How the value of time, not money, change you positively?


By: MJ Gonzales | Executive Chronicles

There are celebrities who share that being busy at work help them to cope with their personal problems.  

We know that separation, bankruptcy or rejection are hurtful to people. It’s therefore understandable if they can’t think anything other than their struggles during these times.  However, if we put in time as an element in this “busyness,” probably it makes a person become durable and practically stronger.


Making yourself busy doesn’t only involve draining your energy so you forget thinking about your problem.  It also entails time that you need to divide in different things that matter to you.  Like our career that’s a big part of our day-to-day routine, wherein as much as we want to cater sour feelings, we can’t afford to because of the deadlines or the so called “bosses” at work.  It is also the same with putting the value of time that it doesn’t only make us productive, but also helps us focus on what’s important and makes us happy.

Remember the famous Stanford commencement speech of the late Steve Jobs of Apple? He mentioned several times how valuing time molded him to become driven despite the difficulties he experienced. He was kicked out from the company he created and discovered that he had cancer.  

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

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Another point, which was indirectly mentioned in the speech, is how much time we spend with negative people and things.

Like, why need to bother with TV shows and personalities that only make us envy? Is it cooler if we find hobbies that refreshes our minds and healthy like yoga, meditation, gardening or attend motivational events?  In fact, using a smartphone is not a problem at all. It’s how and when you use it that will affect your work flow.  

Time is precious, limited, and as many say, it also can heal.  Perhaps it heals faster and transforms if we focus on its value for ourselves and people around us.