Listen to just about anyone discussing their life’s goals, their “bucket list,” and you might hear things like:
“I want enough money so I never have to work on someone else’s schedule again.”
“I wanna see the Pyramids of Egypt, the Antarctic, and sample all the fine barbecue establishments in Kansas City before I die.”
“I want to hold my grandkids’ kids.”
“I hope to help at least 100 homeless people find a permanent home.”
“I want to explore Machu Picchu.”
“If I play my cards right, I can find a nice little scuba class in Bali that needs an instructor. That would be my dream job.”
“I want to see a game at every professional baseball stadium in the US.”
“Skydiving sounds like a kick in the pants.”
“I want to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.”
“I want to go on pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain.”
“I want to see the Northern Lights.”
Each of us is on a journey. We share our journey with a select few.
Even as we share our journey, our goals are rarely the same as anyone else’s. That’s what makes us unique, like everyone else.
But, there’s one thing that links all our journeys; a common theme in every bucket list. The ultimate quest.
The quest for time.
We want quality time, special time, alone time, together time, family time, me time, kid time, game time. We want to spend our time as we choose. Time to explore. Time to give. Time to waste when we want. How we spend our time defines who we are.
We don’t just want more time. We want time on our terms.
Defining the “deal terms” for using our most precious resource is where the real challenge begins.
Are you the one setting your terms?
My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. –Steve Jobs
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