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grown right through the pavers.
I have left this post for a while as it is the most profound piece of Jewish wisdom thus far. It is about the the analogy of rivers that flow into the garden of Eden based on one of the very early stories in the Torah. You will also find the story in the Christian Bible in Genesis 2:10-14 (I'll leave you to read/Google it yourself). The story speaks of the river that flowed out from the idyllic garden of Eden and branched into four separate rivers which watered the whole land. Seeing as geologists are left scratching their heads about the physicality of such a place, it is clear that the main thrust of this story is spiritual. Now, remember in previous posts I have explained that Jewish folks see money and wealth as spiritual, not in the prosperity Gospel sense but simply because it is not physical....coupled with the fact that they believe the Torah holds all the basics of money and wealth management in its code and analogies. This story is the most profound piece of Jewish wealth wisdom.
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Here is the Jewish spiritual meaning of this ancient story:
The meanings of the names of the four rivers approximately mean:
2. Bursting forth
As well, the context of the placement of these rivers talks about gold, precious stones, precious commodities, reaching to many different lands and nations ..... clearly wealth and diversification.
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OK, so let's get practical here and talk plainly. Jewish folk whilst often specialising in a single area of expertise ALWAYS understand and practice the discipline of multiple income streams. They have more than one river of wealth happening. What? Are we meant to go out and work four jobs? Nope. Just like the rivers that all flow at the same time, our income streams need to be simultaneously providing us with unique sources of income. Also like the four rivers our income streams need to come from the one source (go back and read the story)....that source is us! Jewish folk believe that all of us are given many different abilities and talents to be able to generate diverse streams of income simultaneously - and they do.
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This Jewish wealth wisdom took a while to sink in for me, but then the penny eventually dropped - I needed to stop relying on just my job as a single source of income.
Just like lack of diversification when investing is risky, so is lack of diversification in income.
If you have ever lost your job you will know just how utterly risky and devastating having a single source of income is.
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Normally I will only blog about things I am doing or have done - this post is an exception. I am right in the middle of unlearning a lifetime of beliefs that demand I have just one source of income and rewire my brain to seeing the huge risk and the utter exhaustion that comes with only having one source of income and expecting it to do everything we need and want it to do. Strangely, all through my life there has been many situations that have shown me that I have the capacity, skills and insight to be able to create other streams (rivers) of income but I always brushed these moments off as my 'crazy' thinking. I always dismissed these emerging opportunities and thoughts with "Oh, I could not make a living out of that".... gosh I'm a bit dim sometimes hey?!. Anyway, 'spilled milk' I suppose - but the lesson is now in the process of being learnt! Training my brain to fully realise that my good job as my single source of income is actually a significant life risk, is taking its merry time - but it is happening.
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So now I am in the planning and discovery stage, looking at my skills, looking at things I can create and produce that can be marketed to realise a repetitive and diverse income stream. The challenge is to move away from the continually-swapping-my-time-for-money model of working and thinking deeply about what product I can create that will add significant and genuine value to others' lives and can be produced just once but on-sold numerous times.....hmmm.
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Anyway, there are chapters and chapters I could write on this topic but there it is folks - another piece of Jewish wisdom that says that just having a job is the riskiest way to to bring income into our homes and families. Sensible, wise, low risk income must be created by several diverse income streams...at least four - just like those ancient rivers.
Take care folks and stay nice.
Mr HM (Phil)