“Always remember that the most valuable asset you possess is your time”
You can always make more money, you can always get another job, you can always acquire more material possessions. The one thing you can never get more of is more time. Life is not like a football game. There’s not an official scorekeeper who is going to tell you how much time you have left. No one is going to give you a two minute warning to let you know that your time is about to run out. One second, you’ll feel like you have all the time in the world and the next second you will have run out of time. And no matter how much time you get, you will always wish you had just a little bit more time.
I remember when I was a little boy, I used to ask my Dad to tell me stories about his father, my grandfather, who had passed away many years before I was born. And whenever my Dad talked about him, he always told me, “You know son – I would give anything to be able to talk to my father for five more minutes. And someday when I am dead and gone, you will understand what I am talking about.”
And you know what? He was right. My Dad passed away in 2009 and I would give anything - anything - to be able to talk to my Dad again just one more time for five more minutes. To share with him all the things he missed - like me getting my MBA from Chicago Booth, to show him the pictures of the grandchildren he never got to meet, to share a beer and talk about our beloved Dallas Cowboys. If only I had five more minutes.
Cherish, value, and protect the time you have been given. And take a few minutes today to talk to your parents - I’m sure they would love to hear from you.