Hey! Before you start having ideas, let me clarify that I have no gift of clairvoyance, neither am I a fortune-teller or anything of such. Yet I could still tell what might become of you.

Interestingly, I’m not the first to make a mind-boggling statement like this. In fact, there are records as far back as 18th century that show a German writer making similar claims. It is okay if you’re not familiar with the work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, but it was he who first said, “If I know how you spend your time, then I can tell what might become of you.”

Imagine that 5 boys were born today into the same family, with same environmental factors and common opportunities. Do you suppose that, 30 years from now, these kids would have exactly the same fate? Do you suppose that, 30 years from now, they would have the same level of accomplishment and fulfilment? Very unlikely, right? Then what would account for the differences you’re bound to observe?

As humans, we all have the same 24 hours in a day, but hardly do we ever spend our time doing same things as other people. This leaves us with an infinite number of permutations over our lifetime, and these permutations are the things that decide what becomes of each person. I like to tell people that time is a tricky thing; to master it is to master the unit of life.

There is a particular school of philosophy I cherish a lot. It is called Stoicism, which literally means indifference to pleasure and pain. One of the towering figures of Stoicism is Seneca, an ancient philosopher born around the same time as Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Seneca once said, “Most people are very serious about securing their personal properties, but when it comes to time, the one thing in which it is okay to be stingy, they are wasteful of it.”

What often distinguishes the average man from a successful one is time management. The secret of success is in one’s daily agenda. While some people dream of success, other people get up every morning and make it happen. It all begins with making every hour count, making every day count.

Many parts of the world are currently on lockdown. Are you making the most of this lockdown? Are you making each day count? Whatever your answer is, I’m about to make it even better.

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