“Do you think this is free? My mother is a Director of Nursing Services, and I work for a Real Estate Investment Trust. If I was to figure out the hourly rate of my mother’s salary plus my own, it would come out to be about $750.00 an hour, not even including opportunity costs. This ‘free’ service cost my father 27 years of his life, the vast majority of which he spent in harm’s way and away from his family, not to mention the premiums he pays for Tri-care Prime, to receive a service that he was promised he would receive for free should he ‘do the twenty.’ So, what do you do, Captain? Sit around and play golf all day. Is your time free?”
“I’m a consultant to [a large company in the aeronautics industry] If I were to break down my salary… it would be about… $250…an hour. Whenever I have appointments up here, I have always just blocked out my schedule for the day. I don’t make calls, I don’t connect with clients. I have been retired from the military for almost 10 years and I have never thought of it that way. I have heard of the old adage of course, but I had never thought about MY time being money. You know it as well as I do, it’s always hurry up and wait and especially once you’ve retired… you’re always last…on…the…list.”
Please let me know if you have ever taken the time to figure out exactly how much your "hurry and wait" time is. I’d love to hear how you felt when you realized just how much it was costing you. Feel free to post a comment below or on my Facebook page.
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