Congrats, You’re a Billionaire
But don’t check your bank account just yet
Hey there —
What if you found out you were wealthy beyond your wildest dreams?
No, it’s not because of your Gamestop or Dogecoin investment. In fact, your wealth isn’t monetary at all. You’re rich…in time. ⏰, co-founder of East Rock Capital, got the idea for “time billionaires” when he learned that a million seconds is 11 days, while a billion seconds translates to 31 years.
This means that if you’re under 40, you have roughly a billion seconds at your disposal — or even two billion if you’re Gen-Z! 🤯
That’s billions of seconds to spend hugging your loved ones, perfecting your craft, working on your biceps, or doing whatever else you enjoy.
But our society tends to emphasize one’s monetary wealth. We’ll ogle Rolex watches, celebrate personalities like Jordan Belfort from
The Wolf of Wall Street, and devour articles on how to earn six figures.
This fixation on financial success tends to disrespect the value of our time. A popular mantra in hustle culture is “you can sleep when you’re dead,” making us believe we must rush through life hitting big financial and career milestones.
But while we can earn money, we can’t buy time — making our time invaluable.
Don’t get us wrong — money is essential to living a fulfilling life. It can buy us security, freedom, and peace of mind. Yet, treating our time well deserves as much emphasis as earning cash.
Here’s why investor Anthony Pompliano believes time is our greatest resource:
“The time billionaire can afford to be patient. The time billionaire can slowly compound money over time….There is no compressed timeline that clouds the judgement of a time billionaire.”
For Pompliano, people with time on their side can play the long-game and aren’t as likely to rush into financial decisions without first weighing the data to gauge long-term returns. This gives them the ability to be great investors. 📈
Yet becoming aware of your “time billionaire” status doesn’t just help you become a better investor. It’ll help you slow down 🐌.
You can enjoy your journey because you’re in it for the long-haul — instead of stressing that your milestones needed to happen yesterday.
While time billionaires can afford to be patient, don’t forget that as long as you're still alive, it is never too late to pursue [insert big goal here]. Whether you’re 19 or 91, you control how you spend your time — instead of letting it control you.
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