A Little Stress Never Killed Anyone

Bodybuilders lift weights to put pressure on their muscles to create a bigger body.

Those willing to get rid of disease put some pressure of body by fasting. It induces autophagy which is the body’s natural process of disassembling unnecessary or dysfunctional components in the human body. For this reason, autophagy is sometimes referred to as cellular “cleansing”.

The rich put stress on the financial muscle to build it. They wait to make purchases they can’t afford and even when they can afford. 

DAVID GLASS, erstwhile CEO of WAL-MART said this about the richest man in the US then, Sam Walton: 

“Does Sam have money? I’ve been traveling with him for thirty years, and you could never tell it by me. In fact, if I didn’t read the proxy statement every year, I’d swear he was broke. I remember one time we were flying out of New York—on a commercial flight—going to see our friends at The Limited in Columbus, Ohio—and all of a sudden at the airport, Sam sort of looks startled and says, ‘David, I don’t have any money with me. Do you?’ I reached in my wallet and pulled out two twenties. He looked at them and said, ‘You won’t need both of those, let me borrow one.’ “

From “Sam Walton: Made in America”

In the case of software, coders run stress tests to verify the stability & reliability of the system. It helps determine the system on its robustness and error handling under extremely heavy load conditions.

You can use this same approach in other areas of business and life. Like you can run a test for a month to see if you can run your business at 80% of the current expenditure. If successful you can continue with the test and run a more profitable business.

Masayoshi Son is the founder of Softbank. Softbank led OYO’s $1 billion round through its Vision Fund which is a big reason behind OYO’s big valuation. Son put a constraint on himself as a young student at the University of California, Berkeley. He asked his friends about something that he can do for 5 minutes a day to make $10,000 a month?” His friends thought he was crazy. Then one day he set the alarm for 5 minutes and, said — invention, come. It worked. He made the world’s first electronic dictionary. Sold it to Sharp for $1.7 million. Then sold another business for $1.5 million. All within a span of 18 months. 

So do you have an area of your life or work that you want to improve or make strong?

You can start by creating a little stressful situation in that area. Work on it and then repeat until it becomes normal.

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