4000 weeks and counting….

Author: Russell Smith
July 14, 2012

If you are born today (presumably that is not you) you have a 1 in 4 chance of living to the ripe old age of 100 years old.  I am 35 and am unsure of the odds of reaching a century but its unlikely to be 25%.

If you live to 80 years old, it means that you have 4,000 weeks alive.  4,000 weeks to get everything done, everything achieved and completed.  It doesn’t seem that many weeks but at 35 I’ve burned up 1,750 of them already.

Time seems to speed up the older you get.  For example, it literally seemed like yesterday that it was Christmas day but that was over half a year ago.  The year has vanished (mostly in a cluster of rainy days) and it seems to be drawing to a close already.

I had a friend who tried to explain to me why time goes quicker the older you get.  Its because 1 year for me is a thirty fifth of my life, whereas when I was say, 12, it was only a twelth of my life.  This appears to make sense but if I knew life was going to go this quick maybe I would not have spent so much time watching television in my early years.

In business, I plan in 90 day chunks.  Which means you get 4 times in the year where you can plan out your strategy and make a difference.  After having followed this for close to 5 years, one thing appears to be true – 90 days isn’t a long time and you cannot get much done in that time period.

Even a year isn’t actually that long and the bigger a business gets, the slower the speed of change and innovation.  Not for all companies though, some are able to continue to change as quickly as they always have done and to enjoy fast increases.  This is the trick – to not slow down.  As the old saying goes, ‘if you aren’t going forward, you are going backwards’.

 

 

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