Alright, so take this in and let it resonate: If we only have 24 hours in one day, our success is dependent on how we use that 24 hours. I was listening to Eric Thomas, who is a motivational speaker and author, preach this statement to his audience. As soon as I heard him loudly utter this statement with his passionate voice, it really resonated within me. I love this statement so much that I have to repeat it again. If we only have 24 hours in one day, our success is dependent on how we use that 24 hours. The difference between Oprah – one of the world’s richest women – and a grown man that’s broke is that Oprah uses her 24 hours more diligently. It really is as simple as that. Eric Thomas mentioned to his audience that when he was broke and not as successful as he is now, he would just wake up in the morning whenever he felt like it and live everyday just going through the motion. But he finally realized that if he wanted success to come into his life, he would have to get a better grip on his 24 hours. When looking at some of the world’s most successful people, such as a Warren Buffett, Eric Thomas said there was something profound he noticed about all the successful people when reading about them: they all just happened to wake up around 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning. Now, what exactly does this mean if they’re waking up before everybody? The reason why it seems like they’re always a notch above everyone else isn’t because they’re just so much smarter, they just have a 5-hour jump on the rest of the world. While everyone else is peacefully sleeping, they’re already up grinding, working on their craft.
It’s really amazing when you think about it. Everyone has the same 24 hours, but some just choose to use their time differently. It’s not like Steve Jobs or Mark Cuban had more hours to work with than the man who is living out in the streets homeless, it’s just that they decided to use their 24 hour more diligently.
I learned from Eric Thomas’ seminar that time does not wait on us, it keeps moving without you or with you.. When you’re young, it feels like you have all the time in the world. But as you get older, have you noticed that time seems to move faster? I swear one night I went to bed at the age of 20, and woke up the next morning 23-years-old. There is no time to waste, and if we want to get somewhere in life, then we have to get on it. If an athlete can have the same 24 hours of a Michael Jordan, an aspiring doctor can have the same 24 hours of a Ben Carson, or a writer can have the same 24 hours as a Malcolm Gladwell, then why can’t we be just as great as them? At the end of day, it’s simply just time. What are we willing to spend our 24 hours on? It’s up to us.