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A few months ago, I lost a job. It was a first for me. To recap, a high-paying client let go of the majority of their freelancers, which included me. I felt rejected, but I quickly came to terms with it. It’s business. However, since I’d been focusing 90 per cent of my work life on this client for the past couple of years, I consequently lost 90 per cent of my income when I lost the job.
Sorry to be the one to tell you this, but your brain is just not evolved to process big numbers. In our journey from hunter-gatherers to wage slaves, homo sapiens never quite evolved the mental machinery needed to efficiently process the high numbers we typically face when doing things like buying cars, taking out mortgages and saving for retirement.