The Learning Curve – A Zen Fable

The Learning Curve

Long ago, in ancient Japan, a young lad was eager to learn the art of karate and went to the most experienced master in the land.

“What do you wish from me?” the master asked. “I wish to be your student and become the finest Karateka in the land,” the boy replied. “Can you tell me how long I must study?”

“Ten years at least,” the master replied.

“Ten years is a long time,” said the boy. “What if I studied twice as hard as your other students?”

“Twenty years,” replied the master.

“Twenty Years! What if I practised day and night with all my effort?”

“Thirty years in that case,” was the master’s reply.

“How is it that each time I say I will work harder, you tell me that it will take longer?” the boy asked, thoroughly baffled.

“The answer is clear,” replied the master, with a smile. “A pupil in such a hurry always learns slowly.”

Source : Zen Fable




When one is in a hurry to learn, it makes you wonder why? For the journey is far more important than the destination! True learning cannot be rushed. The wisdom needs to marinate in the intellect, only then can you savour the full taste.


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