Want to know the #1 objection I get when I suggest people work to make some extra money? Time. They claim they simply don't have to time to work on something else.
Then I see reports like this:
Nielsen Media Research said Monday the average American watches 142 hours of TV in a month. Last season the typical home had a television on for eight hours and 18 minutes each day. That's up an hour per day from just 10 years ago.
Ok, I'm missing something. "142 hours a month" and "eight hours each day" don't add up. Wouldn't 142 hours equal four plus hours a day and wouldn't eight hours a day equal 240 hours a month? Maybe the difference is that the 142 hours is actually watching TV while the eight hours per day is the total time the TV is on (which means the TV is on roughly four hours per day with no one watching it.)
Anyway, the conclusion is still the same regardless of which number is accurate: there's a lot of time being spent on watching TV -- time that could be spent earning extra money.
Now I know that:
- People need entertainment. Certainly some daily allotment of entertainment is acceptable and, probably, good for people.
- Life isn't all about earning more money.
- The "averages" are not everyone. The average guy may be watching TV until his eye fall out, but many others work 12+ hours a day and don't watch at all.
That said, I still hear quite often that "I don't have time" when I suggest ways that people can earn extra money. And in many cases, these are people who have written me asking for help earning more.
So I'm suggesting one place where people can find some extra time -- turn off the TV.