How Rich Do You Want To Be Right Now?


One of my all time favourite actors is Stanley Tucci.
Many, at this point, will be saying ‘Who?’ and I don’t blame you.

Although he is famous you may struggle to list the films he has been in.
Would it surprise you to know he has featured in ‘Hunger Games’, ‘The Terminal’, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, ‘Transformers’, ‘The Muppets’ and the recently Oscar nominated ‘Spotlight.’

He rarely takes the lead role but his performances are always excellent, with Golden Globe and BAFTA wins illustrating his skill.

One film not on the above list is Margin Call, which follows an investment bank in New York just before the recent financial crisis kicks in.

In one scene Stanley’s character talks about what he did, before he moved into investment banking.

By the way, if you are of a nervous disposition do not click on the link.
The scene has a couple of F-Bombs – we can take it though, right?

I guess his speech can be translated in a number of ways and you would have to watch the film, to understand the true context of what he is saying.

What grabbed me more was the visual element of the bridge.
Something that was simple but so effective in making a huge difference to people’s lives.

They no longer had to take the long way round and the result was more time.

Time to do what?

Whatever they want to do.

Since I recently left a job of 15 years I have spent a lot of time thinking about what is important.

I also listen to my friends and family about what is important to them and also, on the flip side, what frustrates them.

Many will make the mistake of thinking a bigger and better salary is key to unlocking what they want.

Money is important, don’t get me wrong, but it should not be at the top of the list.

There is another currency that exists, that people forget about.
A currency often in short supply and high in demand – the currency is time.

I don’t know a single person who does not complain about a lack of time, whether this is down to a deadline at work, the end of great weekend or wanting to revisit a period in their earlier life.

As a race we are generally time poor, or at least we believe we are.

The person who earns £75,000 a year and works 80 hours a week, is not necessarily more rich than the person who earns £30,000 and works a standard 35 hour week.

Life should be about the experiences you want to create – you don’t always need money, or lots of it, to achieve this.

Your experience menu may be very simple.

Your menu may be about seeing your friends and family more frequently, nothing more and nothing less.

For others it may be about traveling the world and yes, you can travel the world for very little.

See here, for proof

Ultimately it is about taking stock, understanding what is important to you and taking action.

What experiences do you want to create?

If you are stood on one side of the river, a river running so fast and deep it would be impossible to cross, what bridges are you building?

How are you going to become time rich?

Believe and take action.

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