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Why Investing Is Much Like A Box Of Chocolates

“Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’re gonna get.”

-Forrest Gump.

The quote above is one of my favourites of all time. It sums up not just life in general, but also a lot about fishing too.

I had recently went to experience what it’s like to fish on a kelong with a few buddies of mine in Mersing, Johor.

Before setting off for it, we were all very excited about the trip. We were thinking of all the huge fish we were going to catch and all the really cool pictures of our achievements that were going to end up on Facebook for bragging rights. When we reached the kelong, a wall of pictures greeted us. It showed past visitors with their huge catch of the day and that really pumped us up and got us ready for some action. So, we got our rods and learnt how to cast the fishing line (yes, we were basically first-time fishermen).

After an hour of casting, we caught basically… nothing. Just as we were getting bored, we started getting some results – a fish was finally on the bait! As we reeled in the line, our excitement grew. However, as soon as we saw the fish, disappointment set in. It was an undersized fish and hardly worth bragging about. For the next 2 days, all we caught were similarly undersized fish that we endrf up having to return to the sea.

Now reread all the previous paragraphs in this article and change the idea of fishing for fish into fishing for investments. You might notice that the story would still make sense.

Fishing as it turns out, has quite a number of similarities with investing.

For someone new to investing (fishing), most would have started out with a lot of interest in the subject because they might have seen someone they know make big profits from it (catch huge fish) in a seemingly easy manner. Most of these newcomers would then likely feel that they too can succeed right away and earn bragging rights with the help of just a few hot tips.

But soon, reality sets in and the truth is, this investing game (fishing game) seems harder than it looks. They will then get disappointed and might even quit investing (fishing) all together.

Yet for those who persist and learn from their mistakes, finding great investment opportunities (as well as catching huge fish!) is possible. If you persevere, you might realize that the ultimate satisfaction comes not from the bragging rights. Instead, it can come from seeing yourself improving constantly, scaling new heights, and creating experiences which you can then share with your friends and families.

Given the similarities between fishing and investing, this is why investing is like a box of chocolates. You never really know what you are going to get – and that is where the magic is.

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