Your Single Greatest Asset


Time: a point of time as measured in hours and minutes past midnight or noon.

I keep myself very busy. Currently juggling a full time job, full-time grad school load and freelance writing, I find myself with very little time to myself or to spend with those I care about most.

Over the last year, I have come to realize that time is our single greatest asset. It is the most valuable thing that we can never replenish - once it's gone, it's gone. As we all know, life is too short the way it is, so to know we are here for a finite period, makes this asset of time even more valuable and in higher demand.

A few months ago, I was having this conversation with a very successful female entrepreneur, who was in her 50s, recently divorced with two 20-something children but truly excelling at life. I had mentioned that life was "really busy," but this had made me realize that my time was my most valuable asset -- she started crying.

It was completely unexpected and she responded, "the fact that you have figured this out already puts you YEARS ahead of your peers. We really only have three things in life: our time, money and energy, but of those three things, time is the one you can never get more of." And it hit me, that not only was she absolutely right, it seems that many people have not figured this out yet.

So ladies of all ages, I implore you to take a step back and evaluate how you are spending your time. In five, ten, fifteen years will you look back and be proud, have a sense of accomplishment and have put in the time to foster the relationships that matter the most? If what you're doing today is not leading you towards where you want to be, then it might be time to reevaluate.

Take ownership of your time and own your life. It's not easy, but it'll pay off in the end.