How to Live on 24 Hours a Day
An old-fashioned self-help book giving advice about living a life when we have a 9-to-5 day-job.
Yet it has been said that time is money. That proverb understates the case. Time is a great deal more than money. […] Out of it you have to spin health, pleasure, money, content, respect, and the evolution of your immortal soul. […] All depends on that. Your happiness—the elusive prize that you are all clutching for, my friends!—depends on that.
Beware of undertaking too much at the start. Be content with quite a little. Allow for accidents. Allow for human nature, especially your own.
I am all for the petty success. […] A glorious failure leads to nothing; a petty success may lead to a success that is not petty.
If my typical man wishes to live fully and completely he must, in his mind, arrange a day within a day. And this inner day, a Chinese box in a larger Chinese box, must begin at 6 p.m. and end at 10 a.m. It is a day of sixteen hours; and during all these sixteen hours he has nothing whatever to do but cultivate his body and his soul and his fellow men. What? You say that full energy given to those sixteen hours will lessen the value of the business eight? Not so. On the contrary, it will assuredly increase the value of the business eight.
One of the chief things which my typical man has to learn is that the mental faculties are capable of a continuous hard activity; they do not tire like an arm or a leg. All they want is change—not rest, except in sleep.
You don’t spend three-quarters of an hour in “thinking about” going to bed. You go.
There is much pleasure to be derived from being a specialist.