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Thursday, February 10, 2005


There is ALWAYS Enough Time

What do you, Oprah, Tiger Woods, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet all have the same amount of? Money? Likely not. The answer is time. Time is the measurement used to track one full rotation of the Earth on its axis. It's also the grandest most common excuse we have to defend why we can't do something. "I would be able to be with my children more if I had more time." "My sales would go up if I had more time." "I don't have time to help you with your homework, son-I have work to do."

Anyone who says that time is keeping them from a better result is admitting defeat prematurely. You're giving up. You're hiding in the sand. You're discounting your intelligence and potential to a sinful level. There is ALWAYS enough time. But only the best of best know how to use that time to create the exact outcome they desire.

If you're feeling torn or compelled to spend less time at work and more time with your family-relax. There is a solution. The trick is to ask yourself, "I wonder how I could spend more time with my family and still get the same results I want from my career?"

We men are great problem solvers. (Just ask our wives. It's all we do when all they need is an ear to listen.) So, look at this as a challenge. A problem.

There's a great scene in the movie Apollo 13 where the engineers at NASA were given the task of building an air scrubber to save the astronauts from suffocating on their own carbon dioxide discharge. The engineers took one of everything that was in the capsule, threw it on a table and said, "Build an air scrubber." There was duct tape, socks, pencils, filters, all sorts of random material not commonly used to build air scrubbers. After hours of thinking, drawing and testing, they in fact built an air scrubber out of virtually nothing. The result was the safe return of the Apollo 13 astronauts.

If you want to spend more time with your family-or your wife wants you to spend more time with your family-think of the possibilities. You'll be amazed at what you can create from nothing. Just ask the guys on Apollo 13.
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