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Right surpassing the year ends, I thought Iâd share a handful of ideas Iâve read, learned, re-learned, and wrote well-nigh in the past twelve months. Here are 23 of them, in no particular order of importance. I hope you find these useful, as much as I did.
1. Investing is Simple, Not Easy
This is the stock price orchestration of Titan Visitor over the past 16 years (2007-2023) –
Our smart-ass that works with perfection in retrospect would lead us to believe that ownership and holding the stock during these 16 years would have been an easy choice for anyone who did it. Without all, the only thing the investor would have washed-up during these 16 years was, well, nothing.
I wish investing was that easy.
Of course, the idea of ownership and holding high-quality businesses over a long period of time is simple. Everyone knows that, and plane those who do not practice it fathom that this works with most high-quality businesses, as history has proven time and again.
But then, it is important to understand that the whoopee of ‘not doing anything’ over such a long period of time involves hundreds of decisions over months and years that lead to such inaction.
Businesses transpiration from time to time, and so do emotions, and so does the behaviour of other investors virtually us, and so do conditions in the stock market and of our portfolios. And thatâs why sitting on stocks â the ones that remain upper quality â is not as simple as it sounds. And thatâs why patience is one of the most important yet difficult skills one must cultivate while investing in the stock market.
George Baker makes a powerful remark which Thomas Phelps quotes in his book 100 to 1 in the Stock Market â “To make money in stocks you must have âthe vision to see them, the valiance to buy them and the patience to hold them.â
Patience is the rarest of the three, and is not an easy skill to develop however easy experienced investors or advisors may make it sound. But if ripened and practiced well, it pays off well in the long run. Thatâs how fortunes are made in the stock market.
Just be prepared for the grind. And stick with quality until it remains quality. Considering if it is not quality, buy-and-hold will not help you create wealth, but destroy it. Like here –
2. Long Term Investing is Hard
Long term investing demands a virtue thatâs in short supply these days: and that is patience. Itâs like planting a seed and waiting for the tree to grow. In a world where everyoneâs racing versus the clock, embracing the waiting game can finger downright painful.
Letâs moreover consider that the stereotype lifespan of businesses and their competitive advantages is on the decline. Itâs like the sand slipping through the hourglass faster than ever. Add to that our shrinking sustentation spans and holding periods â itâs a rencontre to stay single-minded for the long haul.
Look at some data from the stock market. As per the New York Stock Exchange Factbook, the stereotype holding period for stocks in 1960 was 100 months (8 years). By 1970 it had dropped to 63 months (5 years). By 1980 it had dropped to 33 months, by 1990 to 26 months, by 2000 to just 14 months, and in 2010 just six months.
Even in India, when I squint virtually to see what most people in the stock market are doing, I see them considering two-three months of holding stocks as painfully long.
I met a gentleman in one of my investing workshops who told me how he held on to his âhigh convictionâ idea for five months, surpassing losing patience as the stock market crashed and so did his stock. Then there was flipside gentleman I met who had been âplayingâ the stock market for the past fifteen years, but has never held a stock increasingly than six months. He told me with pride how he took well-matured bets and then typesetting profits or losses in under six months. Vastitude that was, like, painful for him.
How much overly I wish increasingly people would invest sensibly and for the long run, and whatever I want to drill into their minds through my posts, courses, and workshops, I tightly believe itâs a permanent change.
I can see no influence that would revive most peopleâs interest in holding stocks and bilateral funds through times of trouble. Sure, the number of people who believe they would practice long term investing plane through bad times has increased over the years. But most of such people just need one extended bad market to shake their belief.
Given this landscape, long term investing becomes this rare, contrarian endeavor. Itâs not for the faint of heart. I do not see many investors having the grit or the insight to weather the storm.
In fact, a significant permafrost of people in the stock market are sailing without a compass. When the money starts flowing in effortlessly, itâs easy to get unprotected up in the frenzy. But hereâs the reservation â quick wins can often be like a wolf in sheepâs clothing, leading unsuspecting investors to the proverbial slaughterhouse.
And therein lies the key point of my idea. In a world where everyoneâs looking for the next big thing, if you can resist the voodoo of instant gratification, you can do really well for yourself over the long run as far as wealth megacosm and wealth preservation is concerned.
Iâve been in the investing game for over 20 years, practicing long term investing with sincerity and decent success based on my own standards. Iâve seen a lot of fellow investors waif out, regretting their decisions. Itâs a proof of the power of this idea.
Sure, long term investing is tough. But trust me, if you can navigate the challenges with lattermost patience, the rewards are veritably worth it.
3. Charlie Munger Lives on as All Unconfined Philosophers Do
Itâs a natural human tendency to seek repletion in the weighing that unrepealable scenarios are vastitude the realm of possibility. Whether itâs a health issue, or a personal tragedy, we often tell ourselves, âThat could never happen.â We build mental fortresses virtually these notions, finding solace in the illusion of invincibility.
But life has a way of humbling us, showing us that no one is exempt from its capriciousness.
