‘The Moon cannot be stolen’ (The Financial Athlete, #4)

Here’s another one from Zen Flesh, Zen Bones.

Ryokan, a Zen master, lived the simple life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief entered the hut only to find nothing to steal.

Ryokan entered the hut and told the prowler, “You may have come a long way to visit me, and you should not return empty-handed. Please take my clothes as a gift.”

The thief was bewildered. He took the clothes and slunk away.

Ryokan, sat naked, watching the moon, “Poor fellow,” he mused, “I wish I could give him this beautiful moon.”

Ryokan connects to the moon on a spiritual plane. At that moment, the intangible moon is his most prized ‘possession.’

Sports and investing are crafts. Cherish a craft like Ryokan cherishes the moon. People envy the results produced from a craft, but the process toward mastery in a craft is the real prize.

All will not go smoothly in the process. You will lose, make mistakes, and get frustrated. Accept this as part of the long process to mastery. Don’t try to rush into mastery. This results in injuries…physically for the athlete, financially for the investor. Mastery cannot be rushed into.

Placing a large percentage of your portfolio in chasing very high returns with high risk is a form of rushing into mastery. Never sacrifice proper money management for the potential of exceptionally high returns.

(above picture: ukiyo-e by Utagawa Hiroshige)


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