The Pitfalls of Early Success – A Personal History

“Success makes people think they’re smart.  That’s fine as far as it goes, but there can also be negative ramifications.” — Howard Marks  The investing profession tends to attract individuals who, to put it politely, have a healthy sense of

Book Review: Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind

There are many aspects of life where the link between cause and effect is very clear.  Humans, as well as many other animals, quickly learn that taking a certain action invariably leads to a predictable and reliable result.  For example,

Book Review: Mastering the Market Cycle

“Imagine how much harder physics would be if electrons had feelings!” — Richard Feynman The goal of many websites is to create “evergreen” content — that is, content that stands the test of time and will prove to be relevant

Sharing Ideas? Beware of Negative Lollapalooza Effects

“Good investment ideas are rare, valuable and subject to competitive appropriation just as good product or business acquisition ideas are. Therefore we normally will not talk about our investment ideas.” — Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Owner’s Manual One of the

Marcus Aurelius on Business, Investing, and Modern Life

“Treat what you don’t have as nonexistent.  Look at what you have, the things you value most, and think of how much you’d crave them if you didn’t have them.  But be careful.  Don’t feel such satisfaction that you start

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