As artists and entrepreneurs, what capital do we possess? Time. That’s all we’ve got. We have to protect our time.
-Steven Pressfield, Saying No
Everyday of my life, there are a million things I want to do, things I want to try, projects I want to start, projects I want to FINISH, and I have children to pay attention to.
So, when I have all these positive ways to spend my day, it throws me off when someone wants to sneak in a negative, destructive activity, like gossip into my day.
As it is, my time is limited, and I don’t create anywhere near as much as I would like.
Eleanor Roosevelt said great minds discuss ideas and small minds discuss people. I wouldn’t say that.
Discussing people doesn’t mean you’re small minded.
It means you have huge fears.
It means you are too afraid to discuss your own ideas,
It means you’re afraid of failing,
It means you’re afraid to learn a new skill,
Or develop one you already have,
So, you discuss people instead
because that’s easier than putting your ideas to work.
It also means you don’t value your time.
You value your fears instead.
Because when you value your time, you realize just how limited it is.
When you’re lying on your death-bed, you might regret time you didn’t spend with loved ones, or you’ll think about that business you never started, or that book you never finished, or whatever other thing you wanted to do.
You won’t lie on your death-bed wondering why your friend Sally doesn’t get along with her husband and if something scandalous is going on between them. You won’t be wondering if all the rumors about Joe Schmo are true and you won’t care who shot the sherif.
Because all that will matter is – what YOU did with your life.
That is your job.
To do stuff with your life.
Not to discuss and speculate what others are doing with theirs.
People are interesting.
I understand why we discuss each other at times.
But, every time we do, we’re giving our time away.
Protect your time.