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WB did not do well when he started investing. He was lucky to have met Ben Graham who agree to mentor him. And he was even luckier to have met Charlie who shared with him to focus on growth stocks.
i think he also said something like if he was born in some ulu backward place, that's it.
If only you were born a prince of "Royal Blood" or Superman Li's sons, is it going to make a lot of difference?
But what's happiness for you and me?
(02-05-2014, 06:03 AM)Temperament Wrote: [ -> ]i think he also said something like if he was born in some ulu backward place?
But what's happiness for you and me?
1. WB born in ulu place?
He will be eaten alive. Smile

2. Happiness for you and me?

Do the right things, and
Do things right.

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Buffett calls it the ovarian lottery:
"Imagine there are two identical twins in the womb, both equally bright and energetic. And the genie says to them, “One of you is going to be born in the United States, and one of you is going to be born in Bangladesh. And if you wind up in Bangladesh, you will pay no taxes. What percentage of your income would you bid to be the one that is born in the United States?” It says something about the fact that society has something to do with your fate and not just your innate qualities. The people who say, “I did it all myself,” and think of themselves as Horatio Alger – believe me, they’d bid more to be in the United States than in Bangladesh. "

IMHO being mainly a centrist person it is natural that I believe it is half "luck" half skill. Like the ovarian lottery, you must be born right place right time. If we are born in other countries we could have been construction workers or maids, instead of discussing how to invest. It has nothing to do with abilities when you are not given the opportunity.

But on the other hand, Singaporeans with wealth of resources and opportunities may not be able to Carpe Diem. Without the enthusiasm or skills, opportunities are useless as well.
(02-05-2014, 12:26 PM)specuvestor Wrote: [ -> ]Buffett calls it the ovarian lottery

Thanks specuvestor.
You're right.
hear directly from the man himself:

It started with WB saying:
"I'm extra-ordinary Lucky."

Watch somewhere in the middle, WB repeatedly says, I'm lucky, lucky with my parents, I'm extremely lucky. etc

Have a laugh! Smile

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