For entrepreneurs, there is never enough time in the day. You have obligations to the business, family and friends -- and, of course, the countless other contingencies and emergencies that take up all your time for these obligations.
But what if you could have more time? What if you had all the time you needed to do everything on your list? No, you don't need to wish on a magic lamp -- you just need to change how you perceive time and refocus your energies.
This is what Neil deGrasse Tyson does.
For those unfamiliar with Tyson, he is best known for being the director for the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, as well as the prolific author of such best selling books as Death by Black Holes: And Other Cosmic Queries and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.
Tyson is also somewhat of a celebrity within nerd circles (of which I am proud to be) with regularly appearances on talk shows and sitcoms, and he hosts the podcast, Startalk Radio, where together with a comedian sidekick, he tackles topics ranging from supernova to G.M.O.s to superhero farts.
One of the reasons Tyson is beloved amongst his fans is his philosophical view on life and love, which he often expresses with a rich sense of profundity. In an interview from 2015 with Larry King, Tyson tackles the question, "What if we could live forever?" His response was, true to form, eloquent and inspirational.
"It is the knowledge that I am going to die that creates the focus that I bring to being alive. The urgency of accomplishment. The need to express love -- now, not later. If we live forever, why even get out of bed in the morning? Because we always have tomorrow. That's not the type of life I want to lead."
We should all live with this sense of urgency and focus in our lives, because life is fleeting and precious. We will never feel like we have enough time, so instead we need to look at the time we do have as a currency that we spend for the greatest impact.
So stop making excuses and start making an impact.
The interview in its entirety is below.