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The value of time

December 7, 2014



2014 is almost over and I am looking back at January with a smile on my face because this is the year I finally taught myself how to take time off to bond with my family without feeling like I am missing out. At the end of 2013 I realized that my journey to being a great producer, a TV mogul and a world changer starts with being a great daughter, a great sister, and a great friend to myself. I realized how my dreams were dependent on my wellbeing as a person. And with this revelation came a change of priorities and an understanding of the value of time.


No matter how hectic the schedule, I decided this year to invest most on the relationships that matter to me. I decided to stop chasing money, status and titles, and I learnt to embrace love instead. I have been amazed at the results, the more I relaxed, the more things fell into place. Additionally, this has been the most successful year of my life without the stress of “making things happen”. I finally understood how important it is for me to do the best that I can and then leave the rest to God so I can attend to things that need my attention.
Sadly, we are bombarded with headlines that say “Work harder,” and we push ourselves beyond breaking point while alienating people who love us. I have learnt that success starts with happiness. And we ought to be very protective of our families and be wary of anything that keeps us from being present in their lives.

Time-off with loved ones is non-negotiable. We need to know when to refuel and when it’s time to do so; no emergency at work should interrupt those plans. Think of the most successful people, they know the importance of rest, hence they go on vacations at least three times a year. They understand the importance of family and the need to balance work and play. After all, when our time on earth is up, our graves will not be engraved “Spent 18 hours at the office daily.” Instead, the words written there, will describe what we were to the people closest to us; daughter, son, mother, father, sister, brother, wife, husband.

Careers are great, but careers cannot love you, hold you, support you- careers can only pay you.
Society has taught us that being busy means progress when it most cases it doesn’t. You can be busy and not progress. You can have back-to-back meetings and still be stagnant. You can be preoccupied and not be effective. That’s why we need not make busyness an excuse for neglecting the people who matter most.
There is power in rest. We cannot expect to be successful or progressive while starving the part of us that gives us meaning to begin with- family.


Always invest in the lives of those who matter most…because presence will always be better than presents. Believe me, the richest people on earth, are those with time…for time cannot be bought with money.


Love always,
Nono Cele
Twitter: @Nono_Cele

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  • Sinqo December 19, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    I’ll show my boss, thank you.

  • jessica December 27, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    I love this!!

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