28th November 2023 was one such day.
Charlie Munger, whom I have considered a hero in my life, passed yonder at the age of 99, just 34 days from turning 100.
And Charlie is not just a hero for me on paper. He has been, and unchangingly will be a guiding gravity in my life, shaping my values, decisions, and aspirations. His wisdom has been my compass, and his principles are sort of my North Star.
As I come to terms with his passing, I gloat the incredible legacy he leaves behind. The impact he had on my life and the lives of myriad others is a testament to his no-go weft and the rememberable power of his words.
Here are a few trappy quotes from Charlie on how to be happy in life and survive a long time to tell the tale.
If all you succeed in doing in life is getting rich by ownership little pieces of paper, itâs a failed life. Life is increasingly than stuff shrewd in wealth accumulation.
Remember that reputation and integrity are your most valuable resources â and can be lost in a heartbeat.
A lot of success in life and merchantry comes from knowing what you want to avoid: early death, a bad marriage etc.
Envy is a really stupid sin considering itâs the only one you could never possibly have any fun at. Thereâs a lot of pain and no fun. Why would you want to get on that trolley?
Confucius said that real knowledge is knowing the extent of oneâs ignorance. Aristotle and Socrates said the same thing. Is it a skill that can be taught or learned? It probably can, if you have unbearable of a stake riding on the outcome.
Some people are extraordinarily good at knowing the limits of their knowledge, considering they have to be. Think of somebody whoâs been a professional tightrope walker for 20 years â and has survived. He couldnât survive as a tightrope walker for 20 years unless he knows exactly what he knows and what he doesnât know. Heâs worked so nonflexible at it, considering he knows if he gets it wrong he wonât survive. The survivors know.
Knowing what you donât know is increasingly useful than stuff brilliant.
Finally, as Charlie would have said, âI have nothing to add.â
Will miss you, Charlie!
4. The Charlie Munger Manifesto
âWe have a passion for keeping things simple,â Charlie Munger would often say.
And taking a leaf out of that, I have created The Charlie Munger Manifesto, which contains his most important rules for living a good life, and lamister bad outcomes.
These rules are something you can reflect when on, like I have done, if you overly finger stuck in your life.
And if you believe in them, follow them, and stand for them, your life will be good.
5. The Charlie Munger Investing Manifesto
Close on the heels of The Charlie Munger Manifesto, which contains his most important rules for living a good life, and lamister bad outcomes, here is The Charlie Munger âInvestingâ Manifesto, which lays lanugo some of his most profound ideas on rhadamanthine a wiser investor.
6. Stock Investing is a Humbling Game
Not losing money is a hair-trigger part of the stock investing process. Successful investors say it in variegated ways, but the point is unchangingly the same.
Warren Buffett has often said â âRule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No. 1.â
But he has moreover said â âIf you donât make mistakes, you canât make decisions.â
You see, the problem is not in making mistakes. The problem is in not knowing when you have made a mistake and thus not learning from it.
Unfortunately, openness to making mistakes and recognizing them is vastitude most of us. Why is that?
Two reasons. The first, our societyâs phobia for making mistakes, something that begins at school, where we learn to learn what we are taught rather than to resolve problems. We are fed with facts, and those who make the fewest mistakes are considered to be the smarter ones. So we learn that it is embarrassing to not know and to make mistakes. We finger bad when we find out we have made a mistake or do not know something.
The second reason we find it nonflexible to recognize mistakes is our focus on outcome rather than process. We prefer the ârightâ result from the wrong visualization to a âwrongâ result from the right decision, labeling everything that does not âwork outâ a mistake.
In doing so, we goof to differentiate between those investors who are unaware of the inconsistency between their thoughts and deportment and those who merely come to a wrong decision.
If you have read the story of Socratesâ trial and execution and what the classical Greek philosopher taught the world well-nigh humility, you know that humility is, in fact, one of the greatest resources for any person, including a stock market investor.
Practicing humility gives you the strength to goof forward. The only mistake you do not want to make is forgetting your mistakes. Ignoring the mistakes can make you lose the golden opportunity to use them as stepping stone for stook real wisdom.
My investing career of 19 years has been a big bagful of mistakes, some stupid and humiliating, and the rest very stupid and very humiliating.
I have bought stocks with poor fundamentals just considering they were trading unseemly (Arvind), stocks without understanding their underlying businesses well (Hotel Leela), sold good stocks too early just considering I was scared of losing my paper profits (Page Industries), avoided good businesses just considering their stock prices were slightly higher than my âcomfortableâ ownership prices (Asian Paints), and sold good businesses whose stock prices did not seem to move for 2-3 years (Swaraj Engines).
Oh, the list is longer, but let me not embarrass myself too much at one go!
However, thankfully, my mistakes have not deterred me from working on my investment process, to modernize in such a way that I stave repeating my mistakes from the past. And that has helped me earn a satisfactory return on my investments over the past few years.
