Sometimes a statement is utterly eloquent in its simplicity. Matt Voorhees, the owner of a handful of superyachts over the years that he’s christened Broadwater, said something that captivated the room at a recent superyacht-industry conference. Eight simple words left the room so silent that you could have heard a pin drop.
“There’s no more valuable asset than my time.”
While it was the answer to a question as to how he selects a shipyard, it very well could have been the story of his life as a yacht owner. Indeed, it could be the story of the life of any yacht owner, even you.
Voorhees explained that as an entrepreneur, his weeks are filled from dawn to dusk. Therefore, the days he carves out to spend with family and friends are precious. As you can imagine, he doesn’t take too kindly to people or businesses that don’t understand that his time is important. If he commissions a refit, he expects the schedule to be realistic and respectful of his most valuable asset. If his crew tells him a voyage will take a certain number of hours, he expects the same.
“There’s no more valuable asset than my time” is an important reminder that the intangibles are really deserving of being our top priorities. Can you put a price on watching your kids take their first wobbly runs on water skis? How about the moment you saw the shores of the islands from the deck of your yacht? What about the moment you or your spouse released the champagne bottle to break it across the bow of your yacht? Each of these memories is surely etched in your mind. You may have even captured them on film, or on your smartphone. Their worth comes in every second you get to live and re-live them. Their worth comes in the happiness they provide you.
There’s no more valuable asset than your time. Treasure it.