6. Koi Fish

Koi Fish

This bright-colored carp is a valuable collector’s item and a central figure of many Chinese and Japanese myths about courage as well as many other positive qualities, such as the ability to set high goals and achieve them, and the emotional and spiritual strength needed to overcome hardships.2

This fish is believed to act like a samurai, bravely awaiting its death after being caught, and its ability to swim upstream for miles in order to find food has become a symbol of perseverance.

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