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The Salmon Run

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Salmon is a common name for species of ray-finned fish in the family – Salmonidae.

They are commonly found in the tributaries of the North Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. Though Salmons are born in the fresh waters of the rivers, they migrate to the sea to develop and grow.

And then they travel back hundreds, at times thousands, of miles to return to the fresh water to spawn or reproduce. What is even more fascinating is that the Salmon completes this resolute journey travelling against the river flow.

The Salmon Run has obvious challenges. However, the fish use their skills, their environment and their perfect timing to accomplish this feat.

First, they use the high tides in the ocean to get close to the rivers, then through their sense of smell, they home in on the river entrance. They also time their swim upwards gauging the river flow.

The difficult part are the waterfalls and rapids they encounter during the journey. But the fish are ready for that too. Again, it’s about skill and timing. The Salmon can flex their body and can leap more than 10 feet in the air.

They time their jump and use the strong upward current created when the falling water displaces the water beneath it. The combined force works and the fish are able to clear the obstacles and reach their destination and achieve their goal.

The great migration, in which millions of animals make the trek from Serengeti in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya is another example.

All major animal groups including birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, insects & crustaceans migrate hundreds and thousands of miles and the trigger for migration my be local climate, availability of food, the oppressive season or for mating purposes.

It is only we humans who are afraid to change and tend to remain stuck in place. For best results, you need to move out of your comfort zone and go against the flow. In the investing world, we call it Contra Investing – i.e. investing in out of flavor themes for best results.

Go against the flow for best results.

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