According to Peter Lynch, in investing, you are doing unconfined if only 60% of your calls turn out to be right, so it is important to unclose that you will make mistakes.
Reminds me of this anecdote well-nigh Henry Ford, the father of automobile industry. Once, he was stuff interviewed by a friendly journalist. On stuff asked his secret for success, he said, âI have two words for you Sir. Good decisions.â
âAnd how did you learn to make good decisions?â asked the journalist curiously.
âTwo words then â Bad decisions.â Ford replied. He intuitively understood the importance of learning from bad decisions.
Knowing that you do not know a lot of things, knowing that you will make a lot of mistakes, and knowing that you will be crucified for your mistakes, and unsuspicious these as part of the journey, is what causes success in investing.
The stock market, Ken Fisher says, is a âgreat humiliator.â The weightier way to deal well with it is to play the game with well-constructed humility, considering that is the way you will help yourself from not getting humiliated too immensely or too often.
That is the way this game works in your favour.
You play it this way, or you donât.
7. Dare to Be Wrong
âDare to be wrong,â Howard Marks wrote in one of his memos in 2014, very much like Charlie Munger told him, âIt (investing) is not supposed to be easy. Anyone who finds it easy is stupid.â
Marks wrote â
You have to requite yourself a endangerment to fail.â Thatâs what Kenny âThe Jetâ Smith said on TV the other night during the NCAA higher basketball tournament, talking well-nigh a star player who started out unprepossessed and as a result attempted too few shots in a game his team lost. Itâs a unconfined way to make the point.
Failure isnât anyoneâs goal, of course, but rather an inescapable potential magnitude of trying to do really well.
He then widow â
Any struggle to compile superior investment results has to entail visa of the possibility of stuff wrong.
âŠsince conventional policies is sure to produce stereotype performance, people who want to be whilom stereotype canât expect to get there by engaging in conventional behavior.
Their policies has to be different. And in the undertow of trying to be variegated and better, they have to withstand the risk of stuff variegated and worse. That truth is simply unarguable. There is no way to strive for the former that doesnât require validness the risk of the latter.
Of course, as Marks wrote, itâs important to play judiciously, to have increasingly successes than failures, and to make increasingly on your successes than you lose on your failures. But itâs crippling to have to stave all failures, and insisting on doing so canât be a winning strategy.
Such a strategy may guarantee you versus losses, but itâs likely to guarantee you versus gains as well.
I have seen so many people over the years who have sat on the stock marketâs sidelines â either due to fear of losing money, or while waiting for a perfect opportunity to buy stocks â that they have paid huge opportunity financing of not stuff invested.
No one wants to squint wrong now when everyone else is looking Mr. or Mrs. Right.
In his memo, Marks quoted Lou Brock, one of baseballâs weightier players of the late 1960s, as saying â
Show me a guy whoâs wrung to squint bad, and Iâll show you a guy you can write-up every time.
The interesting part well-nigh the stock market is that wherever you look, you would find such guys aplenty â people who are wrung to squint bad, and thus people who do things that everyone else is doing.
Anyways, here is how Marks ended his memo â
Unconventional policies is the only road to superior investment results, but it isnât for everyone. In wing to superior skill, successful investing requires the worthiness to squint wrong for a while and survive some mistakes.
Thus each person has to assess whether heâs temperamentally equipped to do these things and whether his circumstances will indulge itâŠwhen the fries are lanugo and the early going makes him squint wrong, as it invariably will.
Not everyone can wordplay these questions in the affirmative. Itâs those who believe they can that should take a endangerment on stuff great.
Mark these words, and note them in your investment periodical â Successful investing requires the worthiness to squint wrong for a while and survive some mistakes.
But then, are you willing to withstand the embarrassment of looking wrong when all others virtually you are looking right?
âLove all, trust a few, do wrong to none,â said William Shakespeare.
Vishal Khandelwal writes, âIn the stock market, trust few (businesses), love plane fewer, but donât fear doing wrong.â
8. Path Dependence: A Lesson for New Investors
I was going through a few of my periodical notes and came wideness this thought from Nassim Taleb who explained the concept of âpath dependence,â which is the dependence of outcomes on the path of previous outcomes, rather than simply on current conditions â
Ironing your shirts then putting them in the washing machine produces a variegated outcome from washing your shirts first, then ironing them. The reader can either trust me on this, or try the experiment with both sequences on the next Sunday afternoon. Now, seem that your wanted is virtually one million dollars and you are involved in speculation. Apply path dependence to the reasoning. Making a million dollars first, then losing it, is markedly variegated from losing a million dollars first then making it.
The first path (make-lose) leaves you intact; the second (lose) makes you bankrupt, insolvent, maimed, traumatized and increasingly often unable to stay in the game, thus unable to goody from the second part of the sequence. There is no make after the lose.
