“A person’s worth is measured by the worth of what he values.”
– Marcus Aurelius
If it’s anything like mine, your schedule is probably full of things to do — meetings to attend, projects to complete, and people to appease.
Forget a meeting with a potential client, for instance, and you might miss an opportunity to grow your business or make more money.
But let me tell you a sad story, one that Peter Attia shared with Joe Rogan on the JRE podcast…
“I had a friend. He’s a successful guy. His wife was pregnant with their first kid. The day his wife has the baby, he steps out to go buy some food. He still remembers this to this day.
As he’s walking back to the hospital, he thinks to himself, I wonder if I’m gonna be the kind of guy who now thinks the most important thing in his life is his family. Or is it still gonna be being a venture capitalist? And he’s thinking about it, he’s thinking about it. And he goes… you know what, I actually think it’s just gonna be my family. I think all this other stuff is gonna [turn out] to be bullshit and life is gonna be my family.
And he gets back to the room and his wife is dead. She had a pulmonary embolism one day after delivering their first child.”
Count that as a reminder of the things that really matter in life — except they’re not things… they’re people.
Your schedule might be full.
But it should never be too full for the people you love.
As Peter Attia concludes, “I think that is exactly the right distinction to make. This is life, these are the things that [matter]. Everything else is bullshit.”