As some of you know, I spend as much of my free time as possible on a trout stream. I suppose fly fishing is a lot like meditation. When you’re on the water, it’s tranquil. It’s hard to think of anything other than the small “fly” on the end of your line that rides softly along the current. In my fishing-induced meditative state, sometimes my thoughts turn to what makes some investors more successful than others. One day on Spring Creek outside of State College, Pa., I started to think about the qualities that made someone both a good fisherman and a successful investor. The more I thought about it, the more the two disciplines seemed to have in common.
Whether fishing, investing, or pursuing your other life passions, always be actively engaged. Use a wide variety of tactics. Be patient and rely on science to make informed decisions. That way, you’ll find happiness on the stream, in your financial statements and throughout your life.
If you’re not an avid fly fisher, these parallels seem like a stretch. But the more you think about the similarities, the more they seem obvious. If you’ve never fly fished before but always wanted to try, contact me any time at email@example.com. I’m always looking for opportunities to introduce people to a great pastime. Chances are you’ll be hooked.
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