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The value of time

Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400.

It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day.

What would you do?

Draw out every cent, of course!!!

Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME.

Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.

There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow”. You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success!

The clock is running. Make the most of today.

To realize the value of one year,
ask a student who has failed his final exam.

To realize the value of one month,
ask the parent of a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week,
ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one day,
ask a daily wage laborer who has a large family to feed.

To realize the value of one hour,
ask lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of one minute,
ask a person who has missed the train, the bus, or a plane.

To realize the value of one second,
ask a person who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of one millisecond,
ask the person who has won a silver medal at the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time. And remember that time waits for no one.

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  • Dharanesh February 5, 2020, 7:08 am


  • Vennila January 18, 2020, 9:25 pm

    Really a nice message for the students

    • Abdulrahman Al lsmael January 20, 2021, 2:16 pm

      It’s educative

    • Abdulrahman Al lsmael January 20, 2021, 2:20 pm

      The story is massive

  • Vino Vinothini October 15, 2019, 12:12 pm

    It’s really nice….

  • sivaspaul July 25, 2019, 5:03 am

    it’s very nice story. surely i’ll make use of my time

  • Hassan Adam January 4, 2018, 2:43 am

    Motivational ofcoz, thank you very much

  • jerry Derick May 3, 2017, 10:42 am

    Very nice article, i used two seconds to comment. worth my time

  • Sri Venkateswarlu Vabilisetty May 29, 2016, 7:58 am

    Jaisriram. Everyone knows that time is very valuable and also knows that the gone time will never come back.But many waste their time for useless purposes. The stories like this will realise us to utilise time properly and meaningfully.Dhanyawad.

  • Clark October 10, 2015, 9:17 am

    If i don’t start investing now then all will go to waste in my life

  • John David September 27, 2015, 12:25 am

    From this story, I learned the value of time.

  • Raymond April 20, 2015, 5:42 am

    This story is very true. Time is going fast so we have to make the most of it everytime

  • Neha Ratthor September 15, 2014, 2:46 am

    Very Nice,
    Time learns to us, how to compromise with situation. We should do every work on right time. Past time never come back. so, please don’t waste the time.

  • Michelle June 22, 2014, 11:45 pm

    True! Treasure every milliseconds of your life with your loved ones.

  • Rakesh February 6, 2014, 9:49 am


  • Princess December 21, 2013, 8:59 am

    I loved the mortal, that time is precious and cannot be wasted. It is so true.

  • Dr. Rajan Perunna November 20, 2013, 12:48 am

    Very nice story. Thought provoking. Tks

  • Sakthi Devi November 11, 2013, 4:33 am

    It is a really awesome story.

  • Vishal November 8, 2013, 4:12 pm

    The story tells us to spend every millisec with your effective way because time is very precious for us.

  • Nandishchetty October 31, 2013, 1:48 am

    We have to think about this valuable story.

  • Lucky October 21, 2013, 8:40 am

    True, Time is very important…

  • Lobi G October 19, 2013, 4:18 pm

    That is really true. THanks for the great eye opening.

  • Shubham Ujawane October 12, 2013, 1:25 pm

    Nice story.

  • Darshan Sojitra October 11, 2013, 4:07 pm

    Truly nice. Time is everything & everything is in the time.

  • AShwini October 5, 2013, 7:39 am

    Thanks for reminding me the value of “TIME”.

  • Fatima Afsa August 22, 2013, 12:16 pm

    Good story. This is really inspiring.

  • Dr. Balnarayana August 16, 2013, 2:46 pm

    The story is truly impressive
    Everybody wants to keep, but cannot
    All to spend, but cannot to drop
    Only the righteous persons knows
    How to spend and for what to offer
    If the object is not planned, result is waste
    So hope today for tomorrow’s events
    Instead of wasting, doing service to others
    Is the perfect way of life for personal satisfaction
    This pleases not only the individual but helps the needy too
    Success lies in relief and concern for others

  • Neelam June 13, 2013, 12:47 pm

    Ultimate story I must stay….. with deep hidden mantra of success.

  • Mubarak A Saad April 28, 2013, 5:46 pm

    I really admire time.

  • Rahul April 27, 2013, 4:14 am

    Very useful, so touching.

  • Amit kumar singh April 27, 2013, 1:34 am

    Very important value of time. Thanks for explaining this.

  • Debaraj April 18, 2013, 8:51 pm

    This is a wonderful story.

  • Samaraya March 28, 2013, 9:07 am

    Time and tide wait for none.

  • Timir Chatterjee March 9, 2013, 8:43 am

    Must read it twice or thrice, understand the garvity of the time or value of a minute, how precious to humanbeings. Excellent, it is the way of motivation.

  • Praseetha March 1, 2013, 2:27 am

    Really a touching story. It is very encouraging. It makes us more studious.

  • Lawrance February 25, 2013, 8:04 am

    This author deserves a lot of credits

  • Komal February 25, 2013, 7:44 am

    Nice story have shared with my frnds…….

  • Shiro February 20, 2013, 1:36 pm

    Wow I like it. Every minute is precious.

  • Aditi February 15, 2013, 8:05 am

    Very nice article

  • Idiot February 8, 2013, 7:55 am

    Thank you. Hey I didn’t want to waste time.

  • Beatrice Macharia February 8, 2013, 4:40 am

    Awesome!!!!!! No wonder we keep talking of the future not knowing that every second the clock ticks it eats into that future. God help us to realize how much time we have on our hands and use it wisely.

  • Nitha Dean February 6, 2013, 12:15 am

    It is very usefull for every one, while reading this article I realize the value of my unused time, unknown author I give my heartfull thanks to you.

  • Jithin February 5, 2013, 5:38 am


  • Pradhikshana February 2, 2013, 12:02 pm

    Nice story

  • Mosopefoluwa February 1, 2013, 3:50 pm

    Time! Time! Very precious

  • Pato February 1, 2013, 11:33 am

    Time is really precious let’s make use of it.

  • Priyanka February 1, 2013, 5:16 am

    Meaningful. Keep going 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Asheet January 31, 2013, 12:26 am

    How true…..wonderful…… I wish I had never wasted the precious time.

  • Aye Chan Aung January 30, 2013, 10:35 am

    Nice one:) It can make me clearly see that there is no time like the present… Thanks a million:)

  • Esther January 30, 2013, 6:51 am

    Nice article. Thanks a lot.

  • Mmalolo January 30, 2013, 6:48 am

    It’s true, time is precious.

  • Farhath January 30, 2013, 3:51 am


  • Krunal Rathod January 30, 2013, 3:03 am

    So need to plan the daily deposits where to spend effectively based on the priority.

  • Rashmi January 30, 2013, 3:00 am

    What an irony knowingly we waste time so conveniently.

  • Marcie January 30, 2013, 2:12 am

    Time IS precious as IS life!

    ThanQ 4 sharing.

  • Abraham January 30, 2013, 2:05 am

    Great. Thanks.

  • Jacqui January 29, 2013, 11:55 pm

    Reminds me of how much I take time for granted, every moment of everyday is as precious as a diamond

  • Roopa January 29, 2013, 11:50 pm

    It’s very true !!

  • Rohan Ghige January 29, 2013, 11:29 pm

    This story is very touching…
    I want to make full use of my daily deposits… I will start using it for good cause.

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