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Do you remember a few years back when Oprah and KFC teamed up to offer free grilled chicken to whoever would print the coupon and take it to the restaurant? Perhaps you even participated in this as I did at the time. I also remember huge lines and KFC even running out of chicken.
What a total waste of time.
Take a step back and ask yourself how much your time is worth. Time is by far the most valuable resource we have. Check out this chart to see how the average American worker spends their day.
Are you willing to waste your precious life energy by waiting in line for a $6 bucket of chicken? How about black friday? People camping outside of Walmart just so they can waste their money on crap they don’t need. If they knew the exact day their life would end, how soon would that need to be for them to realize sleeping outside of a store is not the best use of their time? 3 months? 6 months? 5 years?
Look around at the people you know. How do they value their time? Are they glued to the tv watching America’s Got Talent? Are they waiting in line for hours just to buy some unneeded trinket? Show me someone who watches hours of tv all day and I’ll bet they are not financially free. How can you make better use of your time?
Take action now: Make a list of all the things you do in your free time in a column. On a scale from 1-10, rate how much joy these things bring to your life. Are you doing the things you truly enjoy, that bring you true happiness; or, are you vegging out in front of the tv “just because” or “because you’re bored.” Are you seeking escape from your life? Find the things that bring true joy to your life: spending time with family and friends, engaging in physical activity you enjoy, traveling, the list goes on and on. Don’t waste your precious life on things that don’t bring you true joy and happiness in this world. Carpe diem