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  • Writer's pictureJack Winston

The Time Billionaire, Morning Motivation, and the Shortness of Life


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  1. A piece of content we love so you don’t have to doomscroll to find something interesting

  2. A tip to help you reduce your screen time

  3. A quote that has us thinking

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Blog Post We Love 📰

If you’re not familiar with Sahil Bloom’s writing, I hope you take the time to not only read this post, but several others of his.

In the post, Sahil talks about a concept I’ve been thinking a lot about: how to value time. And more specifically, how we only think of wealth in terms of dollars instead of time.

Time is our most precious asset. But instead of actually enjoying the time we have, a lot of people spend years delaying a life worth living until they reach a certain future state where they will be “happy” and they can actually enjoy life. We endlessly chase after things like material wealth or other trappings of success at the expense of the precious time we all possess.

This is a trap I’ve fallen into many times. But an interesting thought experiment broke me out of this trance: would you trade places with Warren Buffet?

Warren Buffet is worth over $100B dollars and is 92 years old. And while you can count on one hand the amount of people who have had as much success in business as he has, I think you’d be hard-pressed to

find someone under the age of 80 who would switch places with him, even if they coveted his wealth.

Said another way, Warren Buffet has had more success than I can even dream about. But even if I was able to attain that success, I’d trade it all back to live the life I’m living right now. So who is truly wealthier?

Tip to Reduce Your Screen Time 📱

Wait at least 1 hour before looking at your phone in the morning.

Most of us immediately start scrolling when we first wake up. This is the absolute WORST thing you can do if you’re trying to reduce your screen time.

This is because scrolling elicits a tremendous amount of dopamine. If you start your day by flooding your brain with dopamine, you’ll immediately elevate your baseline. And your brain will be craving more dopamine throughout the day to maintain that baseline, otherwise you’ll feel like S@#%. And what’s the only way to maintain that baseline?

You guessed it: keep scrolling.

Set the tone for the day by waiting at least an hour before looking at your phone even to check notifications. You’ll find that you’ll have more energy, focus, and motivation throughout the day.

If you use your phone as an alarm clock and don’t think you’ll have enough self-control to resist temptation, buy a cheap alarm clock on Amazon. I use one – they’re simple and effective.

Quote That Has Us Thinking 🧠

“We are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it.” - Seneca


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