Last week, I read a very interesting post over at The Financial Samurai about how chaos transformed the lives of three individuals. This article caught my attention because I have been a big believer of Chaos for the past 15 years (and I am 28 ). So since the age of 13, I have gradually come to understand how great and beneficial Chaos can be in everyone’s life. However, as opposed to the article mentioned above, I don’t want to wait around until Chaos hits my life (although sometimes it does anyway!). I like to create Chaos around me then master it to improve my life.
Have you ever tried to reorganize an organized playroom?
If you have kids, you will know exactly what I am talking about. We spent many hours last year trying to figure a way to organize their toys in the playroom. We wanted to make it space efficient, easy to use for children and safe. But have you noticed how it is hard to rearrange their playroom when everything is “in the right place”?
I have also noticed that I am able to find better ways to show off the playroom when it’s a big mess and that there are no more toys in the boxes. Chaos is helping me opening my mind and find creative solutions so the situation can be improved upon.
Our brain is driven by an unlimited powerful beast… in a rat cage!
As we grow up, we are encouraged to follow rules, understand and apply procedures. And the more we go at school, the more we tend to think the exact same way as those around us. We tend to use the same rationale and find the identical solutions. However, our brain is way much powerful than that!
This is why we need to let the beast go sometimes and let it create some chaos. When things are in motion, it is much easier to move them, right? When Chaos is in your life, it is the perfect time to get things going your way!
Examples of how Chaos can send your situation in a better direction:
#1 My parents
About 13 years ago, my father lost his contract with a big company and declared bankruptcy. Not too long after, we lost everything: our house, our cars, my future summer job (I used to work for my father) and all the treats we used to have… After a few painful years, they realized they were not made to work for someone else and they started their own company. Now 10 years later, they work 3 days a week and enjoy life.
#2 I quit my job
I’ve already written about how and why I quit my very first job. The funny thing is that I didn’t have another job lined up; I just couldn’t work for those people anymore. So I quit, woke the next morning unempolyed and started to look for another job (bills were still coming in!). I finally ended-up in a marvellous department where I learned a lot and grew up as a person. I am now a great financial planner because I have met a few people who made me the diligent worker I am today.
My manager back then told me something very important. A life lesson that I will always remember:
“When you are too comfortable, when you sit down and relax at work, this means that you are in your bubble. At the second you realize it, burst your own bubble, create some chaos and change your life”.
By the way, this is how human beings evolve…
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