“If you spend 86’400 seconds each day on things to improve your life, you will become wealthy in other areas of your life.” -Michael J. Fite
Keep this in mind whenever you find yourself wondering the true value of your time. When you decide to waste your time being unproductive or hanging around negative people, you will not gain all that you possibly can out of the chances that you do have. This can cause you to miss out on your own growth and be angry at others who use their time wisely. When you decide to productively use your time on things and positive people who will improve your life, you will start to see how each second that you use can benefit you. This can give you the confidence and faith to keep on adding and acquiring things that will make your life even better than before.
Being that I am an investor at heart, I do believe that in order to get something out of life, you have to be willing to spend something. I have done this throughout my life, and have gained more than I have lost in life because of this belief. My military career has been proof of this very thing.
Ten years ago, I started off as a recruit who had no clue what I had gotten myself into. From day one, the division commanders would stress the importance of how every second is valuable in the development of a person and a sailor. Over 10 years, I have had to spend a considerable amount of time away from family and friends learning, studying, and working hard. I have also had to invest in seeking out and applying guidance from mentors who were examples of where I wanted to be.
I am happy to say that with all that I had to spend, it has and still is continuing to pay off for me in having a successful career thus far. The wealth that has come from spending my time getting better as a person in the military is not just financially or rank wise, but in other areas as well. Here is my true value of wealth as of now:
- I am wealthy when it comes to knowledge and wisdom because I have learned a lot through taking chances and learning through my ups and downs to where I can handle most situations
- I am wealthy when it comes to motivating and inspiring others because of the inspiration and motivation I have received from you and many other people in my life to keep giving it back to world.
- I am wealthy when it comes to love because people have shown me the meaning of love even at my lowest points and how to give it to people when they need it the most.
- Most importantly, I am wealthy when it comes to my time because each second I spend, I am always thinking of ways to make my life better, inspire myself and others to change, and motivate myself and others to succeed.
Your time can bring you wealth in many areas of your life as long as you are willing to productively spend your time on the people and things that are going to help you get to where you want to be. The moment you feel that you do not have the time or see yourself wasting your time on unproductive things and negative people will be the moment you start losing out on your opportunities to convert your time into wealth. Let’s remember that your time is like a cell phone plan without a rollover plan: use your all of your time daily wisely because you do not get to carry additional time into the next day.
-Michael J. Fite