Do You Have Too Little Stress?

by Robin Elliott on September 15, 2014


A man bought a truck in the fall and used it to haul firewood. One evening it started snowing heavily, and the truck’s wheels were spinning and he couldn’t more an inch. It was getting dark and the temperature was dropping. Instead of sitting in the truck feeling sorry for himself, he got out and loaded a whole lot of snow into the bed of the truck. Since it was now much heavier, the wheels got traction and stopped spinning, and he was able to proceed safely on his way home.

In life and in business, too small a load – too little work or stress – can cause as many troubles as does too much work or stress – too large a load. Ask any prisoner, any pensioner who is home bound and lonely with too much time on his hands, and those who yearn for company. Ask any business owner who wishes he had more work, more leads, more prospects.

The answer is balance, of course. Naturally, we can’t avoid the normal business cycles and ups and downs, however there needs to be an overall balance, and this can only be achieved when you are in charge of your workload and time allocation. If your boss or other people decide when and how much or how little you work, they also control your income, and therefore they control your stress levels to a large extent. This is a potentially dangerous situation, since they then also control the effects of that stress on your health, relationships, income, and so on.

When I was a hotel manager my boss controlled my work flow and stress levels, and that memory was one of the reasons I eventually got into my own business at the age of 33. Those days, we didn’t follow the 9 hours a day, pass the buck, unionized, clock watcher rule so prevalent in the hospitality industry today: 16 hour days and pulling all nighters was normal for me.

I’m not suggesting you buy a franchise or a conventional business – in fact, that can be worse than a job, as many entrepreneurs know; limitations and excess abound. The businesses I recommend are those in  which you can control when you work, whom you work with, what you do, and how much you do. Also, how much money you make.

In all my adventures in 28 years of business, I have learnt to seek out those with minimum cost and risk and maximum return. If you’re interested, let’s talk.

Robin Elliott

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