This note from Taleb reminded me of Warren Buffettâs âRule No. 1 â Never LOSE money.â
Consider a weak, fragile business. It is path-dependent. With stretched wastefulness sheet, large wanted requirement, and inadequate topics to suffer, a prolonged weakness in the economy can destroy it. It is then difficult for it to rise from that ruin. When you own such a business, you have to do a lot of praying to the economics gods. Such a merchantry starts from a âloseâ and now itâs difficult, scrutinizingly impossible, for it to âmakeâ when what it lost.
On the other hand, a robust and anti-fragile business, with wipe wastefulness sheet and low wanted requirement, which has built a topics to suffer over years, is not path dependent. It can survive a weak economy. Plane if the weakness persists, at worst, it may lose what it has once made, which is largest than starting with losing it all.
So, trammels out what you once own in your portfolio. Is it in the âmake, then loseâ category, or âlose, then lose everythingâ one?
Stick with the former. Discard the latter.
9. Embracing Simplicity in a Ramified World
10. 10 Qualities of Unconfined Investors
One of the first lessons I learned from my yoga teacher was that âyoga is not well-nigh rapid movements but long pauses. Slow down, wifely down, donât hurry, and trust the process.â
The thing well-nigh yoga â or any exercise â is that there isnât a repletion zone. But if you have a sound process, and practice it diligently, over time it starts to work for you.
The act of investing your money, as I realize, isnât much variegated from practicing yoga. A superior process and greatness often go hand in hand in yoga, and moreover in investing. For serious investors, thus, itâs wise to learn to trust the process that generates winning investment results.
I came wideness one such time-tested process framework while reading Michael Mauboussinâs âReflections on the Ten Nature of Unconfined Investors.â Mauboussin is Throne of Consilient Research at Counterpoint Global, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, and tragedian of some wondrous books like The Success Equation and More Than You Know. He is a highly successful value investor, and thus the process he has laid out in his note is a unconfined help for any serious investor seeking a winning investment process.
Click here to read my thoughts on the ten nature Mauboussin has laid out in his note.
11. Stock Market Entertainment = Disaster
In investing, as you seek (entertainment), so shall you receive (disaster). Seek what’s good for your in the long run, not what makes you ‘feel’ good in the short run.
12. Investingâs Few Eternal Truths
In Howard Marksâs memo just without the dotcom thorax in 2000, which was titled â Weâre Not in 1999 Anymore, he laid lanugo here a few eternal truths of investing that have stood the test of time, and protract to do so.
I write well-nigh those truths in this post.
If you can practice these as part of your investment process â itâs not easy, you see â you can aim for some success over the long run.
13. Just Alimony Learning
I have lived with and suffered through several prejudices over the years, which were dispelled one without the other as I walked on my journey of lifelong learning.
Every time I started yoyo I know how the world was, the world showed me increasingly and increasingly ways in which I was wrong.
I learned that I was wrong well-nigh what things are.
I learned that I was wrong well-nigh how things work.
I learned that I was wrong well-nigh who people are.
I started my investing career yoyo â
- what Gordon Gekko said in the movie Wall Street, âI donât throw darts at a board. I bet on sure things.â
- that greed was indeed good,
- that stocks were blips on the ticker,
- that the only thing that could help me succeed as an investor was my skill in stock picking, and
- that making money from stocks required me to just be rational in my analysis.
These prejudices were gradually removed as I read and learned from Graham, Buffett, Munger, Fisher, Taleb, etc. â
- that there are no certainties in investing, only uncertainties,
- that greed is not good for an investor, and so are fear and envy,
- that stocks were representative of businesses and that to do well, I must think and act like a merchantry owner,
- that investing is largely a game of luck, and that skill shines through only in the long run, and
- that making money from stocks required much increasingly than rational wringer and a unconfined tenancy on my emotions and behaviour.
After 20 years of stuff an investor and learner, I still have my prejudices and protract to squint at the world with my own tinted glasses. And I am sure that will protract till I have my thinking faculties working intact (for itâs our prejudices that make us humans).
But as I protract my learning journey and alimony unburdening myself with parts of my ego and veiling spots, I moreover believe that I may see a greater light coming from the end of the tunnel of my ignorance.
I may get less prejudiced, I believe.
My life and thinking may get better, I believe.
And if you are like me, I believe the same for you too.
Just alimony learning.
14. What Nobody Told You About Financial Freedom
I recently read Matt Haigâs typesetting Reasons to Stay Alive. Here is an excerpt, which instantly touched a chord â
“The world is increasingly designed to depress us. Happiness isnât very good for the economy. If we were happy with what we had, why would we need more? How do you sell an anti-ageing moisturiser? You make someone worry well-nigh ageing. How do you get people to vote for a political party? You make them worry well-nigh immigration. How do you get them to buy insurance? By making them worry well-nigh everything. How do you get them to have plastic surgery? By highlighting their physical flaws. How do you get them to watch a TV show? By making them worry well-nigh missing out. How do you get them to buy a new smartphone? By making them finger like they are stuff left behind. To be wifely becomes a kind of revolutionary act. To be happy with your own non-upgraded existence. To be well-appointed with our messy, human selves, would not be good for business.”
