Archive for October, 2009

Afraid of the Ball? (The Financial Athlete #94, rewrite)

October 23, 2009

“My heart don’t pump fear no more.” — Michael Vik

When my dad was a kid, he got a broken nose from playing baseball. When my uncle was a kid, he also got a broken nose from playing baseball. When I was a kid, I didn’t want a broken nose so I didn’t play baseball. I was afraid of that hardball thrown lightening fast at my face. No one ever told me every kid new to the game feels the same way; and that as your skills develop, you lose your fear of the ball. If they told me, I wasn’t listening.

On the playing field, one of the first things you learn is you need courage to play well. With investing and life itself, you need courage to succeed, too. To gain anything of value comes with risk. Be bold but not reckless.

As a bee seeks nectar from all kinds of
flowers, seek teachings everywhere

Like a deer that finds a quiet place to
graze, seek seclusion to digest all that
you have gathered.

Like a mad one beyond all limits, go
where you please and live like a lion
completely free of all fear.

— Dzogchen Tantra