5 Key financial lessons to learn from Dussehra

Dussehra is celebrated to honor the victory of good over evil with much pomp and fervor. While Dussehra is a time when eternal hope rises in the good that exists in humanity, 

it also brings with itself some important lessons you can implement to your financial plans to have a better grip on your finances and plan for a better future. Read 5 Key financial lessons to learn from Dussehra here;

Destroy the evils on your wealth creation journey

The festival of Dussehra marks the victory of good over evil. During the Lanka war, Lord Rama and his army encountered various hardships to attain victory. Looking at the festival from a finance and investment perspective; the festival offers the vital lesson of ridding away all the causes that pose as a hurdle on our financial planning and wealth creation journey. Surmounting credit card debts, reckless expenditure, timing the market, booking losses amongst many other hurdles are the real enemies on our wealth creation journey.

Live a disciplined life

The advocacy of ‘Dharma’ or righteousness by Lord Rama emphasized the significance of being upright, responsible, and disciplined in life. While in exile or during the Lanka war, Lord Rama did not deter living a life of frugality. You too can learn to live in less than what you earn. By saving wisely, spending cautiously, and investing smartly; you can apply financial discipline to cater to your current and future needs as well as your family’s needs. One way of inculcating and nurturing financial discipline within you is by firmly following a financial plan, avoiding binge-spending at all costs, and investing in a regular pattern; possibly in Mutual Funds via Systematic Investment Plan (SIP).

Lead a life of patience and perseverance

When Lord Rama along with Lakshmana and Sita were exiled to the woods for 14 years and was asked to live a simple life as opposed to the luxurious lifestyle of the royal palace; he accepted his fate and maintained composure. When Ravana abducted Sita and the Lanka war broke out; Lord Rama fought the war with patience and perseverance and never thought of giving up or looking for shortcuts. These two incidents in the Ramayana signify the importance of being patient and perseverant in the hardest of times. In your life too, you may face financial hardships or you may find it difficult to avoid unnecessary expenditure. As an investor, you may get impatient while watching your money grow or market ups and downs can test your patience to its extreme forcing you to quit investing any further and derail you from achieving your financial goals. Irrespective of the above-mentioned incidents; you must be patient and perseverant at all times.

Protecting your finances

The festival of Dussehra symbolizes the faith in defeating all forms of evil to protect humanity on Earth. By protecting or securing your finances, the message is to create a financially sound future and shun all evils that affect your financial wellbeing.  You could protect your hard-earned money from going to waste by putting it to good use; in the form of investments or insurance plans. Also, maintaining a contingency fund that helps battle your emergency needs can prevent you from using up your savings or taking loans.

Cheers to new beginnings

The Lanka war of 14 days marked the defeat of evil and paved the way to newer paths. Upon returning to Ayodhya with Lakshamana and Sita, Lord Rama was crowned as the King of Ayodhya, and Vibhishana was crowned as the new king of Lanka. The events during the Lanka war and the subsequent victory of Lord Rama brought a new lease of life by starting afresh. Taking a cue from this; it’s never too late to tread on a path of financial freedom. You can start by chalking out a financial plan that suits you the best. If you wish to achieve your financial goals, you can always invest in a Mutual Fund scheme that is aligned with your financial goals and matches your risk appetite.

Source: Mtilal Oswal

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