Investing is not yonder from the reality Haig has talked well-nigh in his book. The things we hear or read in merchantry media, or what we hear most advisors and experts speak, are designed to depress us. Happiness (of their customers and prospects) is not very good for relationship managers peddling their toxic financial products.
We are sold insurance policies, bilateral funds, and stock ideas as if our lives depended on them. And that if we do not buy those products, we would end up in a bad financial situation and despair, plane as our friends and all those friends we know on Twitter and Facebook would get rich.
People are led to make financial plans for 20-30 years ahead, while not many are taught to deal in the present with the behavioral aspects of taking superintendency of their money, like simplicity, frugality, and patience.
Financial self-rule remains a subject tied only to money and not to the peace that no value of money or wealth would get us, but which is a subject matter of the understanding within, of course, withal with unbearable money.
The fact is that the increasingly we think that a lot of money is what we need to live happily, and the increasingly we socialize money with most things in life, the increasingly we convince ourselves that we are too poor to buy our freedom.
But this is what the world is increasingly designed to do to us â unchangingly create that fear, urge, and urgency to go for more, plane when we have increasingly than enough.
However, like Haig adds to the whilom note â “Yet we have no other world to live in. And actually, when we really squint closely, the world of stuff and razzmatazz is not really life. Life is the other stuff. Life is what is left when you take all that crap away, or at least ignore it for a while.”
Practice this in investing too, and you will be at unconfined peace always. Take all that crap yonder â unwanted noise, advice, and financial products â and stick with what is the yellowish minimum, including the idea of having unbearable money and thatâs it.
You will not then have to wait for your financial self-rule in the future, for the worry well-nigh having a lot of money will disappear right away, and you will start feeling grateful for what you have right now â unobjectionable food, unscratched shelter, and the visitor of your loved ones.
That world wonât depress you, believe me.
15. How âWealthyâ Are You?
16. Life’s Most Important Decision
âThe biggest visualization of your life will be who you segregate to marry,â said Warren Buffett in a documentary. âThere have been two turning points in my life,â he added, âOne when I came out of the womb and one when I met Susie. What happened with me would not have happened without her.â
He addressed the topic during a 2017 conversation with Bill Gates at Columbia University, too â
You want to socialize with people who are the kind of person youâd like to be. Youâll move in that direction. And the most important person by far in that respect is your spouse. I canât overemphasize how important that is.
After spending 20 years with Vidhi, I too canât overemphasize how lucky Iâve been having her as my partner for life. She has been my pillar of strength all these years, and the main reason that I am where I am and who I am today. And whenever I have hit bumps withal the road, she has helped me get through.
So how big and overwhelming a deal is to pick the right spouse? Tim Urban writes in his blog Wait But Why â
âŠstart by subtracting your age from 90. If you live a long life, that is well-nigh the number of years you are going to spend with your current or future life partner, requite or take a fewâŠAnd when you segregate a life partner, you are choosing a lot of things, including your parenting partner, someone who will tightly influence your children, your eating companion for well-nigh 20,000 meals, your travel companion for well-nigh 100 vacations, your primary leisure time and retirement friend, your career therapist, and someone whose day you will hear well-nigh 18,000 times.
As a culture, we spend hours upon hours developing wonk knowledge, towers physical fitness, deciding where to go to higher or learning well-nigh managing our money well. But we spend little time, if any, finding out how to make the most important visualization of our lives. Considering that is what it is.
Your nomination of life partner will stupefy the quality of your life much increasingly than where you go to college, what you do for a living or where you make your home. Choosing a good spouse is by far the most important thing in life to get right.
And the weightier way to get a good spouse, Charlie Munger advises, âis to deserve a good spouse.â
17. How to Recover from Reverses in Life and Investing
When a shareholder asked him in the 2013 AGM of Daily Periodical Corp how does one recover from the reverses in investing and not dwell much on them, Charlie Munger replied â
You know what Rudyard Kipling said? Treat those two imposters just the same success and failure. Of course, thereâs going to be some failure in making the correct decisions. Nobody bats a thousand. I think itâs important to review your past stupidities so you are less likely to repeat them, but Iâm not gnashing my teeth over it or suffering or rememberable it. I regard it as perfectly normal to goof and make bad decisions. I think the tragedy in life is to be so timid that you donât play nonflexible unbearable so you have some reverses.
If there is one big lesson we can take from Charlieâs life, untied from the one on stuff a learning machine, it is that we must pick ourselves up without every meltdown we suffer (in investing included). We must moreover know that all our struggles and all our failures will lead us to wits something greater and lead us to be someone better.
Then letâs uncork all over again. And find the valiance to stand up, and squatter today with just as much hope as we had yesterday.
18. Translating to a Young Adult
Here’s something I well-considered a higher student recently, who was ruing not knowing where she was headed in life, plane as she thought all her friends were sure well-nigh where they were headed –
1/ Life is an unpredictable journey, and sometimes, not knowing where you are going is fine.
