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Invest Your Greatest Asset Wisely

Oct 19, 2016

Invest Your Greatest Asset Wisely 

'I wish it need not have happened in my time,' said Frodo.'But that is not for us to decide,' said Gandalf, 'All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.'

Sitting on my bed, I flip the pages of an old, tattered copy of The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring by JRR Tolkein. I breathe in the comforting scent of its pages. I open randomly to the second chapter where two major characters - Frodo and Gandalf - contemplate their fate after inheriting a dark, evil ring...and the responsibility to destroy it.

While Frodo, the younger of the two, wishes things were different, Gandalf accepts everything as it is and looks forward to do his best with the time he has been given.

He doesn't waste time overthinking.

He doesn't worry about things beyond his control.

He knows he has limited time. It's this that most of us fail to understand.

We fail to understand that our success and failure are a direct result of where and how we invest our time. If we invest it unwisely, failure will follow. Period.

Thus, here are a few things to remember to invest your time in the best possible way.

Maintain Focus

Of late I came across an interesting story which proves that no matter how efficient, talented, or capable you are...if you lose focus, you lose everything.

Until the late 1910s (back when lion taming was a popular circus act), most lion tamers lost their lives in the ring. But then a man named Clyde Betty, who was a lion cage cleaner, came up with a novel idea to better tame lions. With a large whip in one hand and a chair in the other, he tamed many lions and never got attacked.

While people believed that his whip scared the lions, his chair did the real trick.

When a tamer holds a chair in front of a lion's face, the chair's four legs divide the lion's focus. Confused, the beast freezes rather than attacks.

Such is the power of distraction. If it could make a lion lose its ferocity and nature to kill, just imagine to what extent it diverts us from our goals and kills our valuable time.

In the circus of life, an undivided focus can save time and pay dividends.

Procrastinate Not

You may delay, but time will not. - Benjamin Franklin

Before preaching about non-procrastination, I must admit that I was a procrastinator myself. Until I met a co-model on one of my advertisement shoots, who worked with more brands and walked the ramp for renowned designers.

While I indulged in desserts and fast food on the set, my co-model was on fruits, egg whites, and almonds. While I slept till 10 everyday, he woke up at six to workout.

Whatever he did was something I always wanted to do, but I postponed it to tomorrow... I procrastinated. But time didn't wait for me, and someone who did things on time eventually beat me. I had learnt a lesson and it made me more disciplined.

In today's scenario, when every field has fierce competition, it can happen with anyone. Valuing the time that we have in our hands is the biggest trait of those who stay on the top.

If we want to be there, we mustn't delay what needs to be done right away.

Overthink Not

As Gandalf didn't get carried away by Frodo's philosophical - yet unnecessary - thoughts and decided to stick to what he knew was right, we also must shut down the unproductive impulses of our minds and make the most of the time we have been given.

We must think to plan our days and set our goals. But we must also draw a line. Overthinking is addictive. And many people don't even know they suffer from it.

Overthinking might be a continuous replay in your mind of the incidents of the past. It might be excessive worry about what's coming in the future. Or it might be the unproductive judgement of the situations and people around you.

Constantly thinking and projecting images in your head instead of appreciating and living in the present moment is one of the biggest mistakes we can make.

After all, our greatest asset is the time we have right now. For we can only control and change the trajectory of our lives in the present.

Image Source: Jules Garnier via Wikimedia Commons


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1 Responses to "Invest Your Greatest Asset Wisely"

Bhim Raju

19 Oct, 2016

I don't know whether this is the best ever I've read from commonsense living but this is certainly among the best. Many congratulations Swapnil for the brilliant write-up! Bhim

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