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Managers don't like rich sub ordinates. There is innate understanding that money must always be paid in accordance with the position with the hierarchy. You are not going to be very rich, diversifying your tiny little investments. But you can be a lot rich if you spend you time well.

Now that's a problem for most managers. Side projects give your ordinary every guy a chance to do something big both in terms of growth and success, in a way the manager can never control.

Its little to do with rationality, or any other economic factor. It has a lot to do with jealousy.

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