In the final months of the job I was doing when I discovered the TMTWGR philosophy, I uttered those words in a team meeting and hoped my co-workers would take note. I can’t remember the exact conversation, but it could have been anything because the words work in so many situations.
Anyway, they absolutely did take note. But not really in the way I expected. On my last day of working there, I received a copy of TIME magazine as one of my leaving presents, with those words on a Post-It note stuck on the front.
If you’re reading this now, guys, I want to thank you for that humour, and I really hope you did take note on a deeper level too. ❤️
“Everything you love turns to dust,
You’d make more of it but you felt rushed,
By all that’s periphery,
You held tight, but on the contrary,
The trick to life is not to get too attached to it,
The trick to life is not to get too attached to it”
A catchy tune with possibly the deepest and most useful lyrics you’ll ever hear.
On 6th July 2007, I sent this email to Dave Gorman (off the TV). I’d set up the timemakestheworldgoround.com website and blog with some of my ideas on, and wanted to see what he thought. Unfortunately, I never got a reply. He was probably too busy!
(I just watched your Googlewack Adventure on Paramount for the third time yesterday. I love it!)
I’m writing a book called “Time Makes The World Go Round” based around the idea that “Spending your time wisely is the key to happiness whilst money is just an expensive distraction”, and figured you would be an excellent person to ask about this, because:
1) You clearly have difficult time management trade-offs to make (e.g. finding good emails from people vs spending too much time reading them)
2) There are presumably lots of ways you could be making more money, but you don’t appear to be prioritising that (which I think is excellent!)
Up until about a month ago, I had always prioritised making money to spend on my goal of making the largest positive impact on the world that I can. My daft plan was to get my own business and then use my power to solve a few of the world’s biggest problems.
Then one day (after inventing a couple of things and getting stressed about patenting them to make lots of money) I realised that I could be following my dreams without the need for money. I would write a book on finding happiness and put it on the web for free: http://timemakestheworldgoround.com.
Anyway, I’ll go now. I’m conscious of using up too much of your time (and hence your happiness)
All the best for the future,
I might chase him up on Twitter to see if he ever got the email or not!
Just over ten years ago, I had an epiphany that became the life philosophy that I’ve been trying to live ever since: Time Makes The World Go Round (spending your time wisely is the key to happiness and money is just an expensive distraction).
Ten years on, I reckon I managed to stick to the philosophy about half of the time, and this has made all of my time useful for supporting the TMTWGR philosophy itself: when I was living it, I was very happy; when I was living in a way not aligned with it (putting money first), I was miserable.
Now, in August 2017, I’ve launched my own limited company, Time Makes The World Go Round Ltd, and committed to living the TMTWGR philosophy 24/7, and sharing as much as possible with others … like your good self.
I’ve chosen to do the sharing mostly in blog form to make it relatively easy to write and easy to consume. But I also have a Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram and YouTube account too (complete with theme tune!).
On a related note, it is my intention to never put a money-barrier in front of any of my content (i.e. keep things free to access), so that anyone who might wish to spend their time reading it can do so.
Hopefully the time you spend here will be worthwhile to you!