Someday soon a Thursday is gong to creep up on us, and when it comes, we will take over the world. Today John C talks about going from Selfish to Significant. He begins by dropping a quote by Malcolm Forbes:
“People who matter most are aware that everyone else does, too.”
Self-centeredness is the root of almost every problem in this world. Both inside your soul and without. And whether we want to admit it or not, it’s a problem we each have to a certain extent. John C says, “If you are tempted to believe that it is not an issue with you, then let me ask you a question. When you look at a group photo that you are in, who do you look for first?” And does it matter what the rest of the group looks like? Haha. As long as you are looking good, the picture is perfect.
So what is the big problem with someone being a little self-centered? There are several problems. Self-centered people don’t create cultures that endure. Those who think of themselves first will ALWAYS fail. They will never be truly happy. Most mid-life crisis are spent buying new motorcycles, getting stylish new haircuts and hair colors, and tattoos. I spent mine, as a single dad, trying to find myself again so that I could be the best example I could be to my kids who I had full-time. During that time, I realized how selfish I was being in certain places. And the thing that stuck out to me the most was how selfish I was being with my time.
Although we don’t have to pay money to have 24 hours in a day, time is the most valuable thing that we possess. One of the greatest skills I have learned over the course of my 36 years is the importance of maximizing my time. If I waste 10 minutes in a day, it literally stings my soul a bit. I know that sounds pretty ridiculous, but let me explain so you know where my heart is. Every minute that I call “A waste of my time”, even if it is 10 minutes in a day, is an opportunity where I could have taught my sons a new trick with the baseball bat, an opportunity to listen to Ashton tell me one of her stories about dinosaurs, an opportunity to reach out to a sales rep in need. An opportunity to relieve some stress from my wife by cleaning a bathroom. Spending those 10 minutes helping other people may not make or break my day, but it sure as hell could the person I decided to help. 10 minutes a day lost over the course of a normal persons life, loses them over 6 months of time. Time not well spent.
Be the master of your time and be the master of your service. Being self-centered with get you no where long term. It might get you ahead for a bit. But eventually, it will all come crashing back down. Life is good when you love, serve, and become significant to other people because you choose to give of your time.
Trying to serve for days, Cram