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Investing lessons that can be learnt from Mahatma Gandhi

Here are some valuable investing lessons to learn from Mahatma Gandhi’s life, ideas and philosophy

October 01, 2020 2:08 IST | India Infoline News Service
Mahatma Gandhi
As we celebrate Mahatma Gandhi's 151st birth anniversary, here's taking some lessons in investing by the great soul as his philosophy and ideas are still relevant and will be so even after centuries.

Perhaps, the most striking qualities of 'Bapu', as he was called lovingly or the Father of the Nation, are that he took the non-violent approach against the most oppressive regime and promoted progressive socio-economic issues. His emphasis on Swadeshi and non-cooperation were based on the principle of economic self-sufficiency.

Here are some valuable investing lessons to learn from Mahatma Gandhi’s life, ideas and philosophy:

It is important to start: This refers to the those who are too cautious to invest. There is a feeling of fear and also lethargy that makes us put off investment decisions for a future date. However, just like the independence struggle where Gandhiji began all freedom movements on a small scale at first, it is more important that we start.

Practice matters: Gandhiji spent most of his time on actions rather than words. He was a great pragmatist. In the same way, we need to become people of action and stop planning all the time. Start today because what you do today (or how much you invest today) is a lot more important that what you can do tomorrow.

At times, resilience matters: Bapu was a force to reckon with and baffled the British about how they could stop him. How he single-handedly and non-violently spearheaded revolutions despite the brutal conditions shows his exemplary mental strength. We have seen the best of investors get overwhelmed by market events. This is where a calm and composed mind is a lot more useful than skill and talent.

Determination is important: Working towards an investment goal is not easy. There will always be a lot of noise along the way. Hence, one needs focus and determination. As Mahatma Gandhi said “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

Self-reliance is the key: One of Gandhiji’s most significant lessons was that of being self-dependent. With the humble charkha, Bapu always advocated self-reliance in speech and practice. It happens so often that the best of strategies go kaput, and one ends up in losses. However, if we can be humble enough to accept that we are fallible, rely on our own research and not “tips” that we receive from random sources, the battle is half won.

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