The Most Successful Entrepreneurs Are Like Ducks

by Tony Chung on June 5, 2012

Ducks look so calm, composed, and elegant above the water…

But what goes on below the water?

This:

Yep, legs kicking madly like there ain’t no tomorrow :)

The most successful people are like ducks.

Have you noticed that the most successful people make what they do look effortless? Those who work their arse off but make it look so seamless from all the endless hours of repetitive practice. Someone once told me that if you study the best pitchers in baseball, you’ll notice that although they exert all their might into the baseball, the pitch action as a whole is actually a very soft delivery (you wouldn’t be able to pitch in a focused direction with just brute force). Bruce Lee is another great example. Very soft, agile, and flexible but phenomenally strong hits. Apple too.

Bottom line: Balance is key. Ducks kick just hard enough to keep themselves moving along without splashing water onto themselves and making a mess. Work your tail off like crazy but don’t flaunt it, your progress alone will document itself.

Want to be successful? Time to slap on your duck feet :)

Where your duck legs at?

Your thoughts

Images courtesy of thefabweb and Incredible Things.

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Charn February 13, 2008 at 12:46 am

Mmmm, chocolate covered ice creamโ€ฆ :)

Also, the OCD in me loves the idea of people washing their utensils before eating ๐Ÿ˜€

prkswllflwr February 13, 2008 at 3:16 am

I’m actually kind of weird like that, and I always wipe off utensils at the restaurant. Although I’m sure it’s not as effective as essentially boiling off bacteria. lol.

Tony February 13, 2008 at 4:31 am

Me too, just not to the HK extent :-)

Tony February 13, 2008 at 4:32 am

I’ve also heard that MCD in HK is one of the only places where they give you crushed peanuts with your sundae… t/f?

Jon Tzou February 13, 2008 at 8:34 am

Love the dad cameo ๐Ÿ˜€

I hope you got a chance to go through the street markets as well – lots of cheap, knockoff stuff!

JT

Nii A. February 13, 2008 at 10:49 pm

I love the ice cream cones like this at Dairy Queen, if McD in the states did something like this i’d be there much more often.

“What’s the date”
“The date is… I have no idea”

Dude, I’m envious, lol

Tony February 14, 2008 at 3:18 am

Haha man i just realized last night that Taiwan has these types of ice cream cones at McD too. Crazy!

Tony February 14, 2008 at 3:19 am

Yeappp didn’t buy too much cheap stuff because most of it is available in the Taiwan street markets too ๐Ÿ˜‰

My dad is so funny haha

jeff February 18, 2008 at 6:30 am

don’t forget the fish siu-mai! don’t see much of those in taiwan, yep.

man.. now you’ve got me all nostalgic

Charn February 19, 2008 at 2:23 am

I think I’ve gotten crushed peanuts here in America as well. Not too sure though.

Charn February 19, 2008 at 2:23 am

I think I’ve gotten crushed peanuts here in America as well. Not too sure though.

Tony Chung February 19, 2008 at 4:31 am

Ah yes jeff, I had some of that siu mai on Hong Kong Island one night, really hit the spot. :)

Tony Chung February 19, 2008 at 4:31 am

Ah yes jeff, I had some of that siu mai on Hong Kong Island one night, really hit the spot. :)

Floria February 28, 2008 at 8:10 am

They had that kind of chocolate covered ice cream at a fast-food joint called “Steers” In Tanzania too! I didn’t think it tasted that good, though.

Your dad is awesome. “uhh… WHAT’S THE DATE??” … “AROUND EVENING TIME, YAH”

Haha. Hope you’re doing well!

Floria February 28, 2008 at 8:10 am

They had that kind of chocolate covered ice cream at a fast-food joint called “Steers” In Tanzania too! I didn’t think it tasted that good, though.

Your dad is awesome. “uhh… WHAT’S THE DATE??” … “AROUND EVENING TIME, YAH”

Haha. Hope you’re doing well!

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