I recently stumbled across an astonishing quote by Derek Sivers, an author I know nothing about. Or, didn’t know anything about until yesterday. Here’s the quote:
“I hate to waste a single hour. I feel the precious value of time, most of the time. I imagine my time as worth $500 an hour, and ask myself what’s worth $500. Watching a TV show? Absolutely not. (“Game of Thrones” at 63 hours so far = $31,500 to watch.) Social media? Absolutely not. Focused on learning or creating? Yep. Being with my kid? Always.”
The original quote is here: https://sive.rs/about
I like the idea of placing a monetary value on time. I have done this for years. I just didn’t use the number $500. That’s probably a better approach. $500 an hour makes you really consider how you are using your time.
It adds up. If you focus on sports and politics, years from now you are going to be able to talk about sports and politics.
But, what if you dedicated that time to learning a new skill? That adds up, too. Years from now (perhaps sooner) you may be able to quit that job you are tired of and make a living with the new skill you learned.
It works. That’s what I did. If I can do it with Latin, my guess is, you could do it with your new skill.
What do I recommend?
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