How many times you wanted something urgently in your life, but you had to wait until the right time for it to come your way? How many times you wanted a career change or a certification soon, but it took a longer time than you envisioned? You can’t wait to move up in your career, finish your loans, grow your wealth or upgrade to latest gadgets. Sounds familiar, welcome to the millennial way of life. Everything is sought after hurriedly.
Often it is overlooked that it takes constant efforts over time to obtain big results in life. Let me take the Software industry analogy, you can’t become a Software Architect without being a Software Engineer. Likewise, you can’t become a Senior Manager without having worked as a Manager. You have to gain X years of experiences solving recurring business challenges to climb the corporate ladder and earn certain positions. Looks like there is a kind of haste, a sense of urgency and an impatience among millennial to get something without waiting. Nobody enjoys the process, waiting period sucks.
Tabloids and media idealize becoming a millionaire or a business magnate in the early 30s. In reality, barring a few exceptions, one can become a millionaire or a business tycoon in his 30s only when he inherits the family legacy and wealth, not created by himself from scratch. As they say, money doesn’t grow on the tree, true it grows with time. It takes a long time to double your investment, let alone becoming a millionaire and creating & running a business.
I have eagerly wanted to achieve certain outcomes in my life, but those did not materialize in less time. I was required to learn a few skills shortly, but could barely scratch the surface. I desired to save a specific amount of money right away, it did not happen. I needed an immediate certification, it did not occur without thorough preparation. There was a long process for my money, skills, and career to grow. These results weren’t instant.
Let me draw a few more examples that illustrate how critical is time. No company allows for more than a year of academic or employment gaps in the eligibility criteria of their job requirements. There is an upper age cap on most of the government exams. Once you cross a certain age bar, you can’t appear for those exams. Similarly, you can’t change your career without growing the required experience and skills. Moreover, your money can’t grow quickly. It takes compound interest accumulated over the years or wise investment decisions over the time to generate wealth. Thus time plays a crucial role in every aspect.
The people especially millennial who can’t sustain the frustration of waiting or are impatient in general for their end goals, tend to give up halfway through. The process to get any end result is tedious and time-consuming. This stands true in almost anything significant you want in life, whether you’re looking for a certain career goal, business result or a life partner. If the end goal is of great value, it will be hard and take time. What comes easy and in no time is not worth pursuing and desired in the long run.
The growth trajectory corroborates the importance of time in your career. Once you get past a certain experience level, it leaves you with very few career choices. Nothing hurts in being mindful of the changes time entails in your career. There is a fine line between gaining experiences and getting rusty. You must know when to draw that line.
The bottom line is, nothing comes instantly and effortless. In order to build a fortune, a business, a skill, or a career, it needs a great deal of time along with the sustained effort. When you accept this very fact, it gets easier to get through the goals of your life with more patience and perseverance.
Time is a critical and limited resource of your life. It is more important than money. If you lose money, you can earn it back, but you can’t recover the time after it’s gone. You can’t reclaim the lost time. It can negatively affect your life if not used wisely and judiciously !!