Investing is an art - "You have to be pretty good at a lot of things because you're only as good as your weakest link and your blind spot."
10:00 Qualities Required
Curiosity, grit, common sense.
"You rise to your level of complacency."
People create their own limiting factors. They underestimate how far they can push themselves - it's mental. Improving even a little every day goes a long way.
18:00 Simple, not easy
Life and investing is simple but not easy. As long as your north star is aligned, the long-term is simpler.
"How do I protect my downside and take a shot at the upside?"
In the stocks we seek, we're looking for downside protection in earning power and/or asset value, while retaining as much upside as possible (via strong earnings accruals, low-cost/efficient growth, etc.).
35:00 Short selling pros and cons
Can get burnt selling short; and you'd have to be more correct than if you're long.
Buffett said it best: "If you have enough ideas on the long side, you don't need to short."
45:30 Running own investment firm
Poring through securitization documents to identify the tranche that was going to get blown through (the "fulcrum" class). Figure out the puzzle.
Focus on the process, the rest falls into place.
56:00 Doing what you love
It's hard to compete with someone who loves what they do.
1:07:45 Investing with Buffett
Think through relative competitive strengths, consider various scenarios, evaluate upside/downside, and be intellectually honest.
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