The Choice (The Financial Athlete #144)

Chasing Two Rabbits (a Zen story)

A martial arts student approached his teacher and said, “I want to improve my knowledge of the martial arts. In addition to learning from you, I want to study under another teacher to learn another style. What do you think of this idea?”

The master replied, “The hunter who chases two rabbits catches neither one.”


One of the biggest choices in life is to chase one of two “rabbits”: security or freedom. Most people choose security, often subconsciously as we are acculturated to do so. It is the safer choice. There is less room for failure. Although freedom resonates with everybody, only a minority are willing to take on the risk to gain it. It takes a rebellious spirit to pursue the freedom rabbit. This concept is epitomized in Patrick Henry’s famous quotation: “Give me liberty or give me death.”

Chase your dreams and you chase the freedom rabbit. Whether this rabbit becomes captured or not, the experience is transformational for the hunter with an open mind. And if the freedom rabbit is captured, the hunter feels greater satisfaction than from capturing the security rabbit.

An investor is someone who has chosen to chase the freedom rabbit. This rabbit is much nimbler than the security rabbit. Being more difficult to capture, the chase is more exciting.


One Response to “The Choice (The Financial Athlete #144)”

  1. Jimmie P. Osborn Says:

    This Odessa, Texas “hare-raising” event began as a joint project of several local civic and art organizations to become the first large-scale community art project in the city’s history. The funds raised through the sponsorship and purchase of the 37 brightly decorated hoppers will benefit future public art projects.Note: This city wide art project ended in February 2005.The painted rabbits are the property of their owners so locations/look are subject to change including not being on public view. The locations provided below are from 2010.

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