Wednesday, May 06, 2015 / by Caleb Pearson
Make every day count. Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Computers, really did a good job of summarizing this idea when he spoke this quote into existence…
“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” -Steve Jobs
What are you going to do today? You, just like every other human-being on the planet, woke up this morning with a gift. You woke up with 24 hours to spend in whatever way you deem the best. In a sense, that is all that you have. Time is the most valuable currency, but it is also the great equalizer. Whether you are rich or poor, time still passes at the same rate.
And when you wake up in the morning, it falls to you to decide what you are going to do with it.
So what are you going to do today?
Making every day count is a concept that might sound foreign to a lot of people. Some people might say that they ‘have to go to work’ at a job that they hate just because they need to ‘pay the bills’. Some people might say that it is not their fault that they have to do things that they don’t want to do all day… and while it is true that not every moment of every day is going to be pleasant, the question is really one of direction. Do you like the direction that you are going in, or are you headed somewhere that you don’t want to go?
The best way to make every day count is to stop and think about where you want to end up some day. Where do you want to be in a year, in five years, in ten years, and when you retire? What do you want your life to be like when your kids are old enough to move out? What kind of home do you want to invite your grandchildren into? And most importantly, what kinds of things do you want to be doing when you are at retirement age? Do you still want to be doing what you are doing now, or is there something else that you would rather be involved in?
Keep these things in mind, and use every hour of your day to move you closer to where you want to be. Sign up for college courses… get an internship… or save up to start that business that you have always wanted to start! Don’t shy away from challenges. Success is a choice, and making every day count is as simple as making choices that are going to take you, eventually, to where you really want to be.