If you were offered £10 million in exchange for skipping your life forward 10 years, what would you do?
I saw this question posted on Twitter by adventurer Dave Cornthwaite (@DaveCorn) and it got me thinking – how many people would actually say yes to this proposition? And what is the monetary value of time, if there is one at all?
Personally, I’d decline the offer without a second thought. There is no guarantee that the money will bring you happiness, but ten whole years of life can offer innumerable opportunities for happiness. In fact many studies show that beyond an income level just above subsistence then money actually leads to unhappiness as it cultivates greed, relativism and less time to enjoy life.
So would you accept the offer? If not, how much money would it take for you to accept? Or would no amount of money persuade you to exchange years of your life? I’d love to hear your thoughts. In the meantime though I’ll leave you with these quotes about the value of time…
“Dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.” Benjamin Franklin
“A man who dares waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” Charles Darwin
“He who knows most grieves most for wasted time.” Dante
“The whole of life is but a moment of time. It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it.” Plutarch
“One life – a little gleam of time between two eternities.” Thomas Carlyle
“He lives long that lives well; and time misspent is not lived but lost.” Thomas Fuller
“If you want to succeed in the world must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time a coming. You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the roadside until some one comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence.” John B. Gough
“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.” Thomas Jefferson
“Thrift of time will repay you in after-life with a thousandfold of profit beyond your most sanguine dreams.” William E. Gladstone
“Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions.” Frank Lloyd Wright
And finally the famous phrase: “There’s no point being the richest man in the graveyard.”
£10 Million or 10 Years? What would you do?