The Time Paradox: A Beginners Guide to Making Your first Million!

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What if I told you that by you spending 5 mins reading this article you would be on your way to making a million dollars.  Would you keep reading? Or would you say, “meh, let’s see what else is available.”

I find this a curious Paradox of the way we spend our time. I will speak for myself, here.  For years I was of the impression that all I needed was one opportunity one chance to prove just how valuable I was to the world and the world would, in turn, would repay me with fame and fortune.

Am I alone here, or have you believed this too?

It seems to me to be a part of my human conditioning that I must overcome and work towards rewiring.  The truth of the matter is, I am given opportunities to prove myself every single moment of my life. Its called Time management, and for almost 32 years now, I have been an absolute idiot with my time.

I have spent it pointing fingers at how others made my life harder, wasted it with social media, alcohol, bad relationships, and other addictions and time drains that did nothing but waste my time and opportunities.  The fact of the matter is if you are still reading this you have realized something about time as well.  It is that time is the one resource that all of humanity has in equal amounts.

While I can stand up and say that my path may be easier than yours.  You may have a world of challenges in front of you, that may be true.  I can not say that I have more available time to make my life and my gifts manifest.  This is the reason I started waking up at 4:30 every morning, and trust me at 4:30 am I am not always on fire for life, but that’s ok.  I have invested in using my mornings to ignite the fire in my day.  I have begun to manage the time that is available to me or if you prefer leverage my time to my advantage.

Its why upon awaking the first thing I do is pray.  Now if you are thinking about stopping here, just hear me out. Praying can be a scary thing for alot of people, it was for me, for a long time. Until I realized the reason it was so important. Prayer is a chance to control the tornado of thoughts in your mind into a focused intention for your day, like shooting a laser beam into the Universe writing exactly what you need from the day among the stars.  If you don’t believe in God don’t worry about it, believe in getting intentional with your thoughts to make your life better. That’s why you are here right?

You want the secret to that million dollars and how to make your life better?

Well here it is: Stop pointing at the man or women with the million dollars and saying that should be me not them.  Instead realize that could be you.  You could be rich beyond your wildest dreams, living the greatest life you could ever imagine.  I had to start pointing the finger at myself and saying that man with all the money, and fame and all the things I want from life, he started with the exact same amount of resources that I did.  He had 24 hrs to make, do, and invest in what ever he thought necissary to be worth that million dollars.

Because that is what it is, IT IS A CHOICE of whether or not I am willing to invest each moment to becoming the man worth a million or even billion dollars.  How important is it to me?  Do I really want that lifestyle?  Do I really want the responsibilty associated with being in the spot light and having so much money?  For years I answered a profound, NO! (but also cried that I was broke)  To that question.

I was terrified, what if I couldn’t maintain the success and ended up just embarrissing myself?  The fear kept me from moving towards the life I knew I wanted, and it was honest fear because at that point if I did get a million dollars and fame I would have blown it and thrown it all a way.  Just like I did with the small ammount of money and fame I was given.  I wasn’t ready for that level of success.  That level of success is earned and reearned evey day in every moment.

My friend shared a telling stat with me last night. Warren Buffet one of the wealthiest people on the planet spends 80% of his day reading.  80 freaking percent.  Warren Buffet, still, after making all the money he has made, investes the majority of his day in growing and learning to stay at the top.  It is not a flipping, flapping accident that some people are living the most incredible lives they could ever wish for while others are begging and pleading with a God they don’t understand or even hate, why me, why does my life suck!  The truth is it sucks because, I suck.  Haha, it’s true I was no good at life for a long time and I am just now starting to understand what it takes to get better.  And I also had to ask myself.

Why not me? Why do I deserve an amazing life?

What am I doing with My time? Am I investing in uncovering, discovering the gifts that I was specifically sent to this planet to share with the world?  Or am I doing like I did for almost 32 years wasting time, on social media, watching tv, partying, drinking, drugs, bad relationships, dead end jobs?  Ask the questions and answer them honestly, or lie to yourself and say “pfft, I dont really need a million dollars.  People with millions of dollars are jerks.”

I am done telling myself lies about money, success and a happy life, to hell with that.  I am going to invest my time into becoming the man worthy of a million dollar paycheck every week, worthy of a beautiful fufilled life.  Because, the only difference between me and the man that already has it ,is that the millionaire decided years ago to start investing every moment of his life into becoming the Millionare.

Will you?

