A Zen Story

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Today, I read this Zen story from a book related to my business. I really liked the story and thought of sharing it.

It is about the element of time in our life. Most of the endeavors we undertake in our life takes time to attain fruition.

Last year, I gave training to few people on trading in stock market. Most of the people who attended my training or people who casually inquired about the program has only one question to ask: how long will it take to become a successful trader?

I told them that all I can do is to teach the basics of trading and how long it takes to become proficient or successful in the business of financial trading is up to the person.

People love to excel in any field, but only few got the patience and guts to go through the learning curve. That is the reason only few are successful in any arena. This story throws light on this concept.

A Zen Story

A rich man, fond of felines, asked a famous Zen ink-painter to draw him a cat.

The master agreed and asked the man to come back in three months.

When the man returned, he was put off, again and again, until a year had passed.

Finally, at the man’s request, the master drew out a brush, and, with grace and ease, in a single fluid motion, drew a picture of cat – the most marvelous image the man had ever seen.

He was astonished, then he grew angry: “that drawing took you only thirty seconds.” “Why did you make me wait for a year?” he demanded.

Without a word, master opened up a cabinet, and out fell thousands of drawings – of cats.


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