"If youth only know, if age only could"

Here is Robin S. Sharma's fifth virtue of enlightened living as introduced in The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.

The Symbol
The Gold Stopwatch: a symbol of time, our most important commodity

The Virtue
Respect your time

The Wisdom
  • 'The Ancient Rule of Twenty': Eighty percent of the results you achieve in your life come from only twenty percent of the activities that occupy your time
  • Time mastery: Enlightened people are priority-driven
  • Deathbed mentality: Live every day as if it was your last

The Techniques

  • Plan your week and manage your time creatively. Focus your time around your priorities.
  • Simplify your life.
  • Wake up every day and ask yourself the simple question: 'What would I do today if it was my last?'

Some Good Quotes
"If youth only knew, if age only could."

"Time mastery is life mastery."

"Time mastery allows you more time to do the things you love to do, the things that are truly meaningful to you."

"Guard time well. Remember, it's a non-renewable resource."

"By anchoring all the most vital aspects of your life into your daily schedule, you ensure that your week and your life retain a sense of meaning and peace."

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

"Stop living your life in compartments and understand once and for all that all you do forms one indivisible whole."

"Direct all your time to those activities that count."

"Life is like a fat strip of bacon. You have to separate the meat from the fat in order to be the master of your time."

"Don't let others steal your time. Be wary of time thieves... You must be ruthless with your time. Learn to say no."

"The most productive people in this world have cultivated the habit of doing the things that less productive people don't like doing, even though they too might not like doing them."

"Those people who are masters of their time live simple lives. Living a life rich with accomplishment and contribution did not have to come through the sacrifice of peace of mind."

"Simplify your life... One of the most tragic things that any one of us can do is to put off living. Too many people are dreaming of some magical rose garden on the horizon rather than enjoying the one growing in our back yard."

"Stop acting like you have five hundred years to live... Don't waste even one minute of your day. Develop a deathbed mentality.. When you adopt a deathbed mentality you live every day as if it was your last."

"The best time to plant a tree was forty years ago. The second best time is today."

"Push yourself to do more and to experience more. Harness your energy to start expanding your dreams... Don't accept a life of mediocrity when you hold such infinite potential within the fortress of your mind. Dare to tap into your greatness. This is your birthright!"

"Act as if failure is impossible, and your success will be assured."

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are a spiritual being having a human experience."

"The only thing you can take with you at the end of your life is your conscience. Listen to your conscience. Let it guide you. It knows what is right. It will tell you that your calling in life is ultimately selfless service to others in some form or another."

Key Words
time-consciousness, time mastery, simplify your life, deathbed mentality

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