This quick tip is about helping us out build up some “hooza!” in our lives. Sometimes you wake up in the morning with a list of tasks handy and you tell yourself : “That is a long-ass stair-case!”. Just looking at that pile is giving you the wibber gibbers.
So without further ado, here’s the tip! The number 78. What does 78 represent? Think about it for a moment…
It is the average life expectancy of the US, the UK and China according to the World Bank. So in general we can say that we will live about 78 years before blowing the candle. Now, simply take a piece of paper and draw 78 circles in rows and columns(they can be squares if that tickles your fancy). Make sure you do it by hand, avoid using an excel sheet any kind of table on the computer.
What is the next step? You have guessed it! Based on your age, fill in each circle(or square!) for every year. For example, if you are 30 years old that would mean 30 filled spots. Now you simple divide your age with 78. This will give you a ratio that represents how much time you have left if you fit in the average and nothing unexpected happens to you.
I’ve had this piece of paper on my desk for a few months now and it always springs me to action. Time is fleeting, the chance we have been given is now and we never really know how much time we have left. This week I almost got hit by a vehicle twice on two different occasions while I was riding my bike in the city.
Here’s another story; my mother showed me a picture of a woman who had passed away recently from a heart failure. My mother knew her personally, that woman had been the owner of a successful business in the beauty industry. She had plans to travel around the world now that she had sold her business. It never happened though. She still created a lot of value for many people, but this is a testament of how quickly our lives can change.
So do yourself a favor, take that piece of paper, put it somewhere visible and look at it every now and then.