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What Is Buffering?

Posted on: May 6, 2013

In biochemistry, a buffer operates at that point where if there is a change in ph from acidic to basic or basic to acidic, the buffer counteracts to maintain the ph at a point around ph   7-1 or ph 7+1 . Why? Because a small shift in ph can have a drastic effect on the performance of many other enzymes and operations in our bodies.

So what is the analogy or relevance to life and especially employment? In life, there will be changes. You will be laid off or put in a different position not because of your own liking, but due to circumstances beyond your control and trust me there will always be circumstances beyond your control.The trick here is to behave like a buffer.

Quite frankly every business has a buffer in place. They may not call them buffers but they surely do behave as one. In investment economics they call it hedging, in strategic management they call it robustness testing, in chemistry they call if buffering, in engineering they call it sensitivity range….and so on and so forth.

How To buffer your career.

  1. You are the expert in your field. Where is change headed to? Anticipate it.
  2. Start small and consistent. Find the authorities and become involved.
  3. Always keep a cushioning account where you store your emergency income. Nothing spells doom like being broke after being laid off.
  4. Get in the habit of generating a secondary income using the skill you already have.

Finally, there is nothing wrong with being paranoid. Paranoia keeps you uncomfortable and also provides you with the energy needed to break the habit of conformity!

Have a paranoid day!

Lee Kariuki


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