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The Value of Time and Money

Updated on October 12, 2015

Time is Money

We live in a society where time waits for no man. As the seasons rapidly change, we know this to be true. The beautiful warm days of summer are long gone, and we prepare for the brisk air autumn brings. In any case, the seasons do not change according to how the people of society feel, but instead, it changes according to its designated time. Take for instance, an individual who uses public transportation. City line buses have a set schedule and route that they follow on a day to day basis. If an individual needs public transportation services they will do whatever it takes to be on time for that ride. Everyone has seen that one person who planned poorly or woke up late and was found chasing the bus rather than riding it. It is a known fact, either you show up on time or you suffer the consequences for being late. True hustlers wake up in the morning trying to figure out how to make as much money in the time given for each day. When opportunity arises we take it, no one waits for a perfect time or opportunity to be successful. We take our chances, and waste no time pondering on what “could” be. In essence, time is money, and neither of us have either to waste.

Let’s talk about these full time wanna be rappers. Now a days everyone wants to get behind the mic and babble about $$, cars, clothes and hoes…but yet, fail horribly to have any of the things they rap about. I do not understand why a man or woman would waste their entire youth chasing a pipe dream and have absolutely nothing to fall back on. Getting an education is far more important than gaining a fan base. One of my favorite rappers is B.O.B. Not only is he extremely handsome, but the man is also intelligent. He owns his Masters in Communications. He took the route that so many young (black) men refuse to take. That is, getting the education to match the dream. The same midnight oil that is burnt at the studio can be used to study and perfect the craft. Time is money, and although the glitz and glamour that the industry portrays is enticing…keep in mind that mirages always appear real until you get up close. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of people who make it big in the music industry without an education, but I can guarantee you they have connections to a lot of money. I live in the Midwest where music is life! However, I see far too many young men chasing after a rap dream, instead of chasing after an education. I see more black men bragging about how many ‘thots’ he may have than how many degrees or certificates he owns. Nothing in life is free…everything has a cost, whether it be physically or figuratively speaking. In some form or another you have to pay for everything you do. I would never suggest an individual give up on their dreams. I am implying that time is costly, it is imperative to equate your time to the value of money. Knowledge is power, get some.

Even in relationships, we see how time and money coincide. If a man has a whole lot of time on his hands, it’s safe to assume he doesn’t have a lot of money. If a man has a lot of money, you better believe he won’t have a lot of time. It doesn’t mean the relationship won’t work, it simply means you have to be on the same page as your partner. We are adults, prioritizing our lives according to what’s most important should come first nature to us. Relationships take time to build. Whether between platonic friends, or two lovers; it takes a certain amount of time to be able to get to know (trust) an individual. Value your time enough to know when it is being wasted. Countless of relationships fail horribly when time and money does not balance out. I believe it is because we set our expectations high, but then lower them when we cannot find what it is that we truly want. “The worst thing for a beautiful woman to do is settle for change when she is worth more than a dime”. Patience is truly of virtue & time is money. If we valued our time like we did our money, relationships would have more meaning; people would take it (relationships) more seriously. But this is America, time waits for no man…and apparently neither does love.

Everything in this world has its own specific time and season. From one corner of the earth to the next, we all have one thing in common, that is, the amount of time we have in each day. The same opportunities that are available for one man is available for the next, it all depends on who values their time more. A pitiful man will make more excuses than Pinocchio himself, while an eager man will find a way to accomplish what he set out to do. Time is of the essence and there really is none to waste. Laugh while you can, sing while your vocal cords still work, and dance like no one is watching! You can always tell the difference between an individual who values their time and an individual who does not. A busy man does not have time to post about his every move, or how much money he makes per hour to impress people who could care less. Those minor details have no relevance to his priorities. I use the term man for an example but this applies to women too! I always say, Real women do real things and we don’t have to brag about it. Time is money, and women like me don’t waste time telling people how awesome we are…we just do the damn thing and watch the results.

Some of the most successful people in the world have dedicated a lot of their time to whatever purpose they serve. They knew the value of their time, and took the opportunity to equate their time to their money. A college graduate doesn’t make 80k or 100k fresh out the gate…it takes time. A baby when it is born, doesn’t automatically talk or walk. These things have to be taught and learned…which takes time. I always feel bad for the four year old kid who doesn’t have clear dialect or can’t form a sentence (without a learning disability). I automatically blame the parents for not using time to teach or educate their child at home. It’s a known fact…Time is money. When we invest our time in something it is as if we are also investing our money as well. That college student that invested/sacrificed time for a higher education probably had their financial future in mind. It’s easier said than done, but the people parish because of a lack of knowledge. If the mindset is to be a millionaire by the age of 35, one must spend their time doing whatever it takes to attain that status. The only millionaires I know who did not have to invest time, are those who were born into wealth. I come from a humble Christian family, we didn’t have silver spoons… we recycled the plastic ones.

I’m sure the entire US of A has encountered that saying that goes, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” I have used this ghetto Ebonics term a lot in the year 2015! I value my time the same way I do my money. If I don’t go to the store and buy the Esquire or any other gossip mag, why would I physically entertain distasteful gossip? My time is more important than discussing another person’s life or personal business. I just wasted 6 years of my (time) life in a relationship that didn’t work out. I can only imagine the amount of money I wasted as well. Countless of opportunities I let pass by while spending valuable time focused on my relationship. My only regret is that I didn’t value my time enough. Time and money; the only two things in this world that will never lose its value. If we take the two and compare them ourselves, we see they are more important than anything else we deal with on a day to day basis. For a loved one whose life was just taken from him, no amount of money could bring him back home to his mother and father…we can only gain solace from the time we were allowed to spend with him here on earth. (RIP Russell Mitchell Jr.)

Everyone in the world is busy doing one thing or another. True hustlers wake up in the morning with the thought of how to make the most money in the time allotted for one day. Even the crooks on Wall Street race the clock for money. Most people understand how time and money coincide. For those of you who do not, I write this article. Learn to value your time like you do your money, I’m sure none of it would be wasted. We aren’t just living this life to say “Hey, I lived here.” We are all given a certain unknown amount of time to accomplish our hearts desires while here on earth. It is never too late to start on a personal journey towards a better life. It is never too late to place a higher value on your time. In fact, if you valued your time like you did your money…you wouldn’t waste another second! Yes, the LOVE of Money is the root of all evil but without the all mighty dollar you can’t do a damn thing! Think about that the next time your home girl wants you to call off work to go to the mall, or when a guy with no education or aspiration tries to holler at you. Take heed. The last thing you want to do is waste the value of your time on something or someone that was not worth it to begin with. Here’s a rhetorical question: If time is money, how are you spending yours? Think about that.


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