"Time is one of those magical dimensions of the human experience. At certain points, it seems like there is not enough of it. And at others, it seems like the moment lasts forever."
The intellectual and emotional experience in the passage of time is one of those unique aspects about being human that sets us as a species apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. Since we are blessed with that perception, we should engage it and contemplate ways in which to make time an ally in our quest for personal and societal growth.
One of the interesting things for me, looking back over the past decade or so, is how quickly our business has grown. And yet, as I look back, it seems that a lot has remained the same. I still get up at the same time almost every morning. I rise well before the sun, usually starting off my day at around 4:30 in the morning with a prayer and call to my folks in South Carolina. I then arrive at the gym just before 5 a.m., and work out for about an hour before arriving at my office at precisely 7 a.m. The end of my day is similarly bounded. It is exceedingly rare that I get in bed any later than 9 p.m.
And so as I look back on my work life, it is apparent that while our business has expanded and we have been able to manage an increasingly complex organization, we aren’t necessarily spending more time doing it. Time has gone from being our enemy in the early stages of running a company, to being our friend today. Why is that?
In some respects, it comes down to how we conceive of ourselves in the marketplace. If you consider yourself an employee, you look at time as a finite resource. You arrive at work on time, leave on time, and expect to be paid on time. You essentially are tying your income to a fixed, linear relationship with time.