The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

Henry David Thoreau

I remember when I was doing my MEng in Electrical Engineering, I found out that the price that needed to be paid to get an A+ was studying everyday from 9am – 5pm daily. I looked at my goals and I decided that I was not willing to exchange so much of my life for a grade that I may not really make use of. I already knew at that time that I would prefer to work with people than work in the lab or on computers.

Imagine the great cost that people pay for crimes that looked small, that seem to cost just a little time and money. As you make decisions today, ask yourself what is the real price of this? Is saying those words really worth losing your job, peace of mind and other costs that you may not account for? Sometimes the answer is yes and at other times the answer is no. Wisdom requires that you find out.

Also consider how much time you are investing in something – Don’t assume that because you are not spending money, you are saving money. It may actually cost more when you think about the amount of Life that you exchange for it.