The Thing About Time
Just like the author of this article Robert Kiyosaki, we’ve always been fans of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
According to Maslow, all human beings start with the basic physiological needs—that is needs to survive such as…
From there, things ladder up to safety, love and belonging, esteem, and finally, self-actualization.
For Maslow, self-actualization was becoming the best of your potential, to be what you could be.
Many of us long for that, though few achieve it.
And you could argue that those who reach the level of self-actualization are constantly creating new areas of achievement.
The fact is that the most successful people in the world are those who excel at living at the level of self-actualization. But there is a key to achieving this level of need that may not be readily apparent—it is, literally, making time.
Sure, it sounds nice in theory, but who’s got the time?
If you think about it, if there’s one thing extremely successful people seem to have, it’s lots of time. You may have asked this at one time, “How do they get so much done?”
It seems like successful people have an unnatural ability to do more than the average person.
You may be tempted to think this is because of a harder work ethic, or because they put in the hours. And while that can be true for a few, the reality is that most successful people understand the value of time—and of creating time by delegating tasks that suck time up.
As Harvard Business School reports…
“New research finds that we’d all be much happier and healthier campers if we eased up on the cooking, scrubbing, and grocery shopping and instead threw a little money at these problems.”
Professor Ashley V. Whileans, who helped conduct the study, points out that many people have no problem saving for…
- Personal experiences
- Going out for nice meals
- Health care
…but don’t seem to feel free to save up and pay for services that would free up time.
Yet, according to her study, after receiving $40 to spend over a weekend on either a material item like a bottle of wine or on time-saving purchases, “people reported that spending money on time-saving purchases left them in a better mood than spending money on material goods.”
And when you’re in a better mood, you’re more predisposed to do your best work on things you care about—like build that side business.
Ideas flow, productivity increases, and barriers are broken.
If you continue to fight that nagging feeling that you could be doing more, don’t push it away. Instead, I encourage you to take a look at how you can invest in creating more time to focus on the passions and goals you have for yourself.
Rather than looking at something like a housekeeper as an expense, view it as an investment so that you can achieve your goals and dreams. The key, of course, is to use your free time to do something constructive that moves you toward self-actualization, not just sit on the couch and binge-watch Netflix.
Today, start thinking like the rich when it comes to your time…and just maybe you’ll be rich in no time.
Editor, Rich Life Daily
NY Times Best-Selling Author, Rich Dad Poor Dad