There’s no such thing as wasted time

Image: Nitish Meena

Sometimes I get down in the dumps and start beating myself up for wasting so much time.

I start thinking I wasted time in jobs, careers, side-projects, hobbies, and relationships I either didn’t really dig or lost interest in.

But here’s what I’m seeing now…

It all leads to insight — so therefore, it’s never a waste of time.

All of it. All of that ‘wasted time’ has lead me to insights which lead to the life I’m living and the work I’m doing right now...

> All those wasted years growing up in a dysfunctional family made me see the love that lives even in dysfunction, and to amplify that love in my current (hopefully not as dysfunctional) family life.

> All those wasted years as a golf instructor lead to me doing the work I do today helping people achieve their goals and gain clarity while performing at high levels.

> All those wasted years as a martial artist helped me understand the nature of conflict and peaceful resolution.

> All those wasted years as a day-trader (wherein I lost all of my money at the time) helped me understand the importance of providing value to people instead of gambling or a get-rich-quick mentality.

> All those wasted nights worrying about money helped me see the fleeting nature of it and the richness of every single waking moment in life.

> All those wasted years as a marketing consultant helped me see that what was really hanging people up wasn’t necessarily their marketing, but their mindset (which is why their marketing was so bad).

All of the above lines were products of insight. The first part of each line above was painful. The second part was after a holy moment of insight.

The design of life is perfect.

There are no mistakes in reality — only in our perception of it.

There really is no such thing as a waste of time. It’s all stuff you had to go through to get to where you are right now.

All it takes in one single insight to totally change everything.

And when that insight hits, you’ll understand that it was all worth it. Every single unwasted moment of it.


My name is Jonas (like the Weezer song). I’m a transformative coach who writes daily here on Medium. To get my short vignettes in your inbox daily, click here.

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