Once upon a time there was a frog in a pond. Obviously like the porverbial frog in the pond, it did not know too much about the world outside.

One day the frog got a Rs. 5 coin (when my Grandmom told me the story it was a 0.50 Re coin, but lets adjust for inflation!).

He knew there was no other frog which had any money at all. So clearly, he was the world’s richest frog. Now as a rich frog he wanted to help other frogs, but first help himself. So he decided to solve the biggest problem first.

A huge elephant used to come to the pond everyday for a bath. And daily many frogs and rats would get killed under the body weight of the elephant. Our frog friend decided that the world’s richest frog can address this problem.

So he decided to stand in the path of the elephant – and stop him from coming to the pond. However, the elephant did not see him and he was crushed to death.

I can see the relevance of this story to how people behave with respect to the equity (general) markets at large. ‘I have been in the markets for 5 years, so I understand markets’ …now replace this 5 with 35 or 45…the concept does not change.

The market is a great teacher, but the pupil should not behave like an arrogant fool – the market normally crushes many people for their sheer arrogance. God bless the frogs in the pond…

Do not blame the market for crushing you. Not the market’s fault. It does not know you exist.

We are insignificant people in a insignificant planet, which itself is an insignificant part of the Universe. We are here for an insignificant period of time.

To think we are important is really stupid. Let us respect the market. It is like TIME -nobody can beat time. Nobody can beat the markets.

Stay Humble. It helps.

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  1. Subra sir,

    I have a confession to make. I have been reading “subramoney” for the past 1 year but miserably failed to convert what you said into real life. I am earning for the past 5 years (26 yrs old now) but failed to save a penny other than having a pure term plan, a family floater health insurance and a 2 year old PPF with some 40k in it. I am married for 2 years and my wife have been encouraging me to spend minimum. But again I failed!!! I kept spending on outside food, electronic gadgets etc. all these months.
    I have been updating an investment/ personal finance diary as per your advice but failed to apply it on my life. I always advices others on the importance of frugal living but failed to apply it on my life.
    Whatever happened is happened but I have decided to start a new life. I know the subject is different from the post but I am expecting some encouraging words from you to move on in my life.

  2. A bit misleading…

    Staying humble will not save it from being crushed by the elephant…

    It is being open to other possibilities… i.e. one should be always be aware of bounded context of one’s knowledge.

    Humility though is welcome quality …

    regards… enjoy your blog.

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