we want since it’s easy for us to have?
No matter what, we all waste what we is the most precious in our lives.
I don’t know if you have seen the movie “In Time” with Justin Timberlake. The movie is okay but there was one interesting thing about it: people who could afford buying time and become eternal were wasting it big time! Lately, I’ve been wasting a lot of what I have too. And what I have (for one of the first times in my life!) is TIME!
I’ve been on paternity leave since Feb 2nd (yup, my 3rd one, Caleb, was born at the beginning of the month!) and I’ve been pretty quiet wandering around in my house lately. One thing I did most is to go from one blog to another to read and comment. I’m not saying it was a total waste of time (‘cause there was some great reads out there and it’s good to interact with bloggers once in a while), but I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time on some articles. 2 of them were big time eaters last week:
How to Retire and Never Have to Work Again @ Financial Samurai
I went on a merely epic debate with Sam, the author, about his non-sense retirement projections. Sam likes to call out my gross revenue vs my spendings from my blog income report. He’s right since it’s important to be accurate with numbers (if not, you can have them support whatever you say). This is probably why I went on and on with his article to claim that his early retirement plan didn’t make sense. Whether I was right or wrong, I’ve spent a lot of time commenting, analyzing and researching (now I know how a 401(k) works vs our RRSP J ). Was it worth it? Definitely not! On top of that, I probably annoyed the hell out of him but I still think that his charts are bogus and I couldn’t let people think that they could retire at 40 after working only 18 years! It turns out that if you work only 18 years and retire at 40, chances are that you will be almost living like a homeless person (less than $1,000 net per month) for the rest of your life.
Is blogging a bubble @ Financial Uproar
This is another example but from another context. I didn’t spent much time arguing with Nelson’s point of view on my business model, the fact that the blogging industry was about to burst its bubble or his befouled hatred for the Yakezie group. In fact, I couldn’t care less about the reason why he dislikes the group so much. But I had a crazy time reading all the comments going back and forth from members and non-members. It was better than a reality show! I applaud Nelson’s guts (or naivety) to publicly make a stand but it wasn’t done in the most fashionable way. But then again, regardless if you agree with him or not, there was not much value added to my life vs a lot of time wasted stupidly smiling at my screen.
And Then I Woke Up Because of the Picture I Have on My Board
After 2 days of being in hard core competition with people on welfare for the time wasting Olympics, I finally woke up. What woke me up? A 4”x2” picture on my board right beside my home office (where all the magical posts get written by Santa’s laid-off elves).
This isn’t a picture of my wife (sorry honey!).
This isn’t a picture of my 2 big kids (sorry William and Amy!)
This isn’t a picture of my latest toddler (sorry Caleb!)
This is a picture of a little girl I’ve never met. I’ll call her V to protect her identity (Veronique is my sister-in-law’s name, no connections J ). V is a little girl that goes to my daughter’s daycare. Back in December, the daycare hosted their Xmas party where all the kids and parents were invited to eat together, sing and play some games.
All kids and parents were there but V and her parents. They weren’t there because V has some sort of cancer and is being treated at the moment. When I heard about the story, it ripped my heart apart. The following Monday, I went to see the daycare’s director and asked her if I could make a direct donation to V’s family in order to help them supporting this unsupportable burden. Each year, my partner and I give a part of our online profits to charity. We had established an amount of $100 each back in 2009 with the goal of doubling this amount each year. So I told the director that I needed a receipt to take the money out of my company. Since an individual (V’s parents) can’t write me a receipt, the director suggested that I give to an organism that was currently helping the family. Without meeting V or her parents, I followed the director’s suggestion and made my donation accordingly. Not so long ago, V’s parents sent me that 4”x2” picture of their daughter with a thank you note. As I am writing this paragraph, my eyes are flooded once again.
Sorry to be so dramatic this morning but I wanted to make a kick ass point out of this post:
YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO LOSE TIME ON STUPID THINGS!!!!
Let go of unnecessary frustrations, let go of annoyance in your life. Concentrate on what is good and live the moment. Because someone, somewhere, just can’t afford to lose the time you are wasting. Since you can’t transfer a few years to a sick child, you might want to use your time to make something out of your life.
I rarely waste my time and I’ll make sure to use it to do something from now on. Have you wasted your time lately? What’s your excuse?
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