“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.” – Confucius
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” – Lincoln
“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Franklin
“Self-mastery is like an iron hand wrapped in a velvet glove. Ego is like a velvet hand trying to wear an iron glove.” – TR
With all of the disinformation campaigns operating and now even social media platforms being more brazen, making choices to censor content they decide is untrue or harmful for viewers [rather than allowing people to do their own research to independently think and arrive at one’s conclusion], the most dangerous job and most valuable assets have increased importance.
If you’re a student of wealth, you might say that gold and silver are the most valuable assets because they are true stores of value, sound money and every central bank holds gold [and silver] because they know this.
You might also say the most dangerous job is the window cleaner who scales high rises, wiping down large glass some 20 stories hanging from a wire. Or maybe a soldier. Or a diver capturing impressive stingray images for National Geographic.
Assets for Life
Time is the movement of particles through space. Its arm is appreciation; the more we take it for granted the more of it we waste. The more appreciative we are of each moment, the higher the quality of each experience.
Wisdom is the correct application of knowledge. Its arm is discernment; knowing the useful from the ill, the life-affirming from the degradative, the order from the confusion, the false from the true.
With these two assets, the most dangerous job would be: An Educator.
An Educator who knows how to use Time and Wisdom has the most dangerous role not because of a risk to life, but because of how potent one’s ability to wake others up becomes.
Any role that involves helping people move from a position of blurred vision to clarity is educative, and powerful, and it doesn’t have to have the title “Teacher.”
You could work in many professions and embody an Educator’s energy.
When you assist someone with clearing their perception, they become more aware.
By becoming more aware, they change from within.
With consistent change, they make different choices.
With different choices, they manifest different outcomes.
Their new outcomes have an impact in their immediate environment.
From the little child walker with chubby cheeks learning how to speak a first sentence to adults acquiring a new skill in a new domain, the education process is most important for facilitating advancement.
If you helped someone to eat healthier, their choices for better food strips sales from junk food makers.
If you helped someone to see smoking cigarettes [and the E-cigs] can be detrimental to well-being, you just caused those companies to lose money.
If by some means you inspired someone to value their personal character more they might stop insecure clothes shopping and that takes sales away from the clothing companies.
Whatever your profession, increase in Wisdom, deepen your relationship with Time. Enjoy the journey.