Rule #1, You can’t have equanimity and peace if you don’t have control (by control I mean an ability to shape your future by your own actions, not some idea of “control” which entails enslaving others). You really don’t have any control if you are working at a job. Your immediate boss controls you and your future in the company. And the other people above him can let you go just as easy in a “downsizing”. It is amazing that the masses have become as parrots, all led into believing the same thing as their souls are led like pigs into the slaughterhouse. The majority of people just buy into the model that one single repetitive boring stressful job unrelated to their true passions is a mark of security.
As Donald Trump’s favorite famous expression, “You’re Fired” goes, you can simply also be told those two words that cut your chain from your entire income source. That is not safety at all. Your boss can unreasonably give you way too much work one week, and if you cannot finish it, he/she may blame you completely, even if there was no way for you to complete it. Then come those two words “You’re Fired.” Most people have been “let go” in their lives at one time or another ( other wordy expressions…”I’m so sorry Bob, but we can’t use you anymore” or “I have to let you know now that you can’t work here anymore”, “We are downsizing, and I am sorry you were chosen as someone we can’t put on the schedule any longer” or “Hey Bob, GET YOUR SH*T AND GET THE FRACK OUT OF HERE!”).
Living and working knowing just two words uttered can cut your cord…does this feel like safety? Don’t believe what others are telling you. You should have multiple income sources if you are to extend your sense of tranquility.
Pretend you are going camping and you know you need to survive in the wild for a few days. Would you just bring one single tool with you? Will you just bring your “Bowie Knife”? A knife is useful, but don’t you also want to bring mosquito netting, a lighter, a compass, a backpack, some food, maybe an extra sleeping bag (if it gets really cold), some emergency food rations (chocolate bars, granola bars), etc. in addition to your tent?
Working at one single job is the same as your going camping with just one item…your Bowie knife. It is useful for sure, but what if you drop it in a river? What if you need to cook dinner in the forest? Lemme tell you, a knife cannot produce fire. You need multiple sources of income.
The idea of having multiple sources of income is the same as thinking of a spare parachute. Even if you do not agree with me, and wish to stay at your single job, please have the six months emergency funds and work a part time “job” on the weekends. If you are ever fired from your main job, you will have a second weekend job to fill in the gaps (sort of like having a spare tire in your trunk in case you get a flat tire).
Bills are always continuous like overhead in a business, and knowing that you have but one bullet in your gun as a lion charges toward you is a bad idea, which is the same as having one single job.