Tag Archives: Time

Opportunity Cost

How much does it cost to help your friend move on a Saturday?  What if you had planned to take your son to a ballgame?  What if you had planned to work overtime? There’s a cost to everything you do, … Continue reading

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On average, you have 78 years total to live. The first 18-25 are, hopefully, spent learning.   This leaves you with between 53 and 60 years to produce something worthwhile. Spending 2 years doing something you don’t enjoy is 3.4% … Continue reading

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Why Taking Time Off To Figure It Out Is A Mistake

Most people I know don’t really know what they want to do with the rest of their lives.  This includes most really successful people I know.  My grandfather, at 80 years old, used to say he didn’t know what he … Continue reading

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30,000 Days, If You’re Lucky

You only get about 30,000 days, if you’re lucky.  If you’re reading this, you’ve probably got less than 20,000 days left. That’s if you’re lucky. You might get cancer; you might have a heart attack or a stroke; you might … Continue reading

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Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late: Define Your Priorities Now

Some good advice about priorities from Clayton Christensen over at the HBR: Over the years I’ve watched the fates of my HBS classmates from 1979 unfold; I’ve seen more and more of them come to reunions unhappy, divorced, and alienated … Continue reading

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How To Set A Goal

Most people set horrible goals. Because of this, they never even get close to reaching them. “Lose 10 pounds.” “Earn $100,000 next year.” “Spend more time with my family.” If you set goals like this, you have a 0% chance … Continue reading

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“You Can’t Compete On My Level”

Someone said that to me today. It’s 100% true. He’s been doing this for 30 years, and he’s goddamned good at it.  Unlike most people, he doesn’t have 1 year of experience 30 times over, or even 5 years of … Continue reading

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60 Chances

If you’re really lucky, or extremely unlucky, you may realize how short your time is on this planet sometime in your teens.  For most people, this revelation comes much later, but let’s be generous and use 15 years old as … Continue reading

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Want To Live Longer? Move

Steven Johnson, successful, middle-aged author and thinker, is moving from New York to San Francisco.  His main reason for moving is to slow down time: Another old friend — my oldest, in fact — wrote an email to me after … Continue reading

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