101: The Value of Time

Spend your time well before you go.

– Coheed and Cambria, The Running Free 

I am in many ways a carbon copy of my grandfather. We look, act, and think similarly. We often draw many of the same conclusions about life and people.

We were riding in his truck one day when he asked me, ever testing, “what’s the most valuable thing you can give someone?”

“Your time,” I replied instantly.

My grandfather nodded. Of course that was the right answer, though he maybe suspected I would say something different. He proceeded to carry on with whatever point he was trying to make.

I have always valued time preciously, certainly more than money. It’s not a view most people share, and that’s always baffled me.

My current job is horribly wasteful with time. I do so much pointless sitting-around that I started writing on here again if only as an alternative to scrolling through Twitter. At least in writing, I’m apt to improve with every paragraph logged, if not learn more about myself or push others to alternate or deeper thinking.

I watch my co-workers, and they are so eager to milk the clock. I have one foot out the door the minute before my shift ends, but most of my co-workers will gladly sit around and get paid pennies in exchange for ever-dwindling strands of time. Their skin withers and their hairlines recede, and they gleefully yuk it up for a few extra hours on the company clock.

For this reason, I’ll probably never be employee of the week. I’m out the door like Calvin sprinting out of school the moment my shift is over.

It almost physically pains me to have my time wasted. I’ve written this a number of times, but my number one pet peeve, with a bullet, is standing in line. If I stand in line for more than 15 seconds at a grocery store, I’ll turn around and put things back on the shelf. That’s how valuable my time is to me.

My time is so valuable to me that if it’s a choice between my time and someone else’s, I’ll often waste theirs. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve left my friends waiting for me at a restaurant so I could do one more set at the gym or sleep 15 more minutes.

I’m not horribly rude or selfish in every respect. But when it comes to Time, I protect it like a diamond.

Maybe I saw Fight Club too often, too young in life. I am very aware of my own mortality. The knowledge that I’m eventually going to die rarely leaves the forefront of my mind. It’s too morbid for some, but it’s the truth, and if anything it only makes me grateful for each additional day.

You’ve gotta go to school or work, unless you’re some lucky endowment brat. But you need to constantly weigh professional concessions and obligations against the reality that your Time is finite.

This is a basic message, but one people put aside because they don’t like thinking about their own demise. For sure, you are going to die one day. Did you do things that made you happy or proud of yourself, or did you suffer in someone’s stead? Did you debase yourself, or would you be able to look back on most of your life with satisfaction?

My personality makes a lot of people uncomfortable or upset because I live with the understanding that I’m not going to live forever. I notice it everywhere, but perhaps no more so than in Dating.

Way too many of the women I’ve dated have lacked a proper appreciation of Time. They let hours or even entire days lapse under the delusion that Time is an endless bounty. They waste Time like it’s a currency – which it is – but too many of them tend to treat Time as something frivolous, when it’s obviously precious. It’s infuriating, and a deal-breaker.

I have the opposite problem. As soon as I determine that a person is wasting my time, I cut them out of my life. This leads to what most would see as erratic behavior, but that’s how much I respect Time. I am not going to waste a solitary minute on a person that takes value from my life unless I absolutely have to. It amazes me more people don’t look at things that way.

Respect Time, and it’s value. I’ve met a lot of people at the end of their lives who would very gratefully take on your bullshit problems in exchange for a few more weeks or months.

Use your time wisely. Maybe you don’t write, but maybe your draw or photograph or make music. Maybe you develop your body. Create. Read. Educate yourself. Live. Appreciate now. And don’t let the bastards take much of your time from you.

Lastly, spend your time well. This will roll into #102, but do some digging and figure out what will make you happy with yourself. It’s probably not the same thing that society or even your friends and loved ones believe will make you happy. Give details to your dreams, and then sprint at them.

Enjoy yourself. In most cases, its later than you think.



Now Available: the Reboot Hockey Off-Ice Training Manual


Hey gang,

After much work, the Reboot Hockey Off-Ice Training Manual is now available for purchase.

This is my first attempt at self-publishing, so go easy on me.

For the initial run, I am asking $11 for a digital copy. After payment, I will e-mail you a copy of the book as a PDF. You will also receive a password which will unlock the file. You can then save and print the Manual as you wish. In the coming days, I will automate this process so that you can  download the book immediately.

The Manual checks in right now at 241 pages, and believe it or not, this is a very condensed edition of the book. The Manual will only get longer as new information and products become available. Your purchase of the Manual entitles you to all future editions, even if I later opt to increase the price of the Manual.

