What If Days Were Dollars?

The old saying “another day, another dollar” is often uttered with a shrug by people who’ve spent a good deal of their lives at dull, routine jobs. When I heard someone use that expression the other day, I started thinking, “What if days really were dollars?”  And if they were, how many “dollars” would a person get in a lifetime?”

Well, the average life expectancy for Americans is currently 78.6 years, so if we got a dollar for every day, we’d each be allotted $28,689 during our lifetimes.

$28,689 for an entire lifetime. It’s not much, is it? A person living on an income as tight as $28,689 would learn very quickly how to prioritize those dollars.

And yet, in a lifetime in which we may get just 28,689 days to eat, sleep, build our businesses, enjoy our families and the multitudes of other things we want to accomplish, how many days do we spend on things that don’t matter, that we don’t enjoy, or that we think we’re expected to do?

Time is money. Each new day is currency to spend. We can’t bank it—we have to use it as it is delivered. Whether we spend it purposefully, fritter it away, or focus on the things that are inconsequential is up to each of us. But at a certain point, the most successful and the most happy people realize their 28,689 days are dwindling and they can’t keep putting off the things they really want to do, thinking they’ll get to them one day. They know that if they really want to do them, they better do them.

What is it that you need to stop thinking about doing, and actually do?


About Smart Companies Thinking Bigger®

Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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