The Time You Have Left (in Jelly Beans)
Hey, there's something important I want to share with you…
It's something an investor friend recently shared with me, and it really made me stop and think about not only what I’m doing in my life, but what I am doing today — with each moment.
- First, a thoughtful, 2-min video that'll really make you think. ⇊
- Then, I’ll explain why it stirred me so much personally.
- Then, I'd be grateful to hear your honest thoughts on whether it resonates with you in the same way.
So, without further ado, let's take a look at the 2 mins of pure awesome… ⇊
Now that you have a visual picture of the time that you have left (in jellybeans, no less)…let me share with you some candid thoughts.
Thing #1: Make your Moments Count
Be intentional, not passive, with how you invest your moments. Don't ‘spend' your time… INVEST it. It's a small shift in thinking that can make a huge and positive difference in your life.
At any moment, ask yourself:
Am I using this moment in a way that's congruent with my values and who I want to be?
What's the highest and best use of my time right now?
Time stops for no one, so make every moment count. Be happy. Be grateful. Be ambitious. But yet, be content (yes, it's possible) and don't waste a day if you can help it — because tomorrow is never promised.
Carlos Castaneda says it well here:
“I wanted to convince you that you must learn to make every act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.”
Thing #2: Put Work in Its Proper Place
Work hard, but don't give yourself to your work. Be ambitious, but don't let ambition be your master.
Hard work and achievement (especially on something you truly enjoy) is rich and fulfilling and a part of what we're created to do… but only a part, and not the primary part.
No one ever said on his deathbed: “Gee, I just wish I would have worked more.”
Invest more time with those things (and those people) you'll regret not having done more with in those final moments of your life.
Here’s a great quote by Les Brown that really puts it in the right words:
“Make each day count by setting specific goals to succeed, then putting forth every effort to exceed your own expectations.”
Thing #3: Have a Clear Vision for Your Life
And, make sure it's your vision, not someone else’s.
Don't let others around you decide who you are, who you should be, or how you should invest your moments. It's your life… fight for it. Focus more on experiences, and less on “stuff.”
Serve more, give more, learn more and share more.
Here’s the perfect quote to explain what I mean:
“It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth — and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up — that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
So, those are my thoughts. I hope you guys found this as powerful as I did.
- Realize life is precious and unpredictable.
- Increase your awareness of how you spend every moment of your time.
- Make how you spend your time intentional.
- Live a better life.
Mind leaving an quick comment below?
I'd honestly love to hear how all this hits you.
Please and thank you. 👊