Everyone gets 24 hours

We all have plans, goals, things to do, and many of us whine the same shallow complaint.

“But… But… I just don’t have time.

Let’s look at that clock again. All clocks dutifully report the same 24 hours of time in each day. It doesn’t matter if the timepiece is on your wrist, my iPhone, or hanging on someone’s wall.

Join me on a little guilt trip down Tick Tock Lane. I promise not to steal much of your time.

  • Albert Einstein had 24 hours in a day. He was a professor of physics at Princeton University who published more than 300 scientific papers, more than 150 non-scientific articles, and revolutionized physics when he discovered the theory of general relativity.
  • Inventor Thomas Edison had 24 hours in a day. Among the 1,093 patents he held were inventions including the light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera.
  • Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had 24 hours in a day. He wrote more than 600 known musical compositions for symphony, piano, opera, chamber music, and chorus before he died just before turning 36.
  • Author Stephen King has 24 hours in a day. He has written at least 49 books that have been purchased by more than 350 million fans. He continues to write every day.
  • Actor/director/producer Robert DeNiro has 24 hours in a day. He has acted in more than 60 films and helped to produce more than 30 films. He has been nominated for an Academy Award six times and won twice. He also established the Tribecca Film Festival, owns a hotel and a several restaurants.

These are just a few people from vastly different fields and eras who had the same amount of time as you and me. The list could be virtually endless.

Seriously, consider the schedule of the president of the United States. Think about all of the prolific actors/writers/composers you love. What if they stayed on the couch eating the last of the potato chips and whining about not having enough time instead of getting up and catching their dreams?

How do you use your 24 hours?

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