If you don’t believe your time is valuable, why should anyone else?
Matthew Wilson – Guest Writer
Consultant and Speaker
Despite its third-quarter dip last year, Uber has “rocketed to become the highest-valued private startup company in the world.” Why? Uber doesn’t sell rides. Uber sells time — the single most valuable asset you have.
Most people can’t get through the day without getting into conversations they didn’t plan on having. You don’t schedule any of these impromptu discussions. If taking someone’s time without his or her permission was as illegal as taking money, coworkers and business partners would find themselves on both sides of the biggest class-action lawsuit in the history of … ever.
On the flip side, it’s an imperfect world. You’ll never be able to eliminate all interruptions. Nor can you live your life constantly turning people away. (Full disclosure: My kids have heard, “Sorry — mom and dad are closed” in response to those just-one-more requests at bedtime.)
Time is a limited commodity. You cannot “make” time for anything, and there’s only so much of you to go around. Everyone gets the same amount each day. The best you can do is become a responsible steward of what you’ve got. Believe it or not, you can teach others to respect your time, without making enemies.