Do We Have Time?

Jason Inspiration

Many of us believe that we are already “too busy” and don’t have time to do the other things in life that we really want to do (travel the world, write a book, adopt a child, mentor, etc. But saying we’re too busy is the easy way out, plus it’s actually not that true either. The fact is that we waste a lot of time on mundane things that, if we managed our time more efficiently, would add up to an enormous amount of free time. We only live once and our time here on Earth is very short. Do not waste it on the mundane, and don’t underestimate what you’re capable of doing with it.

Let’s use Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, as an example. Only on this planet for 61 years, let’s look at just some of the things Mr. Roosevelt accomplished during that time. These are just some of the highlights (click on the photo or visit his Wikipedia page to see many more):

  • Battled childhood asthma and bullying and lifelong rheumatoid arthritis
  • Taught himself taxidermy
  • Overcame the loss of his father (his ultimate role model) at a young age
  • Attended Harvard University (graduating Magna cum Laude)
  • Participated competitively in rowing and boxing
  • Became editor of the Harvard Advocate (newspaper)
  • Attended Columbia Law School
  • Wrote and published 18 books (each with various editions– 38 total)
  • Became a respected historian by writing The Naval War of 1812
  • Became a published ornithologist (scientific study of birds)
  • Became an entrepreneur and established two cattle ranches
  • Led a two-year expedition through the Amazon jungle
  • Became a New York State Legislator
  • Became Chairman of the Committee on Affairs of City
  • Joined the National Guard, eventually promoted to Captain
  • Became Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly
  • Became a Deputy Sheriff (police officer)
  • Captured 3 outlaws single-handedly and guarded them for 40 hours without sleep
  • Overcame the loss of his mother and his wife, whom he lost on the same day
  • Became U.S. Civil Service Commissioner
  • Became Police Commissioner of New York City
  • Became President of the National Board of Police Commissioners
  • Became Assistant Secretary of the Navy
  • Won the Nobel Peace Prize (first American to do so)
  • Became a war hero and won the Medal of Honor (only American to ever win both awards)
  • Earned not one, but two spots in the Guinness Book of World Records
  • Became Governor of New York
  • Became Vice President of the United States
  • Became President of the United States (the youngest in history– 42 years old)
  • Became first President to fly in an airplane and the first to go
  • Re-elected President of the United States for a second term
  • Created and implemented the Square Deal
  • Got shot in the chest and gave a 90 minute speech right after– while still bleeding
  • Became a legendary “trust buster”, ending corporate monopolies such as Standard Oil
  • Established five national parks (Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, etc.)
  • Established 51 bird reservations
  • Created four federal game preserves
  • Established the National Forest Service
  • Established the Panama Canal
  • Ended several wars from around the world
  • Established the first 18 National Monuments
  • Established the Department of Commerce
  • Established the Department of Labor
  • Created the Federal Employers Liability Act
  • Created the U.S. Immigration Act of 1907
  • Appointed numerous African-American’s to federal offices, when it was not popular to do
  • Appointed the first Jewish cabinet member (again, not a popular choice)
  • Established the FDA (Food and Drug Administration)
  • Established the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association)
  • Big government spender? He actually reduced the national debt by $90 million.
  • Remained an active husband and father (yes, who spent time with them too!)

Now what were you saying about not having time to write that first book of yours?