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The Story of the Dragon KOI

In the wild, koi are cold water fish who gain strength by swimming against currents. It seems they have captured the imagination of fish fanciers for centuries.   As the legend is told, a huge school containing thousands of koi swam up the Yellow River. The colors of their well muscled bodies flashed in the sunlight making them seem like a million living jewels. All was going well until the koi reached a waterfall. Immediately, a large number of them grew discouraged and turned back, finding it much easier to simply go with the flow of the river.   Yet, the determined remaining group of koi refused to give up. Straining and leaping, each koi strove to reach the top of the falls. Again and again they flung their bodies into the air only to fall back into the water. 

All this splashing noise drew the attention of the local demons who laughed at the efforts of the struggling koi. Adding to their misery, the demons  increased the height of the falls out of malice.   Undeterred, the koi continued their efforts for one hundred years. At last, with  one heroic leap, a single koi reached the top of the falls. The God’s smiled down in approval and transformed the exhausted koi into a shining golden dragon, the image of power and strength. He joyfully spends his days chasing pearls of wisdom across the skies of the vast and eternal heavens. Whenever another koi finds the strength and courage to leap up the falls, he or she too becomes a heavenly dragon.   The falls have become know as the Dragon’s Gate and, because of their endurance and perseverance, koi have become symbolic of overcoming adversity and fulfilling one’s destiny. 

This legend is the inspiration for dragon KOI Coaching. When people persevere and make it through their business and life challenges and  overcome their obstacles, the reward can be transformational. This transformation can also be missed if the ultimate balance is not maintained with business and life.  When my client is ready for the challenge, I help them to become aware, develop a balanced plan for their passions, and  live each day with purposeful pursuit.