We all know it’s bad to be wasteful of anything because almost everything has a limit. We conserve water because there’s only so much fresh water on our planet. In fact, while the Earth is 70% water, only less than 1% of it is fresh and usable by humans. It’s also for the same reason why we should recycle paper — we don’t want to lose all our trees due to reckless over consumption of paper products.
But aside from these, there are some things, three to be exact, which we should be extra conscious of to never, ever squander.
Never waste money that you worked for.
Never waste money — especially the income that you worked for. You exchanged time and energy for it, so don’t spend it on stuff that will not add value to your life. Avoid unnecessary wants that provide superficial and short-term pleasures. Instead, focus on what you need and on what can make you sincerely happy in the long run.
Never waste free time that you have.
We can all get busy with work and finding extra time is now considered a luxury by many; so when you do find yourself some free time, how do you typically spend it? Unfortunately, a lot of people waste it on doing things that again, don’t add value to their life. If you ask me, I recommend taking a rest or spending time with your loved ones. You can also learn something new, pursue a hobby, do volunteer work, or perhaps find ways to earn extra income. Gossiping about celebrities isn’t really productive, and so is trolling around social media. Moreover, when you catch yourself just sitting and worrying about the future — you have to stop and find something to do.
Never waste knowledge that you learned.
If you know how the stock market works but you don’t invest, then you’re worse than someone who knows nothing about it at all. Why? Because it’s like being a doctor who did nothing to save the life of someone having a heart attack in front of them. You’ve spent time and energy (and money) on learning something, but you’re choosing to waste all that knowledge by not using it to improve your life. I’ve met too many people who invested on their financial education, and yet they remain poor because they lack application and execution of their financial knowledge. Don’t be like those people.
Life is finite.
You cannot work forever. Don’t waste your income. Spend your money on things that add value to your life.
You cannot turn back time. Don’t waste your days. Make each moment in your life productive and meaningful.
You will die someday. Don’t waste your wisdom. Apply what you know so that others can learn from you.
Life is finite. Don’t waste it.