The question I am often asked

People often ask me for investment advice.  I don’t respond, because I am completely unqualified to respond.  I can give my opnions, but giving advice would be malpractice.  I consulted for Wall Street execs in the past, but my competence was unrelated to investing.

0D97A976-0FD9-446B-9D52-368E4D62200EThe problem: people desperately want experts to tell them what to do.  So we grasp at any hint of authority.  Have you visited Hawaii?  You can teach me about Polynesian cultural nuances.  Have you built toy houses with Lego blocks?  You’re my new construction contractor.

I’m not sure anyone is qualified to give specific investment advice.  But we ask anyway.   We want to shift the blame to someone else when we make mistakes.  This derives from . . .

. . . fear of risk.

. . . fear of responsibility.

. . . fear of error embarrassment.

That is a lot of responsibility to dump on someone.  The first time someone sought my advice I was flattered, because I was young.  Now I am wary.

We take child-raising tips from people who don’t like children, relationship advice from bloggers without any life experience, and college advice from college recruiters.

You can teach yourself to be successful.  You don’t need to shift the responsibility to others.

:::   Be fierce.  Be kind.  Be knowledge-hungry.   :::


Published by Brock Stout, PhD

Brock has helped many people to be extremely successful. He has lived in various countries and has enjoyed several careers, but is now a writer and a career coach. He sustained mild lead poisoning as a child, resulting in neurological damage. The result was a life of learning disabilities, always struggling to keep up. But he completed two degrees from competitive universities, then advised Wall Street executives in Asia for 15 years. He later earned a PhD and worked as a university professor for six years. He has started three profitable companies in between. So he particularly wants to help those with special learning challenges. Because so many of us now have these special challenges, they are no longer special. But they are challenges. He wants you to TEACH YOURSELF how to be successful.

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