Entrepreneurship can be a tough and painful journey for many people. Some get lucky and succeed the first time. For me, that isn’t the case.
I continue to learn, grow and hussle hard. What helped me cope with the painful times was as a result of the lessons i learnt from the story: “The Size of Sorrow”, as you read along, I honestly hope you will pick up the powerful messages that will help you as you deal with the painful moments that accompanies the life of an entrepreneur.
The Size of Sorrow
An aging Hindu master grew tired of his apprentice’s complaints one day. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and then drink it.
“How does it taste?” the master asked.
“Ugh! very salty,” said the apprentice.
The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake.
The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water,
the old man said, “Now drink from the lake.”
As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the master asked, “How does it taste?”
“Fresh and sweet,” remarked the apprentice.
“Do you taste the salt?” asked the master.
“No,” said the young man. At this the master sat beside this serious young man, and explained softly,
“The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains exactly the same. However, the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a tumbler. Become a lake.”