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Diversify - It's the Key to a Successful Life

Updated on September 26, 2010

We always hear that you should diversify your portfolio when it comes to investing. I have been thinking lately that we should diversify in all areas of our lives though. Every area that I can think of, it is better to diversify. Think about the saying we have been passing down for centuries - "don't put all your eggs in one basket". Being too consumed in just one area of anything might go well for awhile, but in the end could be disastrous. Let's take a look at some examples.

Think about farming. If you have a 100 acre farm and plant the entire farm with potatoes and the Colorado potato beetle descends on your farm to feast for awhile, you have lost your entire crop and source of income for the whole year. Have you heard of the potato famine that hit Ireland in the late 1800's? They ate almost nothing but potatoes and grew just one type of potato in the whole country. Millions died of starvation because there wasn't enough food.

Here in Ohio there are many pick-your-own farms. We visited one this year that had nothing but apple trees. If something happens with the weather in the spring, or with bugs in the summer, or with a hail storm in the fall their crop can be ruined in an instant. Today we visited a different farm to pick apples. Except at this farm you can also pick raspberries, strawberries, pumpkins and cherries. You can also purchase peaches and pears from the farm store, as well as honey and maple syrup. This farm has mastered diversification and will likely succeed for a long time. Even if one entire crop fails, they have something to fall back on.

You can diversify in many, many areas though and it will help you succeed. Think about the current job market. Those people that are very specialized in niche fields are likely going to have a very hard time finding a job. If they have diversified their experience and education they are much more likely to find something that will work for them. My husband for instance has a teaching certificate with a bachelor's degree in political science. When he got his master's degree he got it in something different; social sciences. He has a very diverse education. If you have a bachelor's in English, and then get a master's in English you are much more limited in what you can do in life.

The same can be said for life skills, gardening, money and more. The more skills you have (the more diverse you are) the better off you will be in life. Not only will your life be more interesting, but you will be more interesting to others. You will be able to handle more things on your own and be less dependent on other people. If I had planted my garden with only peas this year it would have been a complete waste of time, as both crops I did plant failed miserably. One due to weather and the other due to a hungry rabbit.

If you put all of your money in one bank account and the bank shuts down you will be out all of your money until the FDIC takes care of things (this can take months). If you invest all of your retirement savings in one company and it goes under, so do your plans for retirement. Doing what the experts say and putting your money in several different types of accounts is the best thing to do. And just like money, you will go farther in life in almost all areas if you are diversified.


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      Amie Warren 7 years ago

      Very good advice, Jennifer. I am trying to diversify in my writing, because I don't want to get "stuck" in a niche, so I write a little about everything so if anything happens to make one topic earn less, maybe another will take over.

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      daljeet 7 years ago

      diversity is applicable to spirituality as well....i learn from different religions and thinking systems including science to get to core of spiritual values.

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      rmills123 7 years ago from Ecru,Ms

      Love the content helped me a lot. Keep up the good work.

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      gmrwebteam 7 years ago

      Nice content written here

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      Alex Gadd 7 years ago from Home Counties, UK

      Excellent article, agree completely.

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      mikiy 7 years ago

      Aerosmith's 'I don't want to miss a thing' used to be a fave song of mine. But after hearing it several times in pubs and the radio as if it was the only thing that exists, I even started to hate it. And this only can prove it.

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      Diane Ziomek 7 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Very informative...and so true! I think I am as diverse as anyone can get, as I have many interests. Now all I need to do is figure out how to monetize them and I will be set. Great Hub!

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      You have mentioned something many people don't think about.I think we get focused on what we can do best and forget to get our feet wet in other areas just in case something happens.Maybe we feel things will never change.But we all know they do.

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      idreesfarooq 7 years ago from fiverr dot com/idreesfarooq

      Again a wonderful title and nice hub. I love to read your hubs because they are rich with information and ideas. Thanks.

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      Kris Britton 7 years ago

      Hahaha, have been on these hubs looking for wonderful content and I love this article. I love that you looked at investing with diversity as farming, thats cute :)

      Thanks for the great article!


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      Neverletitgo 7 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      What a great hub. I realy like your hubs you are so skillful. If I diversify myself I can fit different possitions.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      You can say that again, diversity is the key to our modern day world. I enjoyed reading your tips diversify is the key to a successful life to help us all get along better and enjoy more success in all areas of life. Peace :)

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a very good advice and a well written hub

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Most of us have multiple careers. Diversity is a key concept.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Very good hub and topic. Being diversified certainly gives us more options and opportunities. Thanks for writing about this.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Well said. In my case it might be "Don't plant all your crops in the ground or raised beds that aren't portable. When the ground squirrels moved in, I lost all the plants I couldn't move to another property.