Time is of the essence. And how we experience time is often related to what we make of it. If you spend your time doing things you love, then time is an overall pleasurable thing to you. When you’re having fun time flies by because you’re enjoying yourself. And the same goes for the opposite. When we’re making decisions we don’t agree with, we feel it. When we we’re doing things we hate with our time, it’s an overall bad experience. Time becomes this cruel tool that’s being used to rip your spirit out of you. Time spent doing things we don’t like drags on and feels like forever.
We have to be very careful with how we spend our time. If we want to be doing something that we love, it will suck passing up on that. But at the same time, if we don’t do the things we know we need to do, it’ll often hurt us in the long run. So we all have to be careful with what we’re spending your time on. But we’ll never be completely perfect in the things that we do. You just have to be diligent with deciding what the best way to spend your time is. Sometimes thinking of what you’d change given the chance helps you find the answer. So what would you change about the week that just passed if you could go back in time and change things?
Here’s a short story on what I would change in the past week if I could go back in time and change things.
First let me start by saying, the past is the past. Everything in life happens for a reason even when we’re unable to figure out what exactly that reason is. We can only analyze the past and try to learn from it. There are many people who are obsessed with the past and everything about it. It has a place in our lives but we can only garner so much from it. There’s no point on dwelling on the past and the things we can’t change. The past is forever set in stone and the future is forever up in the air. I prefer to look to the future. All that said, there’s something I might change from the past. This is that story.
Dwayne and I headed to the baby birthday party for my cousin. I invited him last minute because I didn’t know what to expect from a one year old’s birthday party. When we arrived, there were plenty of people we knew well. But of course we were early. So I invited Dwayne to go for a walk with me around the park. We started walking and talking about random business things. Then Dwayne told me about this challenge he was doing. He was going to challenge himself to reach out to all of his favorite people every Monday. I loved the idea. It would bring him and his closest friends closer together.
Then I told him of that same idea but for business connections instead of just personal connections. Like going out of the way to reach out to important business connections every week. He lived the idea and we both agreed to try something of the sorts. We started talking about networking in general. We’ve been in business for so long but we’ve never really made great connections. Well we’ve met some amazing connections but we always sucked at keeping up with them. Dwayne was talking about how he personally wanted to improve his network. It was going to be an important thing over the next few months for him.
Then a week or two later I was in contact with the team from Make A Wish Georgia. They were having their annual fundraising ball. I’ve been many times before and it’s a super prestigious event. Only the best of the best entrepreneurs and companies get to attend the event. I knew it would be a priceless networking opportunity. I’ve met some high profile people there before and I’m sure this was going to be no different. Last year I invited my mom to attend the event with me. This year I was inviting my dad to attend. We had never been to an event like this together before. I was excited to spend some quality time with him.
But in the back of my mind I remembered Dwayne wanted to improve his networking this year. I knew it would of been a great opportunity for him to improve his network. The only problem was the timing of everything. I had already invited my dad to attend the event and he said he’d surely be there. There was no way I could invite Dwayne. But I really wanted him to be there. I think to myself of how last week played out and I would of surely changed my decisions. I could of been more bold and told Dwayne to show up at the event anyway. It would of been risky but still very much worth the risk. And worst case he would just be sent back home.
If I had the chance to change the events of last week, I would change how I approached the whole situation. I wanted my dad to be at the event because it was important to me. But I also wanted Dwayne to be at the event because it could improve his personal growth in a way that was important to him. All in all, Dwayne and I have done some crazier, and bolder things in our time. Bringing an extra plus one to an event couldn’t have been that bad. I would go back into last week and make the bold decision of inviting Dwayne to the ball as well.
And I know you would of taken the chance, Dwayne. Because we’ve learned first-hand that fortune favors the bold!