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The average person has a total of 29,200 days on this earth. Chances are you’re approaching, or have already surpassed, two thirds of that time. Time is the only thing that is universal in life. You can be born into money, resources, notoriety, but time is universal. We all have a finite amount of it and none of it is guaranteed. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or not, we are all investors and the currency at our disposal is time and energy.
I failed grade 10 math.
I am a highschool drop out because of it.
I just couldn’t grasp the real world application of concepts like algebra, so I quit and never went back to finish it. Which is ironic because as it turned out, it was a math calculation that changed the trajectory of my life forever.
I dropped out of school and became a performance automotive mechanic. I loved cars and working on them really tapped my mechanical creativity. It was incredibly rewarding, but it was not an easy job. It was hot, it was dirty, and it was physically very demanding.
I remember one day, I had just finished a brake job, and I headed over to the wash basin to clean up. I blew my nose in one of those brown, industrial paper towels, and it was just full of brake dust. I looked up in the mirror and saw my face, saw my name embroidered on my blue coveralls. I looked to the right and saw the shop owner, who was probably only in his mid-thirties at the time, holding his elbow and massaging the tendinitis caused by impact guns. I looked back at myself in the mirror and just shook my head.
Something was very wrong with this picture…
On my lunch break that day I was fiddling around with my phone and had a thought… I wonder what the average lifespan is. A quick google search, the answer: 80 years. I then opened up my calculator app and started to mess around with different figures until one of those calculations stopped me dead in my tracks:
The average person has 29,200 days on this earth.
I was 18. I had already lived 6,570 of my 29,200 days.
Even now, at 32 years old, it feels next to impossible to grasp being 80. Everyone always says, “Time flies. Old age just creeps up on you.” And we know it intuitively that’s true but for some reason, it rarely carries any weight.
But when I saw my life in the figure of days it became very, very real.
I’ve come to learn that time is the only thing that is universal in life. You can be born into money, resources, notoriety, but time is universal. We all have a finite amount time on this planet, and none of it is guaranteed.
In the words of Harvey Mackay, “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”
Whether you’re an entrepreneur or not, we are all investors and the currency at our disposal is time and energy.
How you spend your days is how you spend your life. If you were able to zoom out and look at each day, and see how that day contributes to the bird’s eye view of your life, would you be satisfied? Would you be content with the direction of your life? Or would you, like me so many years ago, kind of freak out a bit?
If your life was a book, would you read it?
I invite you to do what I did over 14 years ago… Take you age and multiply it by 365 days. Put it on the wall, put it on a countdown clock on your phone. Put it somewhere where it will be top of mind.
“The bad news is that time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”