2/ Embracing the unknown allows us to be increasingly unshut to spontaneity. When we don’t have a rigid plan, we can say “yes” to unexpected adventures, meet new people, and stumble upon incredible experiences that we wouldn’t have predictable otherwise.
3/ Not knowing where you’re going can moreover reduce the pressure to meet unrepealable expectations, expressly other people’s. You’re not unseat by a predefined path, so you have the self-rule to explore your passions, try new things, and find what truly makes you happy.
4/ Uncertainty fosters creativity. When you’re not locked into a specific goal, you’re self-ruling to experiment, take risks, and think outside the box. Some of the world’s most innovative ideas come from the uncharted territory of the unknown.
5/ It’s in the moments of uncertainty that we often discover our true resilience. When life doesn’t go as planned, we learn to adapt, problem-solve, and grow stronger. Each rencontre becomes an opportunity for personal growth.
6/ Remember that not knowing where you’re going doesn’t midpoint you lack direction. It ways you’re unshut to the infinite possibilities life has to offer. Sometimes, the weightier destinations are the ones you didn’t plane know existed.
7/ So, the next time you find yourself in a period of uncertainty, embrace it. Embrace the unknown with an unshut heart and unshut mind. It might just lead you to a path filled with unexpected eyeful and joy.
8/ While having goals and plans is important, there’s a unique kind of magic in not knowing where you are going. It’s a reminder that life is an adventure, and sometimes, the most trappy destinations are found withal the way.
9/ Remember, life’s journey is as much well-nigh the destination as it is well-nigh the unexpected detours withal the way. Embrace the kicks of uncertainty, and let it guide you to new horizons.
19. The Joy of Walking Away
Recognizing when to walk yonder from the unvarying pursuit of success and recognition, plane when you have the ways to sustain your lifestyle, is a reflection of a deeper understanding of what truly matters in life.
It is not just well-nigh having the ways to do so, but moreover well-nigh choosing a life that is in harmony with your pure self, regardless of your financial status.
And, by the way, âwalking awayâ is not unchangingly well-nigh a well-constructed exit from the larger game you are playing.
Like, you can walk yonder from an investment opportunity that you believe may forfeit you sleepless nights â maybe, an expensive stock, or a questionable merchantry â and still remain in the investing game.
Or you can walk yonder from a merchantry deal that does not match up to your levels of integrity, and still remain in that business.
Itâs all well-nigh the choices we make in life, that determine the paths our lives will take. And then, itâs all well-nigh standing with those choices if we protract to believe in them, instead of worrying well-nigh what the outcomes may be.
Walking yonder is not a surrender or a resignation but a conscious nomination to reevaluate oneâs priorities and regain the wastefulness between yearing and the intrinsic values of love, health, and inner peace.
It is an wisecrack that the pursuit of external markers of success should never eclipse the fundamental facets of our existence â our immuration with family, our physical and mental health, and our overall well-being.
And the weightier part? When you learn to walk yonder from things you think may skiver you â financially, mentally, otherwise â you moreover survive to play the long-term game, in investing or in life. And survival, as we understand, is the only path to true success and happiness.
20. Kind > Clever
Jeff Bezos is known for his remarkable journey from a garage startup to towers one of the worldâs most influential companies in Amazon. But whatâs truly remarkable is this one lesson he learned withal the way: which is well-nigh the power of kindness over stuff clever.
Hereâs that story verbatim that Jeff first told graduates at Princeton University in 2010 â
My grandfather was driving. And my grandmother had the passenger seat. She smoked throughout these trips, and I hated the smell. At that age, Iâd take any excuse to make estimates and do minor arithmetic. I decided to do the math for my grandmother. I unscientific the number of cigarettes per days, unscientific the number of puffs per cigarette and so on. When I was satisfied that Iâd come up with a reasonable number, I poked my throne into the front of the car, tapped my grandmother on the shoulder, and proudly proclaimed, âAt two minutes per puff, youâve taken nine years off your life!â
I have a vivid memory of what happened, and it was not what I expected. I expected to be applauded for my cleverness and arithmetic skills. Instead, my grandmother splash into tears. I sat in the backseat and did not know what to do. While my grandmother sat crying, my grandfather, who had been driving in silence, pulled over onto the shoulder of the highway. He got out of the car and came virtually and opened my door and waited for me to follow.
My grandfather looked at me, and without a bit of silence, he gently and uncomplicatedly said, âJeff, one day youâll understand that itâs harder to be kind than clever.â
Think well-nigh the people you really revere the most in life. Maybe your teacher, or a friend, or your superabound or mentor, or somepne else. Theyâre probably smart and accomplished, but what truly sets them untied is their kindness. Plane when itâs hard, they segregate kindness.
