Sunday, September 15, 2013


So often I hear, "How much is your time worth?"  It's a marketing ploy, designed to have you pay for services you could do yourself, if only you had a little time.  This marketing tactic isn't pure evil.  It is true that spending your time doing other things may have value to you, so you choose to go that route.   However, many times, asking me how much my time is worth is not motivating.  Maybe it's because I am young and I feel infinite.  If I don't have time to do something today, I'll just do it tomorrow.

For me, "How much is your sanity worth?" is much more inspiring.  I had never thought of this in the past until my significant other mentioned it the other day.  He's been trying to save a bit of money by doing some car repairs on his own.  While he knows how to do the repair on his car, he does not have all the right tools or know the process by heart.  These situations have lead to new problems, and the initial problem was not solved.  Perhaps if a professional had been involved, they would have told him the process wouldn't fix the problem.  At the very least, it wouldn't have lead to breaking other things and having to fix them as well.

Being able to have a positive attitude through the day and get something done correctly and reliably have worth to me.

However, there is also value from doing things yourself.  The pride that comes when you complete a task.  The accomplishment of learning something new.  The bragging rights.  I love that feeling.

Sometimes we go into a situation looking for those feelings of pride and accomplishment, only to be derailed by getting in over your head.  We've been there.  It's tough to know whether to go the professional or DIY route.  Understand your limitations.  Research the process.  Make an informed decision.  And remember, your sanity has worth.

A Problem - Constantly Reaching

Dear friends,

I have a problem.  I have a problem and it is always out there for everyone to see.

I am constantly reaching.

You probably knew this about me.  A person who writes a blog called "Making Better Best" is, understandably, always reaching for something better.

However, there are some things that maybe we shouldn't be reaching for.

I am constantly reaching for a better job.  I have job postings for searches come to email each day.  I have job sites that I check each week to see if there is anything of interest.  I've applied to hundreds of jobs.  I've interviewed for a handful. When does this just become wasted effort?  And further, when will I ever be able to settle.  I haven't bought a house. I haven't committed in a relationship.  All because I am constantly reaching for the next best thing.

Some may say that is just because I am unhappy in my current situation, and that I'll settle when I'm in a situation that's right.  I haven't gotten far enough down the road to confirm that.

I still think that trying to make yourself the best you that you can be is important.  Where has your desire to constantly reach for something better impacted your life negatively?