“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”

Definition: It’s better to have a small, secured advantage than the possibility of a bigger one.

I usually wake up at 5 am to do a ten-minute workout before plunging into a cold shower. For some strange reason, I struggled this morning. I had a mental debate with myself as I snoozed the alarm clock. I had two options. The first option was to lay in bed and miss my workout, and the second option was to jump out of bed and do the exercise.

I reminded myself that something is usually better than nothing. This statement is similar to the proverb that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. The promise to do a longer walk later in the evening is not worth the slight advantage of doing the 10 minute exercise now. Eventually, I convinced myself to wake up and do the morning routine.


We can apply this scenario in many areas of life. Saving Ushs 10k seems small, but it is better than waiting to save Ushs one million. Investing Ushs 1m is better than waiting for Ushs 100m. Your current business is better than the one you have not started. Your current job is better than the imaginary one in the future. Your current spouse is better than a potential mistress. Doing something small is better than doing nothing.

So the question is, what slight advantage are you accumulating today?

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