Life is so short, really. In the United States, we live on average 78.7 years. That’s 28,725.5 days of breathing oxygen on Earth. And every day that you wake you are met with one choice.

How will you use your time that you have been given?

Here’s the most basic thought going through every human’s subconscious mind: satisfy needs. It’s instinctual. Fulfill basic needs in order to buy more time. Breath oxygen. Drink water. Eat food. Find shelter. And now, earn money.

In terms of necessity, it’s right up there with oxygen! Good luck getting nutritious food or substantial shelter without money. (It’s crazy, too, because there are more than enough resources for everyone on this planet). But, that’s the world we live in, I guess, so it’s play the game or die.

Seriously, as much as we hate to admit it paper and numbers dictate our lives. F___ing paper and numbers… And there is no way around it.

This is why it is so critical to realize the importance of how you are using your time -because your life depends on it. The three options you have: spend it, trade it, or invest it.

Being able to spend your time doing what you love to do with who you love to do it with is the end goal, right? Deep down, a limitless experience is what everyone yearns for. It is the social conditioning that we endure day in, and day out, that surpresses our belief that we are capable of achieving that sort of freedom. What does it take to enjoy that freedom and independence? Sadly, it’s money. So, spending all of your time with your family, your tv, your cheetos, etc. might not be profitable, but more importantly, responsible. Especially when you have to put food on the table and other necessities yet to fulfill.

The majority of society would agree with me so far, but now it’s time to disect the ways that society uses their time when generating income: trading it, or investing it.

The most dangerous risk of all is trading all of your time not doing the things that you love on the bet that you’ll be able to buy the time to do it later.

Trading time for money on an hourly wage, or even a salary wage,doing something you love to do is entirely worth it. Be a fireman, police officer, school teacher, etc. Those are honorable professions and I will thank you for taking on that responsibility.

However, if your only goal is to generate income, then I feel that trading your time for money by doing something that you do not love could very well be the most brainless thing that I have ever heard of! Don’t waste away your most valuable asset for paper and numbers!

How does actually living only one third of your life sound?

There are 24 hours in a day. You use on average eight hours for sleep. You trade another eight hours for money doing things you don’t enjoy. And you are left with 8 hours per day to spend exercising your freedoms. When compounded over your lifetime, you will have actually lived one third of your experience on Earth.

Trading hours for dollars is placing monetary value on a priceless commodity. What is your time worth to you? Remember, you can always get more money, but you can never get more time.

Yet, here is the craziest thing of all… this happens every day. It’s true that 70% of Americans hate their line of work.

“When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” -Mark Twain

The final option you have is to invest your time. Invest your time first into yourself. Pick up a book and stretch your mind. Discover something. Create something. Start a revolution. Learn a craft and master it –Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours. Write your First Blog Post. Create a website. Partner with an affiliate program. Find something that you enjoy doing and that will be worth it -it doesn’t matter what it is! And it doesn’t matter how long it takes you to turn a profit because the time will pass anyway! It makes sense to invest the necessary time upfront creating a passive income in order to be able to enjoy the freedom to spend your time in any way you’d like later on. That’s the return on your time investment -freedom and fulfillment.

Invest so much time into yourself that you become a man or woman of great value. Then, the economy will have no choice but to pay you! That’s how the game works! If you want something, you must meet it with an equal amount of value. Therefore, if you want to earn over one million dollars annually, you’ll need to bring value to the marketplace equivalent to one million dollars. Have you ever heard of a million-dollar time-trading employee?

In order to earn more, you must become more.

But, it doesn’t stop there. Once you have crafted, created, discovered, or started something of value, then you must give it away to as many people as possible for as long as possible. It’s the law of increasing returns. You do something and it pays you 10x over. You plant a seed now and harvest your crop later. You reap what you sow. Every great musician, author, and speaker got his or her start this way. Performing for anyone who would listen -giving them as much value as possible for as long as possible. As they began to perfect their craft, their ideas spread further, easier. Eventually, they had given so much value to the marketplace that people had no choice but to pay them! Remember, service to many leads to greatness.

This theory may sound like it goes against the typical idea of earning money. Because it does. Ever since the industrial age our brains have been conditioned to cog-in-a-machine, cubical-factory type of work. Show up. Obey the rules. Work hard. Repeat, and you’ll be rewarded after taxes. But, in reality, this theory for earning money is completely in line with the fundamental laws of the universe.

You get what you give. Therefore, if you want to get more, you must give more.

I hope that I have inspired you in some way to make a positive change in your life, but also in the world around you. If I have met my goal, I would greatly appreciate you taking the time to click the recommend button and share it with those who you feel need it most.

Wishing you the best,

KL

Inspired by the work of Jim Rohn, Seth Godin and Gary Vaynerchuk. They are men of value and worthy of your attention.

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