The wrong understanding of Free

April 30, 2007  |  Self-Improvement

A lot of people tend to have the wrong understanding of the word “free”. To clarify my point, let me tell you a small story:

A little while ago, I heard a story about this man who had just managed to reconfigure his connection settings in way to that made it possible for him to call for free via the Internet. (Now do have in mind that this was a couple of years before Skype).

The man was obviously proud of his achievement and remarked: “It took me 14 hours to set the system right and I did finally manage to call for free”. Now, in my opinion, 14 hours of work is “not free”. Anyone who thinks that wasting 1 second “is free” has obviously not understood the value and blessing of time.

I believe it’s said that time is money, I disagree, time is more precious than money. You can always earn money if you lose it but you can never ever bring back 1 second of your life! What does this teach us?

Hopefully, it should remind us to use our time in a wise matter and never decide to waste a few hours in doing something pointless. Click Here to subscribe to this blog, I promise you that it won’t waste your time ๐Ÿ˜‰

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ABDERISAK ADAM is an author, blog writer and a PhD candidate in the institution of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. He is also the owner and webmaster of, a website dedicated to the discussion of study techniques in the context of higher education. Adam is the author of a number of publications including 'The Study Guide PRO'. You can connect with him through Google+, Linkedin or by submitting a form.


  1. It’s inevitable for people to waste a few hours doing something “pointless.” I argue that his 14 hours spent was much more productive than spending that time watching a movie, television, etc.

    Please clarify the last paragraph in which you ask us to spend our time in a “wise matter.” If subscribing to your blog is NOT a waste of time, does that also encompass surfing the internet? Essentially you are saying that watching videos on the internet and reading articles on the, “definition of free,” is a much better use of your time than reconfiguring your internet so that you can save money. It is true that time is more precious than money but if someone is going to waste their time on the internet anyway (Subscribing to blogs) then why don’t they make it productive and save money in the process?

    I think that the lesson here is that although it is very hard to ALWAYS spend you time in a “wise matter,”(Unless someone can honestly tell me that they are constantly doing something productive 24/7.) one should be wary of their usage of time.

  2. Ryan, great comment, keep them coming! ๐Ÿ™‚

    “Essentially you are saying that watching videos on the internet and reading articles on the, โ€œdefinition of free,โ€ is a much better use of your time than reconfiguring your internet so that you can save money.”

    It depends on the situation, I am pretty sure this particular guy didn’t save any real money for the 14 hours he invested. Remember, this was a few years ago, it’s hard enough to save any real money calling for free through the internet nowadays (due to the small percentage of people who are using it), then what about 5 or 7 years ago?

    That being said, I suppose the definition should be a little more wider. Perhaps we should start to look into things by their ROI (Return of Investment) and through that decide if we are wasting our time or using it “wisely” (I agree, the term is broad and I am not going to define it).

    I suppose we can now conclude:
    Ryan, if you think reading my blog is wise than continue doing that if not then …. I don’t know what to tell you ๐Ÿ™„

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