“Outsource what you can so you can excel at what you can’t.” — A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload by Cal Newport
One of the most important conversations I’ve ever had was with my Regional Manager when, back in my younger days, I worked for a large insurance company.
One day he told me, “Do your job as if you’re making 100.00 an hour and if what you’re doing is not worth 100.00 an hour eliminate it or pay someone else to do it.
That statement changed the entire trajectory of my life and goes with me to this day.
Up until then I was one of those guys who duct taped leaky pipes to keep from paying a plumber, did my own taxes, and busted or burnt my knuckles every three thousand miles to save a few bucks on an oil change.
When it came to getting something done I thought in terms of saving money instead of leveraging my time to get the greatest return.
I think it is safe to say that making the decision to flip that one switch – becoming an investor of my time instead of a saver of my pennies is one of the top ten most important decisions I ever made in my life.
Back in the mid-1980’s making a hundred dollars an hour was not even in my universe. I’ll forever be grateful for that Regional Manager broadening my horizons.
Maybe your horizon needs to be broaden.
How much is your time (life) worth? What is the real cost for saving a few pennies when you could be investing your life in something that will give a far greater return? (And I am not just talking about money.)
The ONE THING for today:
One of my most favorite poems says it better than I can:
Some men die by shrapnel,
Some go down in flames.
Most men perish inch by inch,
Playing little games