If you want to purchase the book with no additional soft-selling, here are the purchase links:

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If you need a little persuading, here are some of the topics that the Manual covers:

  • Choosing an Ideal Hockey Stick, Version 2.0
  • How to Optimize Your Hockey Skates
  • 2016 Hockey Skate Buyer’s Guide
  • Diet, Supplement, and Training Recommendations
  • Considerations for Flat Feet
  • Technical Points on Hockey Skating

As a bonus, I am also including full Diet and Training Programs, upon request and after a liability waiver is completed. If I was including nothing more with the book, I think a personalized Diet/Training Program completed after consultation via e-mail makes the book a high-value purchase, but I’ve included plenty with the purchase.

I’ve created an e-mail specifically for those who purchase the Manual: RebootHockeyHelp@gmx.com. If you have any questions about the content within the book, or would like my help in designing a Diet/Training programs specifically suited to you, I am at your service. I will answer questions and help with Program Design as quickly and thoroughly as sales dictate and time permits.

But let’s assume you have your Diet and Training in order, and only care about the Hockey-specific content. Here is an overview of the content provided in the 1st edition of the Reboot Hockey Off-Ice Training Manual:

Choosing an Ideal Hockey Stick, Version 2.0 is a re-written guide to selecting the Hockey Stick that will help you get the most from your game. Almost anything and everything you could possibly want to know about Hockey Sticks – History, Marketing, Performance, Pricing, Technical Detail – is included within the section.

Choosing an Ideal Hockey Stick, Version 2.0 covers all the Retail Blade Patterns available as of April 2016, and can greatly help in future purchasing decisions. This section will help readers of all experience levels better understand the core principles of shooting and stick-handling, and in turn guide them toward the equipment products that will maximize their play.

The current version of Choosing an Ideal Hockey Stick checks in at 78 pages, and I will continually update the section as new products and information become available.

The 55-page section on How to Optimize Your Hockey Skates will help you get the most from your current pair of skates, and help you build some preferences for when you decide to purchase your next pair.

To that end, at the request of my editors I’ve included a 2016 Hockey Skate Buyer’s Guide, which I believe will help you make a strong purchasing decision. This section contains the most-current information available as of April 14, 2016, the first day I made the Manual available. I will also update this section as new products are released so that Reboot Hockey readers have the most up-to-date information at their disposal.

Between those three sections, I can guarantee that I will save you $11 when you opt to purchase your next stick or pair of skates. As someone who’s been through dozens of Hockey Sticks and 20 pairs of Hockey Skates in recent memory, I implore you to learn from my purchasing mistakes, almost all of which I’ve detailed within the Manual.

If that’s not enough, I’ve included sections on the Anatomy of a Hockey Skate and Technical Points on Hockey Skating that can benefit players of all experience levels. If you are new to the game and looking for an in-depth explanation on the way Hockey Skates are constructed, I believe this will suit you well. If you are an experienced player looking to learn more about the game, I believe I’ve included enough insight within these sections that they will still prove valuable to your continued development.

My Diet and Training Recommendations are exhaustive and exhausting. My education and passion is Exercise and Health Science, so if you have any interest in either topic, I assure you that the Manual will give you your money’s worth. But if for some reason you find the Manual light on Diet/Training information, a few e-mail exchanges with me will fix that in a hurry.

If you purchase the book, read it, and find that it’s not what you were looking for, again e-mail me (RebootHockeyHelp@gmx.com) to help me understand ways in which I can improve the book for future editions. Right now, I am offering a conditional full refund for people who purchase the book and don’t find it helpful, with the condition being that they help me improve future editions of the book with constructive, courteous feedback.

Because this is the first edition and because I’m only promoting the book via the blog and the Reboot Hockey Facebook page at the moment, I am not going to go overboard on a Jordan Belfort-level hard-sell. Reboot Hockey readers know the quality and type of content Mark and I produce, and you’re going to have to trust that I wrote the hell out of this thing. Again, if you buy it and hate it, I’ll probably give you a full refund as long as you aren’t a huge jerk to me.

The people who have supported Reboot Hockey have by far and large been considerate and shown great passion for the game. In response, I have tried to cram as much value as absolutely possible into the first edition of the Manual, and I am sincere in my offer to provide as much support to purchasers as I can.

I will continue to provide plenty of free content via the Reboot Hockey blog in the form of Honest Hockey Reviews and interviews with equipment manufacturers. But in order for me to continue devoting time to creating free content, I have to charge something for some of my lengthier content. I believe I have kept the price for the Manual reasonable, and I hope that after reading you find the Manual to be a great investment.

Thanks again for supporting Reboot Hockey, and best wishes in your continued progress as a Hockey Player.