The main question every time you take action should be:
How much do I value an extra day of life?
How much would I pay to live a day longer?
If you have very little need and you are not really interested in living a long and happy life, you can do whatever you want.
If your answer is above 10$, then you and I are in the same mindset, and I can try banging some sense into your head.
When being asked this question, many people would undervalue their extra day of life.
Let’s say that at the age of a 100, you get this option. If you work every day at some minimal wage place for at least 2 hours, you will get an extra day to live. This extra day will be paid just by 2 hours of work. What do you think? Is that not a good deal?
What if the price of the extra day was 100$? I bet that you in 100 years of your life can prepare to get an income or some skill that you can charge people a 100$ per hour for. You would be surprised how easy it is to learn anything in this world if you have the time. Guess what? You have that time.
Why am I telling you this hypothetical thing?
Throwing away life
There are some actions that many of us do daily. Some of those activities tend to take a lot of time from our lives—kind of killing you slowly from the inside.
- Some people and smoke and with every cigarette they take a single day away from their life.
- Some people drink, and with each extra glass, they take a day off their lives.
- Some people risk their life, and the stress and adrenalin accelerate their body expenditure or energy, and that takes a toll on their lifetime.
- Some people eat junk food and drink sugary drinks, and that takes many days of our lives.
Now coming back to how much you value an extra day. Next time you pick up a cigarettes pack at the store, don’t just think of it as 10$. It is 10$ and 20 cigarettes multiplied by the cost of 20 days of your life.
If for example, you value and extra day a 100$ then you basically just spent $2020(wow, 2020 is a bad thing everywhere). Do you want to smoke so desperate that you are willing to spend $2020?
The Big Mac now suddenly costs you over 200$, and you might want to think twice before doing a binge eat.
Thinking long term
Everything in our lives is relative. The main problem with that all of the humans on earth think short term. They think about today and maybe tomorrow. Some people look forward to up to a month, and those people succeed the most.
The bigger long term you can think about, the better decisions will you make.
This applies to everything: Law, marketing, investment, relationship, and programming. The more long term you think, the better your decisions will be.
- It is better to spend $1000 now to save $100000 in 2 years.
- It is better to give away the product now, to get a returning customer later.
- It is better to have 8% annually for 10 years, then 15% for one year.
- It is better to give way now, to get way later.
- It is better to use a write clean code now, so you don’t have to waste time later.
All in this world benefits from time. Every skill can be mastered, and every decision can be improved. If you want to live a happy life, most likely you need to focus on long-life first.
Start now. Get perfect later.