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Posted on 14 September 2018

Words matter. Period. Language can be subtle, but its impact can be profound. When put together just right words have started wars, put a man on the moon, and dared us to dream. With that kind of power, it’s no surprise that word really fuel my fire. So this week I wanted to share one of my favorite sayings with you guys, and what it means to me.

“Time is the ultimate currency. Money isn’t real, people are.”

1. Invest wisely

With whom, how, and where do you pass your time? The activities you spend the most time on, the people you spend the most time with, and the places you spend the most time in all help influence the type of person you are and will become in the future. You can get around the best people in the world, but if you aren’t intentional with how you spend the time you have with them, you won’t end up where you want to be.

2. Everyone can have an influence

You may not have a lot to give, but we have all time. Nothing has been more impactful on me than when someone has given me than undivided attention, and I know they are locked in on me. In a world where the market for our attention is increasingly competitive, it is liberating to be around people who are willing to put the buzz of busy on mute for a minute. The magic of this is that it works both ways. No matter what level you’re at in your life, career, organization whatever, there is nothing better to give another person than your undivided attention.

3. You can’t take it with you

In a recent speech Jeff Bezos introduced an idea to me called work life “harmony.” I’ve heard a lot about the notion of work life balance, but I like work life harmony better. The way I interpreted his message was to mean that we will always have conflicting interests for our time: home, family, friends, recreation, rest. There is no one sizes fits all formula for how to divide up our time, we will always be forced to give something up, and with so much to do, it can seem like we’re giving up a lot. We can’t fall into that trap. Whatever we do, whoever we do it with, and wherever we do it, we need be there. In that moment, with that person, at that place. Feel what it’s like to be all in on the moment, and when things seem a little crazy, switch it up until it feels right again.

-Matt Pekarek

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