Five most stressful things

Erasing Stress

Stress by Alan Cleaver used under Creative Commons

In the early 1990s I took a job working for a medium size consulting company and worked for a guy named Mike Patitucci.  Mike gave me some of the best advice I have ever received and I have shared it with many people along the way.  It was only this morning when I was telling it to someone else that I realized the obvious thing to do would be to share it here.  Mike told me that of the 5 most stressful things that you can do are:

  1. Get Married
  2. Get Divorced
  3. Buy a house
  4. Have a baby
  5. Take a new job

Mike said the “secret” to surviving was to do as few of these things as possible at the same time (so if you are having a baby – don’t buy a house also).  It sounds like pretty simple advice, but I personally know many people who have violated the rule and regretted it (including myself).

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