“I was sitting at home and had a profound experience. I realized, in all of my being, that someday I was going to die, and it wouldn’t be like it had been happening, almost dying but somehow staying alive, but I would just die! And two things would happen right before I died: I would regret my entire life, I would want to live it over again. This terrified me. The thought that I would live my entire life, look at it and realize I blew it forced me to do something with my life.”

The above quote comes from writer Hubert Selby Jr.

(Author of Requiem for a Dream and Last Exit to Brooklyn.)

This guy had a brutal life:

After dropping out of school at age of 15 he became a merchant seaman. While at sea he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Doctors suggested he was unlikely to survive for very long and gave him less than a year to live. He then spent 3 and a half years in and out of hospital and the next 10 mostly bedridden.

Without any qualifications, work experience and poor health he couldn’t get a job.

It was then that he decided to become a writer.

There’s a lot you can learn from this guy’s life and the above quote.

The #1 thing being that time is extremely precious.

(Far more precious than you could possibly imagine.)

For this reason you need to become pathological about how you spend your time.

Realize you always have less time than you think you do.

Also realize everything takes longer than you think it will.

You’re not always going to be successful on your first attempt.

You’re going to make mistakes which could cost you years.

Which is why it’s important to become hyper vigilant about your time.

Have a plan for every day of your life…

Continually push yourself harder….

And refuse to tolerate procrastination…

Remember, time is more precious than you could possibly imagine.


Alastair Walton