One of the themes in Jason Womack’s book Your Best Just Got Better is “Make More.” When we talk about “making more,” we usually mean money, but what, exactly, does “make more” mean?
I’m blessed with an income sufficient to meet the needs of myself, my wife, and our three young children in Birmingham, Alabama. I’m truly grateful for what we have, but it’s not the point. I got to experience what it means to “make more” this week in a deep and personal way.
A bit of backstory is in order. I enjoy traveling, and I’m blessed to be able to do it for both business and pleasure. Sometimes, though, it gets a little out of hand. In the first week of February, I clumped together three that had me in Brazil, DC, and Tampa all in the course of about a week with brief stops at home in between. On my way out the door for the last of these trips, I kissed my two-year-old daughter Taylor Grace goodbye and said “Daddy’s going on another trip.” She looked up at me with eager anticipation and said “I can come, too?!”
I promised her that while she couldn’t go with me then, we would take a trip together soon. I’ve already taken our oldest (Jacob, who will be five at the end of July) on a couple of short trips, but I hadn’t yet taken Taylor Grace anywhere.
Until now. A few windows of time finally opened up, so we booked our big trip. Yesterday, I got home from work early, put on a tie and a jacket (this was a big, important trip, after all) and took Taylor Grace to the Aloft SoHo Square Hotel in Homewood, Alabama–just a few minutes up the road. We got to the hotel, got settled, watched some TV, decamped for a little cookie shop called Icing on the Cookie (she didn’t want to walk, so I carried her half a mile each way), ate dinner at the Little Donkey on our way back from the cookie shop, exercised, and generally had a wonderful evening together. This morning, we slept later than we normally would have, ate breakfast, and spent most of the morning in the hotel pool.
When I think of “making more,” it’s easy to think of “making more money.” And indeed, money is great to have. However, when I’m a good steward of my time, my energy, and my focus, I’m able to “make more” memories with my family.
Perhaps you’ve said “I don’t have time to think about how I manage my time, my energy, and my focus.” For me, the last 24 hours have been a wonderful reminder that I don’t have time not to.
Art Carden is Assistant Professor of Economics at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes.com, EconLog, Heels First Travel, and the Washington Examiner.