Dear Future Self,
I want to make sure that you end up successful and I thought I’d write you a letter to explain how I plan to go about it.
You may remember the 19th of July 2015. Grandpa passed away yesterday and it made me think a lot on the value of time. And I learned something.
I spoke to him over the phone a couple days ago, while he was at the hospital. He wasn’t feeling well, but this was one of his regular visits. We had a short conversation. He was obviously very tired and his attention span was limited. No more than a few seconds. We didn’t exchange much but I felt, however, that he was happy to hear me. He was happy I thought about him. He was happy I called.
He peacefully fell asleep yesterday and didn’t wake up this morning. At 92 years-old, he has lived a plentiful life.
And you see Future Self, this is when it hit me. Like something I’ve known for a long time that keeps resurfacing from time to time because I don’t feel at peace with myself.
In fact I have failed to take a meaningful action on it and I want to change that today.
Because . Time . Is . Super. Limited.
No success, no money, no amount of work can ever buy back the time you spend. Time is our most precious asset and we can’t afford to waste it.
Now that you are old, future Self, you can look back and and see how efficiently you have used your time.
In fact, what you can assess is how efficiently I have managed YOUR time, the most precious asset that you delegated to ME to manage.
That makes me want to not screw you over, Future Me.
And I want to make a pledge to you to make sure everything goes well:
- I pledge to minimize regrets and to put things in perspective when decisions seem difficult. All excuses should pass through the ‘regret minimization’ filter to assess their validity. If I think that you might regret not having done something, I’ll take this as a sign that it needs to be done. I will try hard to get out of my comfort zone when it’s needed to support your interests.
- I pledge to keep dreaming big whether it is about reaching financial independence, or supporting my spouse to start a business or building an awesome and loving family, I will do my best to develop these opportunities and make those dreams a reality, for you in the future.
- I pledge to make your world a better place than mine because it is often too easy to not consider the impact of our actions, assuming that someone else will fix it, at some point in the future. You probably don’t want to fix someone else’s mess, I’ll be more careful.
I want this to work so I printed this letter and pinned it above my desk. It will remind me every day what I need to value.
This will hopefully prevent me from screwing myself over, in the future.
I hope I’ll be successful. I hope you have been. I hope you still have that letter.
Be well. With love,