Is time more valuable than money?

Why trading time for money is a bad trade.

“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” Steve Jobs

People often trade time for money. It would seem wise because they need money more than time.

That doesn’t mean, however, that time is worth less than money. There are three reasons why time is actually more valuable than money.

First, people with money will hire helpers to save them time.

Second, money that is lost can be gained again, but lost time cannot be recovered.

Third, if it were possible, some wealthy people would gladly give all the money they have to trade places with someone younger.

Therefore, the rich-rich value time over money. Time is the tree and money is the fruit. Cultivate the tree well and there would be abundant fruit. You want to sell the fruit but never the tree.

If you must trade time for money, do not do it very long. If you are not careful, you would end up selling your most productive years so someone else could benefit.