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Do You Want Success? Stop Valuing Your Time

Before we dive into this episode, I have to warn you that like so many of my belief altering videos, this video has the potential to trigger you.  It will especially trigger you if you have been raised with a ‘blue collar mentality’. I ask you to use the trigger to really examine and question whatever resistance arises so that you can consciously choose a mentality that best serves you and your success.

  If you were to look from objective perspective, you would see two concepts that dramatically slowed human progression.  Those concepts are the hourly wage and the salary. The human economy is built upon these concepts. One could say that time is the new currency.  Rather than suggest a way to overhaul the entire world economy, I am going to explain why this had a devastating effect on human life, excellence and progress in general.

When people began to be paid according to how many hours they spent doing a task (or for a period of time specifically instead of for the completion of a specific task) the subsequent belief that came with it, was that a person’s time is what is valuable.  Now the valuing of a person’s time is synonymous with the valuing of a person in general.  For example, how many times have you heard the following: “If he or she doesn’t value my time and prove it somehow, then he or she doesn’t value me”.  This is one of the top reasons, if not the top reason that people quit their jobs.

The first problem with this is that time is a perceptual construct that exists for the reason of tracking expansion, change and progression.  But time is in essence, an illusion. It begins to unravel at the 5th dimension only. So you’re valuing an illusion.

The second problem is that once a person began to see their time as valuable, they started to see what they were doing with their energy during that time as less important.  The incentive to really produce quality results decreased.  Many people began to do ‘just good enough’ work to keep their jobs.  Business became a never-ending road of incentives programs and bonuses to try to get people to produce quality.  People began to feel entitled to earning based on the time they spent doing a task. It doesn’t take a genius to see that the incentive to take a long time doing something or to do just enough to get paid more was also born of this concept.  Something that we have to accept is that not all uses of time are equal.

The third problem is that when we began to see what a person was doing with their talent and energy during that time as less important than their time itself, we began to lose touch with unique purpose.  Because of wounding relative to negative hierarchy, there were many societies that sought to treat all humans as equals. “Everyone’s time and energy is just the same and just as valuable as everyone else’s”.  One of the shadows of this ideology is that people are treated as if they are the same, when they are not. For more information about this, watch my equally triggering videos titled: Hierarchy (Should We Accept It) and People are Not All Equal.

Man’s skill and man’s energy was treated like one resource to be plugged into the machine of society wherever it was needed.  This is in fact the foundation of the traditional school system, which is one of the reasons you learned things you will never ever need to know in your adult life.  Really, this viewpoint became the foundation for a huge waste of true energy and talent. From objective perspective, if we valued results, it would be obvious what innate aptitude, talent and interest people had very early.  We would see how unique and different people are from day one. And children would be streamlined toward their innate gifts and interests. If you play this out, the machine of society would be a much more efficient and productive entity.  Job satisfaction would be much, much higher. You wouldn’t have to try to artificially incentivize quality results because the desire to produce them would be intrinsic. Can you imagine being told at five when you loved drawing but hated math that you could have extra art tutors rather than have to come in after school for math tutoring?  Most people in today’s world are actually in the wrong place and position within society because of this dysfunctional social mentality and dynamic.

Most of the people who instantly get the dysfunction of valuing time, own businesses and struggle with employees who are part of unions and who expect good pay for mediocre results.  However, there is a fast way for a person who has only ever been an hourly wage based employee to get the dysfunction in valuing time over results… Go hire a lawyer.

It has been a common misconception that successful people value their time more than anything else.  You’ll hear things like “What is your time worth?” Successful people will not waste time doing less than efficient or less than productive things.  For example, a business man will hire a cook or someone else to clean his house because with that time he would spend cleaning the house or cooking, he could focus his energy on an endeavor that guarantees he could afford to pay someone else to clean the house for an entire year, freeing up his energy to do what he does best... Focus on the needs of his company.  But if you really look at any of these examples of successful people valuing their time, what you will notice is that they aren’t really valuing their time specifically.  What they are valuing is their energy and where they are focusing that energy to achieve the best results.

 If we adopted this mentality, a scientist with great skill would hire someone to clean his house because universally it is a great waste of his skill (not efficient in terms of a society’s progression) for him to be focusing on cleaning his house.  It would be a bit like a violin being used as a chair. It makes no sense. It isn’t efficient. It isn’t the highest and best use of the unique being that is the scientist. The universe is interested in the highest and best use of a thing. And if we want to be in alignment with success and part of that is excellence (which are really just two of the many words we use to describe expansion) we need to adopt the same mentality.

If you felt yourself go into resistance about the previous examples, it is probably because you don’t want to accept that someone’s purpose would be cleaning.  First, this reaction comes from the fact that you have adopted a societal judgment that a person’s personal worth is lower if they are a cleaner. Second, you are making the assumption that no one’s interest, aptitude, passion and talent is cleaning.  Third, you have not seen that if people genuinely had a task they all didn’t want to do, they would quickly come up with a different way to get the job done. For example, the robotics industry would have already overhauled our world, like it will very soon.

Ironically many people question why the quality of things used to be so much higher in ancient times.  It baffles the mind that a society would focus on building something that took thousands of years to erect.  One of the reasons was that these societies valued quality and results more than time. The human lifespan was much shorter.  What mattered to them was contribution. What mattered was to feel like with what little time they had, they would leave the world with something that was truly a statement of greatness and achievement…  To leave it better than when they came. People wanted to leave a mark on the world. This is the same reason why men would sacrifice their lives for war. We can debate the rightness or wrongness of their perception that war was a worthy use of their energy later.  For the sake of this understanding, you have to see that was truly great was that it didn’t matter if it took them an hour or 2,000 years. What mattered was the quality of the result. And you can be sure they came up with all kinds of methods and tools to try to turn years into months or days.

If you want to be a success, stop valuing your time and instead value results.  Realize that it is in your hands whether something takes four days or four hours.  You only care if things take hours if you hate doing whatever it is you are doing. This begs the question, why come to earth to spend your life doing what you don’t want to do?   And if you’re doing the right thing with your energy, interests, aptitude and talent, you’re going to have passion for what you’re doing so it wont matter if it takes four days or four hours.  To grasp this concept further, watch my video titled: Have To (The Life Philosophy That Will Ruin Your Life).

It may strike you as odd that someone like myself is telling you to focus on and value results, especially given that people who teach any spirituality usually tell you to focus on the journey, not the destination and that happiness belongs to the person who can feel joy about what is and that the desire for excellence is simply a function of the ego.  But both expansion and stillness have a place and have value in this universe.

When you are focused on success, you are focused on expansion.  To succeed, you must consider your energy is what creates. The right focus and use of that energy in order to achieve the best results is the order of the day.  No matter what anyone says, no boss is going to simply value your time; a person who sits in a corner and does nothing but breathes oxygen also has time. What they are going to value is results.  You are no different. You don’t value the 20 hours that a plummer may take to fix a problem if he doesn’t fix it. In fact, you’d be pissed to pay him for those 20 hours if he didn’t fix it. You value the result, which would be him fixing the problem.  If he doesn’t fix it, you either don’t care about the time he spent doing it or at best, you value his effort.  

This life is not about time.  It’s about how you focus and spend your energy in this dimension we call physical life.   A person could be given one hour and live a more meaningful and successful life with that one hour than a person who was given 40 years.  Make sure that what you focus on and how you spend your energy is on what really matters to you. Let go of the idea that your time itself matters.  If all that mattered was what you were doing within any given timeframe, how would you feel about yourself and your life?


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