What do you do with your time? On what do you spend your most valuable asset?
We have others taking care of our kids. We hire people to clean our house. We buy take out instead of cooking ourselves. We shop online instead of going to the store. We rely on contractors to renovate our houses instead of doing it ourselves.
We buy ourselves time. So what do we do with it?
According to a Nielsen report, adults in the US are watching 5 hours and 40 minutes of television per day. The Swedes are not that far behind, they watch an hour less compared to the Americans.
The numbers quickly become staggering. In a week that adds up to 35.5 hours, that’s almost like a full-time job. No wonder there’s no time for cooking and cleaning.
The good news is that you have every chance to level up. If you spend one hour less in front of the TV and instead invest that hour in learning a new skill, or read an inspiring book, or simply do something that you love, you’ll be ahead of the rest of the crowd. Even better, take two hours, and you’ll be even further ahead.
Our future is not shaped by the people that spend more than 5 hours in front of the TV every day. They don’t invent new things. They are out of the loop. It’s a decision that they’ve made themselves, it can be undone, they can turn off the TV at any moment and decide to do something else instead. But most of them don’t.
The future belongs to the people who have decided to contribute. People that want to build something new. People that have the guts to show up with their best work. Their best intentions. Their best effort. People that are willing to fail in order to succeed.
So what’s it going to be? On what team are you going to play?