10 Ways to Maximize Your Life
By: Matshona Dhliwayo, Author & Philosopher
Only when you’re young do you naively believe that you’ll live forever. But as you age, days quickly become weeks, weeks swiftly become months, and months rapidly become years. You realize time is a robber: nothing stands in its way from taking all that is precious from you; therefore, making it necessary for you to savor each moment.
Seconds are gold, minutes are diamonds, and hours are rubies, but not even all of the riches in the world could afford either. Maximizing your time therefore is maximizing your life.
Listed below are ten ways how:
- Follow your dreams. There are benefits one reaps from following our dreams. Financial rewards, self-fulfillment, and making the world a better place are just a few to mention.
- Travel. The world is full of beauty; nature is the greatest proof of this. There is so much to see around the world; one lifetime is not even enough to exhaust it. You have not truly lived until you see and enjoy and wonders of creation.
- Give back. The world gives us so much; it only makes sense then that we give back so much more. If all we do is take, in the end, there will be nothing left for us and those who come after us. And we are not remembered for what we take, but for what we give.
- Make your mark. Kings left us their monuments, scholars left us their manuscripts, and artists left us their paintings and songs. You are here to make your mark, and not doing so, would rob the world of something good.
- Pass on knowledge. When you die, it must not be said a library burned to the ground. You are remembered not for the knowledge you acquired, but for the knowledge you shared. Each day you live is an opportunity to learn something new, and by default, an opportunity to teach someone something new. Knowledge earned is knowledge shared. Don’t take any intellectual riches to the grave; deposit them in someone’s mind; they are worth more in the land of the living than in the land of the dead.
- Improve yourself. By bettering yourself you are then able to better the others, and by bettering others, you are then able to better the world. It is therefore necessary, for yourself and the world at large, to improve yourself.
- Unleash your creativity. You have the chance to create something new; a chance to make the world a lovelier place. Unleashing your creativity is the quickest way to unleashing beauty into the world.
- Restore broken relationships. Life is too short to hold onto grudges. It is better to carry mercy in your hands than bitterness in your heart. Before you die, make sure you have made an effort to heal any past wounds. Anger, bitterness, and resentment, have nothing to offer you but pain and heartache. Forgiveness and mercy have nothing to offer but joy and peace.
- Do work you love. You spend a significant portion of your life at work, so it only makes sense that you do work you love. When you do work you love, you do work you enjoy; and when you do work you enjoy, you produce work that shines.
And why waste your life doing work you hate when you can spend it doing work you love? You are here for a short while, so might as well spend it happy as for as much time as you can.
- Write your will. As simple as this sounds many neglect or forget to do so, thereby leaving children and other beneficiaries to squabble. Close families have been torn apart fighting over what a loved one left behind. To keep your family from being torn apart, do them a favor and write a will.
Matshona Dhliwayo is a Canadian based Philosopher, Entrepreneur, and author of books such as The Art of Winning, The Little Book of Inspiration, 100 Lessons Every Great Man Wants You to Know, Dinner with King Solomon and Lalibela’s Wise Man. He is a regular contributor for The African Leadership Magazine, The CEO Magazine, Health Magazine, The African Union, and other internationally renowned magazines. You can find The Art of Living book on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Art-Winning-Matshona-Dhliwayo/dp/0797479902/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8