Time is Never the Problem


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Everyone has the same 24 hours in every day. In that respect, we are all on equal footing. How that time is used, is what separates high achievers from everybody else.

Many of the rich people in my study, 65% in fact, were managing at least three streams of income. Forty-five percent were managing at least four streams and 29% were managing at least five streams of income.

Yet, despite all of their obligations and responsibilities, somehow they had time to serve on the boards of charities, to write books, to do speaking engagements, to coach kids sports teams, to read 30 minutes or more a day, to exercise daily, to mentor or coach others and to do many other productive things.

How does someone running multiple businesses find the time to do so much?

The answer is very simple – successful people don’t find the time, they make the time.

They prioritize what matters most to them and devote time to those things. Anything that isn’t a priority, doesn’t get their attention – or their time.

Their priorities are always value-driven.

What are values?

Values are major pillars that act like a foundation for the life you live. They are the things that are most important to you. As an example, my values, in their order of importance, would be:

  1. Immediate Family
  2. Good Health
  3. Friendship
  4. Learning
  5. Financial Success
  6. Mentoring/Educating Others
  7. Charity
  8. Extended Family

Knowing your values is important because your values are drivers – they define how you spend your time. Anything that is not part of your value inventory doesn’t deserve the investment of your time.

The time we all have on earth is limited. Define what matters most to you and focus your time on those things, ignoring everything else.

That’s the most effective time management tool.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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  1. Interesting, I’ve heard many a wealthy person, usually a man, talk about all the time they spent away from their family in pursuit of wealth, and later in life were trying to make amends.

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