Chapter 249 Seriousness and Stress is Inversely Proportional to Creativity and Imagination
I should write another “equation” here. As your seriousness and stress increases, your creativity and imagination decreases. They are inversely proportional. And as time passes, as every single day passes, your anger and frustration will increase, and your zest for life will decrease.
Another reason why a “traditional 9 to 5 job” is terrible is that you are so serious and concerned all the time. You have only ONE source of income that can easily be taken away with two words (You’re Fired!). If you have at least a few different income sources, your anxiety is immeasurably decreased. Say you have three part time jobs, three “side” work income sources (teaching, doing magic shows), and say you get fired or laid off from one of them, you are unconcerned and your life is not bothered or altered. You live your life with much less stress, and your mind is open to new ideas, new idea to test with minimal investments of your money.
But if you have just one source of income, you guard it and protect it to your mind’s detriment and peace. You think about the ONE job all the time. You think about impressing your boss and coworkers all the time. You will consent to work overtime hours that cut into family affairs. You are not free. It is more like you are a slave.
It is like a farmer that has only ONE product to sell, and it comes from a single “hen” he has. It lays eggs, and that is all he has! If that hen dies or gets sick…he is seriously troubled. All his days and nights are focused on his ONE hen. He cannot sleep, he cannot rest or be relaxed…even in his free time. He is so serious about all his affairs.
Let’s contrast that with a farmer neighbor who has multiple things to sell: everything from his garden: carrots, lettuce, potatoes, onions, green pepper, and he has a cow to give him milk, pigs for meat, wheat and corn fields to reap, etc. He then feels so much more calmness about his day and his affairs than the first farmer. If one of his animals dies, he has no trouble in his heart. There are so many other things he can take care of and sell. Then he can live with far less stress than the farmer who has only that ONE hen.
That is a good example I think that compares with the real world. The less you are dependent on ONE single source of income, then you have time and energy to test out all your ideas. When I was involved in the stock market with a company we also stressed diversification. Money in CDs, Bonds, Mutual Funds, International Markets, Precious Metals, Cash Savings Accounts… Then the investor is in peace. If one area went down in price, like precious metals, all his other sources of investment income are in place.
But what happens to an investor who has ALL of his retirement money, all his savings in one single stock? He is never at rest. He is always worried. His sleep is disturbed. He spends his days AND his nights staring at the company stock price. He is jolted with elation and depression all within a single day. That is a good analogy of just having one “traditional” five day 9 to 5 job.