Time is Not Money

It’s the kind of thing you hear all the time - “Time is Money.” It’s supposed to imply that you should hurry up because by taking more time, you are wasting your or someone else’s money.

But when you think about it, this aphorism is not actually true. In fact, it couldn’t be more wrong.

Time is not money. Time is INFINITELY more valuable than money.

If I lose $100 today, I’m 100% confident I can earn it back. Even if I were unemployed with few prospects, I’m positive that I can come up with $100 again in a short period of time.

On the other hand, if I lose a weekend, a day, or even an hour to something that is stupid and inconsequential, it’s gone. I’m NEVER getting it back.

One of my favorite yoga teachers, Amanda Moran, has been talking recently about the teachers that we don’t normally acknowledge because we don’t really see them as teachers. Last week, she was talking about death as a teacher. And oh what a teacher it can be.

Death teaches this lesson all the time. You hear about people dying with regrets, wishing they had done something different, done something else, or been elsewhere. These are all regrets relating to treating time as less valuable than money.

Time is a nonrenewable resource. Money, on the other hand, can always be had.