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Understanding the Value of Time: The Wisdom of the Stoics
The Value of Time: How Much is Your Time Really Worth?

How much is the value of time really worth? Carl Sandburg said, “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.”

In this Momentum Friday episode from the Passion Struck podcast, I tackle the value of time. I examine this by studying wisdom from the stoics on the topic and using ten of their mantras for managing time.

The starting point of all inability to understand the value of time is the failure to realize how important every single moment in time is.

John R. Miles

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The Value of Time: How Much is Your Time Really Worth?

Members of the Passion Struck community have asked questions like, “Why do I always feel there aren’t there enough hours in the day to do the things I want to do?”, “Why do I keep procrastinating?”, “Why do I waste my time doing frivolous things?”, Why am I constantly dissatisfied with where my life is going?” and many other similar questions. This episode is dedicated to answering them.

This episode tackles how to determine the value of time, what your time is worth, and how to use that information to spend your time more effectively. Learning how to get the most out of your time starts with knowing exactly what your time is worth.

  • Why time is the currency of life.
  • How do you want to spend your time?
  • The value of time
  • Why do we fail to manage time wisely?
  • Ten lessons from the stoics for how to effectively value our time
    • Treat time as a tangible resource
    • Focus on doing less well
    • Act promptly
    • Find purpose and fulfillment in what you do
    • Manage time by setting micro timeframes
    • Be intentional about the value of time
    • Make long-term rewards immediate.
    • Understand the domains of time
    • Cherish and guard your time
    • Manage your health
  • Don’t squander your time
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184 | Understanding the Value of Time: The Wisdom of the Stoics | Passion Struck with John R. Miles
184 | Understanding the Value of Time: The Wisdom of the Stoics | Passion Struck with John R. Miles

Questions For You And Your Friends Or Family Members To Discuss This Episode

  • What is the value of time in your life?
  • How do you value an hour of your time?
  • How do you value your time vs. money?
  • How do you track the value of time?
  • What are the consequences of the decisions you make regarding time?
  • What is one way you will start addressing your time following this episode?
  • How can you apply the episode to your life?
  • What was your favorite mantra from the stoics?

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Resources From The Show On The Value of Time

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* The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman:

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* The Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User Guide by Ward Farnsworth:

* My article that accompanies this episode:

* My solo episode on why loneliness is killing us and 9 ways to overcome it:

* My interview with Abigail Barnes on how to turn your time into productivity:

* My interview with Dr. Kara Fitzgerald on reverse aging and how to become a younger you:

* My interview with Dr. Ayelet Fishbach on how you get things are done through the science of motivation: 

* My interview with Dr. Katy Milkman on the behavior science behind how we change: 

* My solo episode on why micro choices matter:

* My solo episode on why you must feel to heal:

About John R. Miles

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John R. Miles is the CEO, and Founder of PASSION STRUCK®, the first of its kind company, focused on impacting real change by teaching people how to live Intentionally. He is on a mission to help people live a no-regrets life that exalts their victories and lets them know they matter in the world. For over two decades, he built his own career applying his research of passion struck leadership, first becoming a Fortune 50 CIO and then a multi-industry CEO. John is also a prolific public speaker, venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and author.


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