When most people think of risk, they think of it in terms of some financial investment they make: investing money in a new business, investing in stocks, mutual funds, bonds etc., the lottery, or lending someone money. But financial risk is not the greatest risk most take. You can always earn more money. Money comes and goes, as they say. But there is another risk, most everyone takes for granted. This is a risk that, when made, never returns. It’s gone forever.
The greatest risk we take is time. When we invest our time in anything, it’s lost forever. It never gets renewed or returned to us. Yet, because we are all given, what seems to be an abundance of time, it has very little value. So we spend an enormous amount of our time engaged in wasteful activities such as sitting in front of a T.V., on Facebook, watching YouTube videos, at a bar, in bed or engaged in some other non-productive activity.
And when we waste time, it’s gone. It will never return. We don’t realize how precious time is until we are older and we realize our time is running out. Time needs to be invested wisely, pursuing goals, dreams, or some major purpose in life. Any investment we make of our time should pay dividends down the road in the form of creating happiness events, financially security, creating a legacy or in helping improve the lives of others. When you see time as the greatest risk of all, it will force you to become more aware of exactly how you invest your time. Invest it wisely, because you will never get it back.