There is a big difference in spending time versus investing your time.
Spending time is a lot like spending money.
Think back to when you were younger and you went to the mall with your friends. You just got paid, and you cashed your paycheck so you could go out. Every place you stopped, you got something. You got a cookie because they were advertised as fresh. You stopped by the ice cream stand and got a strawberry shake because everyone else was getting one. By the end of the day, you spent all of your hard earned money and you’ve got nothing to show for it. It’s a lot like spending your time.
Funny thing, you can’t get time back. We are all equal in the amount of time we get in a day.
That’s why we must be very careful what we do with our time, and invest instead of spend.
When we invest our time, we are knowingly conducting ourselves in such a manner that we are growing as individuals. And, most of the time, while we are investing our time, we are investing in those around us. Maybe I can only speak for myself, but when I’m investing my time in and with others, I find that the reward is much greater than if I would have spent my time doing something by myself.
Remember time like this: Time is money, spend it and it will cost you, but if you invest it correctly you can watch it work for you.