#357 You Can Always Make More Money But You Can’t Always Make More Time

  • 3 Gifts for a 20-Something #357

You can always make more money but you can’t always make more time. In my late twenties, I walked away from a business that generated more than $2 million in sales. I realized that sometimes you have to let go in order to move forward even if that means deciding to leave a monetarily successful business. This moment has become one of the guiding refrains that defines my business life — I can always make more money, but I can’t make more time.

There is an upside to tough times if you are learning. At 30, I was designing and producing products for companies. I was doing millions of dollars a year in business, working with Fortune 500 companies. But I was a complete mess. I didn’t have the infrastructure, experience or tools to handle the pressures.  I worked non-stop. I was constantly anxious. It was a rough time, but I consider those my MBA years. I learned what is truly needed in order to be successful.

My best advice…consider the source.

— Adina Levin, cofounder Collab (at told to 40 Women to Watch Over 40)

About Three Gifts for a 20-Something (and tell us yours):

Three Gifts for a 20-Something: What three “gifts” would you give a 20-something if you were a “Forty-Godmother”? Here 40-somethings share three wishes to help a 20-something get a head start on the confidence to make decisions that are right for them (not their parents, friends, teachers or society). No more woulda, coulda, shoulda. 

You can submit your three gifts here (no matter what your age).

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