Maxims and Personal Mantra
10 Inspirational Moments from Laura Vanderkam
1. Think deeply about how you earn and spend your money – you'll be surprised.
2. Spend more on experiences than material things – create memories.
3. If you compare yourself to others, be aware of who you choose to have as your reference group.
4. Its not having what you want, it's wanting what you have that will make you happy.
5. Try reallocating what you have to get more out of it.
6. Become more mindful of how you actually spend your time; it will open your eyes.
7. Spend more of your time on what you do best and what ignites your purpose.
8. Time is a blank slate – 168 hrs per week – allocate it an inspirational manner.
9. In addition to your to-do list, add a to-ignore list and stop spending your time and attention on such activities.
10. Think beyond the material things; ask how you can have a larger influence on the world.
Core Insight: Think deeply about how you spend your time and money.
Best Advice: Instead of saying 'I don't have time', try saying 'it's not a priority'.
Laura Vanderkam is a nationally recognized writer, journalist and author who questions the status quo and helps her readers rediscover their true passions and beliefs in pursuit of more meaningful lives. Laura is a member of USA Today's Board of Contributors, writes the "168 Hours" blog for CBS MoneyWatch, and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, City Journal, Scientific American, Reader's Digest, Prevention, Fortune.com, and other publications. She has appeared on numerous television programs, including The Today Show and Fox & Friends, hundreds of radio segments, and has spoken about time, money and productivity to audiences ranging from the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association to MTV's employees to graduating seniors at her high school, the Indiana Academy, who brought her back as their commencement speaker in 2006. A 2001 graduate of Princeton, she enjoys running, writing fiction, and serving as president of the Board of Trustees for The Young New Yorkers' Chorus, an organization which specializes in commissioning new music from composers under age 35. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband, two young sons and baby daughter. You can follow Laura Vanderkam on twitter @lvanderkam