January 26, 2010, 5:29 am

How to Benefit from Chaos in Your Life

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Miscellaneous
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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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Comments

Hey mate, thanks for sharing your story here and over on my site. Very gutsy of you to quit out of principal! What was the time gap between when you quit and when you found your current job? Was there a moment in time during that gap when you doubted your decision?

I’ve always told myself I’d “retire” from my job at a specific age. The age has been extended by a couple years due to the downturn, but I remain steadfast. I’m just wondering when I quit, will it have been the right move. How will we ever know for sure?

by: The Financial Blogger | January 26th, 2010 (11:28 am)

@ Financial Samurai,

I actually doubt my decision the Monday mornin after I quit (the very first day I was jobless)… While it was a great feeling to tell them everything I wanted and quit, but I was quite anxious to wake without a job after!

Luckily, I found a job 2 weeks after I quit. In the meantime, my parents offerred me to work for them (but I didn’t know when I quit).

If you quit to do something that you like or beause you really don’t like your job, you will utimately make the right decision. Life is too short to wake up everyday and not wanting to go to work!

Gotcha. 2 weeks ain’t too bad at all! Good stuff!

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Hi

Thanks for sharing your valuable experience. I’m more or less on the same boat as you are, however, I quit my two part-time, well paid jobs to start my own business. Although it had taken me three interviews to get one of them (bank), but I preferred to be the fool than obeying so many other fools!
The “bubble” your manager said, I call it “the box”; once you come out of it, creativity starts to emerge.
Now I’m still struggling with life to find my place in it and it’s been a while (a year) that I’m trying out my business-side adventures; but honestly, I’m having the best time of my life! Maybe I doubted a while back, but I did some small quick-cash jobs to survive and now I actually know where I’m heading toward. I may write another post right here soon to share my success story with you :)

by: The Financial Blogger | January 31st, 2010 (6:00 pm)

Hey Darius,

I would actually love to receive a guest post from you about your experience ;-D

looking forward to hear about it!

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What lame examples. Losing a job or quitting a job isn’t chaos: it’s simply change. And, when change happens, you have an opportunity to try something different. Wow. How profound.

Chaos is when your boss is demanding 20 hours overtime a week, you discover that your spouse is having an affair, your 15-year-old daughter is pregnant and alcoholic, and the county is buying your house next month at less than market value because it plans to convert your street into a parkway. If you can keep your sanity and improve your life under these circumstances, that’s benefiting from chaos.

by: The Financial Blogger | February 15th, 2010 (6:23 pm)

huh… Dr. T… and how did you get a better life starting from this situation again?
this is not Chaos, this is hell on earth man!… and also an almost impossible situation, sorry dude, we are not at Oprah here…