Sunday Snippet: H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”

Many people complain about having far too much to do and not enough to do it. Between school, work, and family responsibilities, many of us put a lot on our plates, because we want to get the most out of life and we don’t want to leave any opportunity unexplored. That’s understandable.

However, complaining about having not enough hours in the day isn’t suddenly going to give you more time to do the things you want to do. Just by wishing and hoping, you won’t be provided with 25-hour days. Instead, you need to learn how to make the best use of the time that you do have.

That’s the message expressed by New York Times bestselling author H. Jackson Brown, Jr. He reminds us that such accomplished people as Helen Keller and Albert Einstein didn’t have any more time than we do, yet they were able to achieve so much with their lives. In fact, you could say that we have slightly more time than they do, since average life expectancy is higher (and the Earth is spinning just a smidge more slowly).

Brown is perhaps best known for writing Life’s Little Instruction Book, which also happens to be available in in calendar form if you prefer that format. He may not have achieved the same level of fame as some other American authors, but he was still able to provide a great deal of value to those who read his work.

If you want to get the most out of life, learn how to make the best use of the time you have. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Aim to be effective, not efficient. With the right ideas and plenty of determination, you can be successful too.