Now, cleverness, which is often associated with intelligence and wit, is undoubtedly valuable. It allows us to solve problems, navigate ramified situations, and unzip our goals. We all revere clever individuals who can find ingenious solutions to challenges. But what well-nigh kindness? It is often overlooked in comparison to cleverness, yet kindness can create connections, build trust, and make the world a largest place. It has the power to mend relationships, inspire change, and foster a sense of belonging. Kindness isnât just well-nigh stuff nice; itâs well-nigh understanding, showing respect, and providing support when itâs needed most.
Jeffâs story teaches us that while cleverness is a valuable gift, kindness is a nomination that we can make every day. And itâs often the nomination of kindness that leaves a lasting impact on peopleâs lives.
So the question is â how can we segregate kindness over cleverness in our daily lives? Well, itâs as simple as offering a helping hand, listening intently to someone in need, or showing empathy and understanding when someone makes a mistake.
Kindness builds bridges, fosters connections, and leaves a lasting impact on the lives of others. Itâs a nomination we can make every day, regardless of our circumstances or abilities. So, remember, itâs not just well-nigh how clever we are; itâs well-nigh how kind we segregate to be. In a world that can sometimes seem unprepossessed and challenging, letâs warm it up with the nomination of kindness. Itâs a nomination that can transpiration the world, one act at a time.
21. The Vision See What the Mind Knows
I met a good friend recently who, while sharing some of his lessons from his readings of the Bhagavad Gita, left me with a phrase that has not left my mind overly since. This phrase was â âThe vision see what the mind knows.â I had heard this phrase earlier, but in the busy-ness of life, never got lanugo to reflect on its underlying meaning, which I did without I heard it then from my friend.
And the increasingly I have thought well-nigh it, the increasingly I realize that it is packed with deep philosophical perspectives.
First things first, what does this thought plane mean, that the vision see what the mind knows? Now, as little as I understand, it suggests that our perception of the world virtually us is heavily influenced by our preconceived ideas, our preexisting beliefs, and experiences. In essence, our minds shape the way we see and interpret reality. In fact, our perception is not a uncontrived window to reality but rather a ramified filtering process.
Think well-nigh it this way â have you overly looked at the same thing as someone else and seen something entirely different? I am sure you have. Thatâs the mindâs influence on what your vision perceive.
Letâs quickly explore some philosophical perspectives, including insights from spirituality. In the Bhagavad Gita, Bhagwaan Krishna while imparting wisdom to Arjuna, emphasizes the role of the mind in shaping our perception. Krishna highlights that the mind can be our greatest friend or our worst enemy, influencing how we perceive the world. He suggests that we need to tenancy the mind to truly see and understand the world as it is.
In Indian spirituality, thereâs moreover the concept of âMaya,â which suggests that the material world we perceive is an illusion created by the mind. Itâs like a magicianâs trick, captivating us with its illusions. Maya challenges us to transcend the limitations of our conditioned mind and see the underlying unity of all existence. Itâs an invitation to explore the deeper layers of reality vastitude the superficial appearances.
But hereâs the kicker: our minds arenât unchangingly accurate. Theyâre influenced by biases, prejudices, and personal experiences. These biases can deject our judgment and lead us to see what we want or expect to see, rather than whatâs unquestionably there.
So, where does this leave us? Should we distrust our perceptions entirely? I think, not necessarily. The key is to be enlightened of our biases, unclose the limitations of our perception, and strive to expand our horizons. This ways stuff unshut to variegated perspectives, challenging our own beliefs, and continuously learning.
From a practical standpoint, I think this concept has relevance in everyday life. Itâs well-nigh practicing empathy, lamister snap judgments, and urgently seeking to understand othersâ points of view. Remember, the eye sees what the mind knows, but the mind can unchangingly learn and grow.
Anyways, if there is one thing you can take yonder from what I shared with you today, it is this â the idea that your vision see what your mind knows is a powerful concept that should encourage you to question your perceptions and engage in a lifelong journey of self-improvement and self-awareness. Your mind is incredibly influential in shaping the world you see, but by embracing a increasingly unshut and objective mindset, you can truly broaden your horizons and foster a deeper connection with the world virtually you.
22. The Pursuit of Knowledge and Freedom
In our fast-paced world, weâre constantly bombarded with information, from social media to news to educational content, including content like the one you are consuming now. But have you overly stopped to ask this question â what is the true purpose of knowledge? Well, equal to the warmed-over Indian spiritual text Vishnu Purana, itâs quite clear: real knowledge is the one that helps us attain freedom.
Letâs think well-nigh this for a moment. We spend so much time stook facts and data, but are they making us truly free? Are they helping us unravel self-ruling from the anxieties, worries, and limitations that often pinpoint our lives? I think real knowledge should do just that â and that is liberate us from the shackles of our own minds.
And not just this idea from Vishnu Purana, letâs bring in a modern perspective. Charlie Munger once said, âIn my whole life, I have known no wise people who didnât read all the time, none. Zero.â Now, Munger emphasized the importance of continuous learning and reading, but for what purpose? The wordplay I think is â to enhance our decision-making skills and ultimately, to lead a largest life.
