Patience–What is it?

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Read this quote by legendary cricketer Rahul Dravid , he definitely is legendary according to me compared to many other popular players, who stood for the team and with held pain longer. Life is a Marathon and it is not a sprint, and patience is must. Below is the quote,

Rahul Dravid on “Patience”

“When I’m requested to speak to youngsters I like talking about this phase of my life and liken it to fascinating plant: The Chinese Bamboo. You can take a Chinese bamboo seed and plant it in the ground, water and nurture the seed for an entire year & not even see a single sprout. Infact, you’ll not see a sprout for 5 years. But suddenly, a tiny shoot will spring from the ground. And over the next 6 weeks, the plant can grow as tall as 90 feet. It can grow as fast as 39 inches every 24 hours. You can literally watch the plant grow.

What was the plant doing during these 5 years, seemingly dormant period, it was growing its roots. For 5 full years it was preparing itself for rapid, full growth. Without this root structure, the plant simply couldn’t support itself for its future growth. Some would say the plant grew 90 feet in 6 weeks, I would say it grew 90 feet in 5 years & 6 weeks”

The last line applies in many areas of life. I would tie this back to couple of my passionate areas.

  • Personal Finance – Being frugal and continue to invest regularly and start early in a systematic way( or they call it SIP) month on month, day by day. Penny saved is penny earned. Patience has its own fruit and building the big retirement corpus is not that tough than managing that corpus in your post retirement phase.
  • Fitness – In an era of instant gratification, you need to painfully with hold yourself from many distraction to continue to eat right and keep fit.

Only Rahul Dravid can say these lines, because he actually lived by these words in his career on the cricket field.

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