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So last night I ran out and got some milk from the nearest Kroger only to reach back home and get yelled at by the boss lady. I bought a gallon that was schedule to expire in 5 days. What a joke.
My wife and I are the only ones in our house, and there is no way we could consume a gallon in 5 days. I felt cheated. But no, that is what stores are in business for – buying and selling. It’s not their fault I picked the short end of the stick.
What does any of this have to do with making more money, or creating the freedom and flexibility to live life the way you way? Let me explain.
I was angry when I saw the expiry date on that gallon. If it wasn’t food, I would have thrown it out without mercy. But no, I was taught not to disrespect God’s blessing. But what’s the big deal? The gallon cost me $3!
The big deal is not so much in the cost of the actual milk, but rather the time it takes to go out and get another one 5 days later. Had I gotten one that expired 14 days out, I wouldn’t have had to make another milk trip until that much longer. Yes – I am big into batching tasks, especially routine and necessary errands like groceries.
As a successful working professional, time is your most valuable resource. Think about it, how much do you earn per hour if you were to break down your salary? You are earning big bucks for each hour that you work, likely more than most of the population in this world. What is your free time worth to you?
Because time is your MOST valuable resource, you can use it the way you want to get what you want. You work because you want the big bucks. You spend your spare time exercising because fitness is important to you. Or you invest the time working as a freelancer or building a side business, both ways that help you get ahead in life financially.
The point is that your time is valuable, and you must use it toward your most important priorities, and I am sure a second milk run is not on that list either is it? Not long ago I wrote in a bit more depth about when you shouldn’t spend your spare time making money.
The premise of the discussion was exactly the point of this article. Understand what your time is worth, so you can distinguish between activities that are worth your time engaging in.
To conclude, there is always something positive to be taken away from any experience. Last night I learned from my wife to reach out all the way in the back when picking out dairy products like milk, eggs, yogurt, etc. I am sure this lesson doesn’t only apply to dairy, and I will continue to ponder ways I can grow to become more effective and efficient.
Do you have similar blunder stories with valuable KEY takeaways? Let’s hear them. Learning from our mistakes while laughing about it is a great way to teach and learn.