A classmate of mine sent me a link to an article at www.forbes.com/sites/jasonnazar. The title is Things 20-Year-Olds Don’t Get. I think Jason Nazar makes some very good points, but I don’t think it applies just to 20-year-olds. I think there are nuggets in the article that apply to everyone. It is a little long for my blog, so I will just reprint it a little at a time. Most of the article is about work ethics. Here is what Jason Nazar wrote about time:
“Time is Not a Limitless Commodity – I so rarely find young professionals that have a heightened sense of urgency to get to the next level. In our 20s we think we have all the time in the world to A) figure it out and B) get what we want. Time is the only treasure we start off with in abundance, and can never get back. Make the most of the opportunities you have today, because there will be a time when you have no more of it.”
I agree with Nazar about the use of time. What he said is true for 30-year-olds and 40-year-olds as well. In the beginning of his article, He does not offer much advice. Later on in the article, he does get around to offering advice. At this point, he does not tell the reader how to make the best use of the time we have. The problem for me has always been figuring what is important and to spend time on that.
One lesson I learned a little late is that life is about people and success in life is about people. I use to focus on the mission and the task before I realized that if I focused on the people instead, the mission and task would take care of itself. Now that I have learned many of life’s great lessons, I am retired and no longer in a position where I can use all the lessons. However, I am now able to enjoy life.