Too often, we make choices based on quantity alone.
- How to make more money?
- How to live for more years?
- How to impact more people?
As if “more” is auto-magically better.
It isn’t. Not always.
Almost every evening, my daughter and I take a walk in the park. Sometimes, my wife joins us. And we see many different kinds of people pounding the path alongside us.
- Some are with friends or family members, chatting and laughing as they walk briskly.
- A few wear ear-phones, listening to music or motivational tapes as they exercise.
- And an occasional serious-looking walker is unsmilingly clocking the daily steps needed to make up a quota.
Sometimes I wonder – if it’s worth doing!
Let’s run the math.
Assume you’re a 30 year-old who walks an hour daily, and expect it to increase your lifespan from 65 years to 80… a good 15 extra years of healthy living.
Over this period, you’ll walk (1 x 365 x 50) = 18,250 hours.
That’s about 760 days.
Or a little over 2 years.
Ok, so walk for 2 years and live for 15. I’ll take that. It’s a good deal.
But guess what?
If the 2 years of exercise isn’t fun or enjoyable, I might have second thoughts – EVEN if I know it’ll add a substantial chunk to my lifetime.
And that’s because QUALITY matters. Often more.
On my evening walk, I get to catch up on a lot of things with my daughter and wife. We engage in discussions which expand my thinking and provide interesting insights into her mind.
It’s enjoyable, educational and entertaining.
And that’s why I do it.
The “extra years of life” is icing on an already delicious cake!
Mindlessly striving for “more” at the expense of doing stuff that isn’t very pleasant or enjoyable seems intuitively undesirable to my mind.
How about you?
Speaking of quantity and quality, my book has less of one – but a lot of the other.