Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Passing The Mirror Test

I just finished "One Up On Wall Street" by Peter Lynch, the legendary fund manager of Fidelity Magellan. The chapter 4 in the book is called "Passing The Mirror Test". In short, you should answer:

1) Do I Own A House? (A: Yes)
2) Do I Need The Money? (A: No)
3) Do I Have The Personal Qualities It Takes To Succeed? (A: Yes)

For questions 1 and 2 the answer is easy as they are objective. The third one is tricky as probably anyone investing already will say yes :-)

The qualities related to success as an investor according to Lynch:
  • patience
  • self-reliance
  • common sense
  • a tolerance for pain
  • open-mindedness
  • detachment
  • persistence
  • humility
  • flexibility
  • willingness to do independent research
  • willingness to admit mistakes
  • ability to ignore general panic
And on top: "In terms of IQ, probably the best investors fall somewhere above bottom 10%, but also below top 3%".

Still say Yes to the third one? I say "Maybe, hope so"..

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