Your Life is an Hourglass

by Brandon Steiner June 24, 2013 0 Comments

It's funny - when we hire someone who is billed by the hour, we tend to place a premium on efficiency.

We want that work done as quickly as possible, as cheaply as possible. Time is money!

But when it comes to ourselves - and our own work - we tend to dillydally a lot more.

Think about all the time you waste at work looking at cat pictures, shopping for shoes, or playing Words with Friends.

And those are "optional" activities.

You "waste" so much time over the course of your life doing unavoidable activities.

Over the course of a lifetime, the average person spends:

  • 7 years in the bathroom
  • 6 years eating
  • 5 years waiting in line
  • 3 years in meetings
  • 2 years playing telephone tag
  • 8 months opening junk mail
  • 6 months sitting at red lights

Sure, you have to eat and go to the bathroom and all that, but my point is that that is not time spent getting closer to your life goals.

Your life is an hourglass.

You don’t have to hire a therapist or a lawyer to be billed by the hour.

You're being "billed" by the hour all the time!

Every day, every hour, every minute you lose time.

Every minute you "waste," you're getting charged for poor work in the form of your own time slipping away.

You wouldn't accept that scenario if you hired a contractor, but you probably accept it from yourself.

The question is: If you don’t repsect your own time, how is anyone else going to respect it?

Look at yourself as a business no matter where you are in your career. Be the most efficient business you can be.

Respect your own time.

You are, essentially, a finite container of time and energy. And there are no free refills.

Are you making the most of yourself?

Brandon Steiner
Brandon Steiner


Brandon Steiner is the founder and chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing and Memorabilia, the largest company of its kind in America. Considered a sports marketing guru, Brandon is a permanent fixture in the media as a regular on ESPN NY Radio 98.7 FM and as host of "The Hook-Up with Brandon Steiner" on YES Network. He has appeared frequently on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, and in newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The author of The Business Playbook: Leadership Lessons from the World of Sports and You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire, Brandon lives in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife, Mara and children Crosby and Nicole.

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