Let’s say you’re moving to a new house interstate. To help you out one of your friends pay for the moving company. A very generous offer worth $5,000. another friend comes to your house and helps you pack the boxes, load the truck, travel with you to the new house, unload and unpack the boxes. Two weeks later, both friends need a favour on the same day. Who would you be inclined to help, the one who wrote a cheque or the one who committed time and energy?
Unlike the time and effort people put into something, it is what money represents that give it value. The cost of something is relevant to what people place on it whereas time cannot be given back. There are 2 million dollar watches and 10 dollar watches that both do the same job, possibly made with a process that took approximately the same time. How many times have you been in a meeting thinking, I will never get this time back.
So what has society said about the value of time versus money, lets delve into it:
1. People don’t come around to your place to look at your possessions, they come to exchange stories of the great times that you spent together, your experiences.
2. If you lock them up in the kennel , and only bring them out to show them off as an asset, no tail wagging: I Love My Dog.
3. It’s what you focus on that gets the money rolling in, how you spend your time.
4. We don’t go on and on about the time that some one gave us lots of money, the money soon is not there. But that time we were feeling suicidal and you held our hand all night, now, thats a different matter: Hold my Hand.
5. Remarkably the only thing that is always there is you, not your money, your friends. It depends on how you direct your life that makes it work out or not.
6. There are many meanings for prosperity such as wealth, success, profitability, affluence, riches, opulence, the good life, (good) fortune, ease, plenty, welfare, comfort, security, well-being; nowhere does it just say money: Prosperity.Yeha-Noha.
7. A car cannot love you.
8. Why are there so many books compared to museums. Simply put, people like stories that entertain, not things that people collected: Love Story.
9. What children remember, not the toys.
10. The big Tones take on it: you can’t get more time: Invest in Yourself.
11. Two ultra rich musicians recently took their own lives, they were not happy because they were ultra-rich.
12. Bhutan is a country that measures their gross happiness product, not their gross domestic product. Guess which country has the highest well being: Happy.
13. Better known as the advice columnist Dear Abbey, this quote would have been written in the 1950’s or 60’s. I think it is far more relevant in our instant gratification days that we now live in.
14. What should come first is your vision for life, not your bank balance. Fulfilling your vision means you are living life on your terms: Live your Life.
15. Love does not carry a price tag, remember this daily.
Why do we call a business a “company” – because it is a collection of people in the company of other people. it’s the company that matters.
Namaste until next time my dear friends.
I like your take on the way we call businesses ‘companies’. I’m sure many would agree with you, that what makes your workplace a good place to be is the quality of the companionship amongst the staff, at all levels.