Time Vs. Money: Which Would You Choose?

Time is money

Time or money, which would you rather have an abundance of? Would you prefer to have an infinite amount of time, or an unlimited amount of money? Of course money can provide you with things you may not be able to purchase with time. However, time affords you longevity and the ability to have time to do the things necessary to earn money. Sometimes I wonder why we choose money over time, or vice versa. I do believe that we all want to be comfortable and also enjoy life’s various pleasures. To a degree, having money provides us with the comfort that we all desire. But just imagine what you could do with an infinite amount of time. I think that the lives we lead are a constant struggle between valuing time or money. While some days we prefer to have more time, other days we prefer to have more money.

Many of us that lack an abundance of money spend our time in pursuit of it, or lament over the fact that we don’t have enough. Those of us with an abundance of money spend time trying to accumulate more, while also enjoying the comforts afforded to those with money. A small minority of people are content with their financial status, and focus on using money to buy more time. For instance, money can allow you to get back the time you spend on various tasks by employing someone else to do it. For this reason, some may say that having more money can lead to more problems.

Regardless of the category you fall into, your value system dictates your views on the importance of money and time. In addition to values, your personal circumstances exert great influence on your perceptions of time and money. Having responsibilities (i.e. family or financial obligations) only serves to heighten the intensity of the battle between the importance of money or time. The individual with no responsibilities is free to choose what’s best in terms of pursuing more time or pursuing more money. On the other hand, the individual with many responsibilities has a tougher decision to make. For example, should the focus be placed on time, which can be used to spend with family? What about the spending time to make money as a means of supporting family? This dichotomy is one that we will always be faced with.

In my opinion, taking the idealist perspective is not very beneficial. Instead, we each must assess our current reality and decide where the emphasis should be placed. At the end of the day, we will face the inevitable. Our time will eventually expire, and the money we have accumulated will not depart with us. Personally, I have reached a point where a balance has been achieved in terms of utilizing time wisely, while also managing to earn money to support my family. If you’re still struggling with this issue, keep this thought in mind. Money can be created, but time can only be gained or lost. Our time clock starts ticking from the day of our birth. We have no way of knowing when our time will be up, but it will, and probably sooner than you think.


Back To Blogging: Live, Inspire, Enjoy

Blogging Logo 1After a three year hiatus, I’ve decided that now is the time to continue blogging on a regular basis. When I created this blog, I was in the midst of preparing for major life changes. My wife and I were on the verge of relocating from the West coast to the East coast, a journey that would require us to complete a cross-country drive in three days. Also, I was transitioning from a career as an engineer to becoming a full-time doctoral student. Probably the greatest aspect of my changing life at that time was the upcoming birth of our first child. Needless to say, things were got crazy. As I struggled to adjust to life away from sunny San Diego (given the beautiful weather there, you too would have withdrawals), juggling my duties as a new father and first-year PhD student essentially killed off any free time I had for blogging.

While looking back over the past three years, I can truly say that those life changes led to a rapid evolution of my perspective on life and the world we live in. Gone are the days where I once denounced the “corporate drone” lifestyle and only encouraged entrepreneurial free spirit. The unique blend of capitalism and socialism in our society does require that someone starts the businesses that employ the masses. But, at the end of the day, we’re all occupying space on the blue marble (planet Earth) while trying to make a living and enjoy ourselves at the same time. My focus has always been on making a difference in the lives of others. However, I now concentrate my efforts on finding the right balance to be able to live, inspire, and enjoy simultaneously. It is always easier said than done, but I’m keeping my eye on the prize.

With that said, through blogging, I plan to continue influencing the masses with my thoughts, feelings and opinions on a myriad of issues. Hopefully you’ll follow along, learn something, and contribute to the dialogue along the way. Barring any other major life changes, you can look forward to my contributions to this blog on a more regular basis. That’s all for now. Until next time, live, inspire and enjoy!