Don’t waste your most precious resource, don’t let another second of time slip by you.  Account for each moment and every moment will count.  Like compound interest, invest in the stock of your life and watch the market rise.

And if you actually read this whole thing, give yourself a hand and don’t just like this, but share with me in the comments what you are doing to become the person of your dreams.  If you are just skimming post and not truly investing in what has been written you are wasting your time.

Have a Great day.



Published by Matthew Whiteside

I am a writer, a storyteller, a yarn-spinning freakazoid. My life is full of two things today, lessons and blessings. I write fiction mostly but I also love to write about my life and the things I go through on a daily basis. Writing it out inspires and motivates me and that's why I do it. Plus if it does that for me maybe it will for someone else too.

17 thoughts on “The Time Paradox: A Beginners Guide to Making Your first Million!

  1. “Realize that could be you. You could be rich beyond your wildest dreams, living the greatest life you could ever imagine.” —-Beautifully written.

    I think the thing that is taken most for granted is time. We always have this notion that there will always be a tomorrow. What if there won’t be? Did i spend my time wisely today or did i waste it.

    I used to be fixated on someone back then. Putting all my efforts and time into it. However it made me realise that unrequited love isn’t something worth pursing. So i decided to love myself better. To stop chasing something out of reach and to put my energy is something more useful..

    Another great post indeed! Made me think a lot and look into myself.

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  2. HELL YEAH!! *fist pump* I absolutely love this!! And remember if you don’t know exactly what you want to do, just do SOMETHING that feels right. That will lead you to the next right thing. Awesome post!

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  3. Great article. People are so quick to point at the examples of corrupt rich people and say that’s the only way to get rich, or you have to be a athlete / actor / singer.

    One of the reasons I love Dave Ramsey’s radio show and financial advice is that he has everyday millionaires on his show all the time. They all got rich from little or nothing by living within their means and working hard to chase dreams instead of worrying about the other guy. For every crooked rich person out there, there’s 100 like the folks he interviews, of all creeds and colors too.

    It CAN be done.

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    1. Thank you for reading and being apart of the community. It really can be done and it all starts with me. I have to be responsible for what I do and my life, it is no one elses job to make me a millionaire or even successful. That all lies in my hands. Taking personal responsibilty for my life is completely freeing even if it is difficult sometimes. Thanks again for reading and commenting.

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  4. You stated the case of many many people! We are so afraid to succeed more than we are afraid to fail, we think sometimes that we don’t deserve a better life and some other times, we just point fingers and give thousand of excuses why we’re not improving while we’re doing nothing to improve! We stalk celebrities and people and one stupid example: we see the model perfect body but we don’t know how hard she’s working to maintain this body even if it’s a gift firstly but maintaining is a challenge! It happened I watched one day some actress daily routine to maintain her shape and believe me it requires a hard work! This is maybe a silly example but it’s applicable on all subjects! About me I was afraid most of the times, blaming circumstances and war and poverty and family….Now I regret each moment I spent blaming and waiting for a miracle! I am the miracle and hard work is the key but first you must know what you want, then do everything you can to get it and reach your goal!
    Your writings are deep yet simple and wish you the best of luck and hope you’ll be a great writer as you wish to be 😊

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing this with me. It means a lot to have people participate in the community we are all trying to foster. And you are right. Hard work is key. Keep moving forward after your dreams and life will open up to you. Life is a wonderful adventure. Making the most of it is up to us. Thanks again for reading and commenting.

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      1. I believe reading what other have to say and their stories and perspective and interacting is very important! You learn so much! Yes hope I will focus on what I want and then nothing will stop me!

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  5. Another great post. I look forward to following your progress! Fame and fortune are not my own goals (I’d settle for being able to pay off my mortgage early, lol) but I think you have the right mindset to achieve them if they are yours! Your words echo a lot of what I’ve read in self-help literature in the last few months. You write well, very readable and relateable. Your honesty will be what sets you apart from other writers and gurus tackling these subjects. Stay true to yourself!

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      1. I can completely appreciate that! I don’t think that it’s an unworthy goal at all. Just the idea of being in the spotlight, even for a noble cause, gives me the heebie-jeebies, haha. So if you need me, I’ll be in my hidey hole with a good book (hopefully my own) and having a cup of tea.

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      2. Yeah it freaks me out too but, I have the desire so I know I have to push into that fear and become the person who is able to handle the light. And thank you for being here for me, I am here for you aswell the program of we can.

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