The Vishnu Purana defines real knowledge as that which liberates us. But what does it midpoint to be free? In this context, self-rule isnât just well-nigh physical or political freedom. Itâs well-nigh self-rule from the limitations of our mind, ego, and desires. Itâs well-nigh transcending the trundling of suffering and finding inner peace.
Imagine a life where youâre not constantly chasing without the next victory or possession, where youâre not controlled by your desires and fears. This is the kind of self-rule the text speaks of. Itâs well-nigh realizing that true liberation comes from understanding the nature of our own minds and emotions.
The wisest of the wise have told us that the unvarying pursuit of worldly knowledge, which doesnât lead to spiritual freedom, is mere amusement. So, this should lead us to reflect for a moment. Many of us ventilator without knowledge for various reasons â career, social status, or simply to satisfy our curiosity. But if it doesnât lead to inner freedom, is it truly valuable?
Munger moreover stresses the importance of multidisciplinary thinking. He believes that gathering knowledge from various fields, from psychology to economics to physics, equips us with mental models that can help us make largest decisions. This, in a way, aligns with the idea that knowledge should lead to self-rule by enabling us to navigate lifeâs challenges increasingly effectively.
And going when to the Vishnu Purana, it suggests that too often, we get unprotected up in the pursuit of material gains, stook possessions, and seeking external validation. We may excel in our fields, but if weâre not growing spiritually, are we truly progressing?
In a world that often measures success by wealth, status, and possessions, itâs easy to lose sight of what truly matters. But you can treat this message as a reminder that materialism vacated wonât bring us real happiness or freedom. Itâs a temporary fix that doesnât write the deeper longing within us.
Now, I am not recommending that we should discard all worldly knowledge. In fact, far from that. Such knowledge is essential for our daily lives, and it can plane be a ways to attain spiritual wisdom. But the real knowledge, as emphasized in the Vishnu Purana and moreover by wise people, is the knowledge of the self and the understanding of our interconnectedness with the universe.
Think of spiritual knowledge as the compass that guides us through the maze of worldly pursuits. It helps us see vastitude the surface and recognize the deeper meaning of our existence. Itâs well-nigh understanding that weâre not isolated individuals but part of a greater cosmic tapestry.
Now the question is â how do you attain this knowledge that leads to freedom? I think itâs a journey that involves self-reflection, meditation, and seeking the guidance of good teachers that can lead us to that path. And this path isnât unchangingly easy. It requires us to squint within, confront our fears and attachments, and let go of the egoâs grip on our lives. Itâs a journey of self-discovery that can be both challenging and immensely rewarding. But the destination is true freedom, a state of inner peace and contentment.
Itâs not well-nigh renouncing the world or escaping from our responsibilities. Itâs well-nigh infusing our everyday lives with mindfulness and awareness. When we strike this balance, we wilt increasingly grounded and resilient, worldly-wise to navigate lifeâs challenges with grace.
In conclusion, the Vishnu Purana and the insights thinkers like Charlie Munger offer us a profound understanding of the nature of knowledge and its ultimate purpose. Real knowledge is the one that leads us to freedom, both from external limitations and inner turmoil. So, as we protract our pursuit of knowledge in this modern age, letâs remember to seek wisdom that brings us true liberation.
23. What Do You Know?
âI know that I know nothing.â – Socrates
I recently read this trappy couplet from Sant Kabir â
à€à€Ź à€źà„à€ à€„à€Ÿ à€€à€Ź à€čà€°à„ à€šà€čà„à€, à€ à€Ź à€čà€°à„ à€čà„ à€źà„à€ à€šà€Ÿà€čà„,
à€žà€Ź à€ à€à€§à€żà€Żà€Ÿà€°à€Ÿ à€źà€żà€ à€à€Żà€Ÿ, à€Šà„à€Șà€ à€Šà„à€à€Ÿ à€źà€Ÿà€čà„ |
Translated, it ways that when I was immersed in my ego and arrogance, I could not see God (the supreme power). But when I illuminated the lamp of knowledge within myself, all darkness of ignorance vanished, ego went away, and I found God in the light of knowledge.
As we finish with 2023 and enter 2024, if there is anything I wish for you today, this is it.
May you illuminate within yourself â and virtually you â the lamp of knowledge so that the darkness of ignorance vanishes, ego and swellheadedness goes away, and you find God in that light of knowledge.
May you find peace surrounded the noise all virtually by lighting your own âinner lightâ and using it as your guide to wilt increasingly sensible, smarter, and self-sustaining in your visualization making â in life and investing.
In the new year, may you light the lamp of love, abundance, compassion, and knowledge in your heart, to serve yourself, to serve others, and to dispel any darkness virtually you.
There is no largest long-term compounding than when you invest in yourself and those virtually you.
I am sure you are once on that journey. But if you are just starting out, you know where to begin. And now is a unconfined time to start.
Iâm so grateful to have you share this journey with me in 2023, and squint forward to standing our connection in 2024, whatever it may bring.
Stay happy and healthy.