What do we get, besides money, from investing?

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With the “negative” real interest rate which has been going on for as long as 15–20 years, we need to invest to retain the value of our money.

So everyone should and need to invest.

However, I would like to elaborate this need from another perspective, the perspective of personal growth.

Investing is one of the best learning platforms we could ever hope for.

Because the feedback is specific and direct. We know which transaction we did or did not do yielded what results.

Because the consequence is never blur and definitely felt, especially when we lose money.

There is a direct link between our capabilities and the outcome.

Before I go on and elaborate more on this point, I would like to direct your attention to how valuable this “direct link” is.

Just think about our jobs.

Is our reward directly linked to what we know, what we are capable of, and what we actually contributed?

I am sure there are jobs that do, but most of them do not.

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So in the field of investing, there is a direct link between our capabilities and the outcome.

What we do not know, what we cannot control ourselves on and what we cannot be decisive on will all reflect in the outcome, which is loss or gain of our investment and in turn our net worth and ability to live the lives we want.

Each of these shortcomings is like a hole in our pocket, through which we continuously lose our wealth.

So we cannot afford to stay still. We need to be running.

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So what are the capabilities and qualities we need to improve to achieve better outcomes?

There are so many! And we will need different subsets of them depending on our investment approach.

Here I would like to highlight three traps from my own experiences of investing.

Everyone is subject to the risks of falling into them and needs to build the abilities to avoid them.

Thinking back each of my decisions which proved to be wrong, one or more of these traps were present in the decision making.

As a result, I have experienced “bleeding” multiple times.

But at the same time, I must be thankful. It made me realize the shortcomings within me and that set the stage for further improvement.

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Investing is one of the few options we have to fight inflation and grow our wealth. So from that perspective, it is a necessary journey for us.

At the same time, it is also a challenging, interesting and possibly fruitful journey, not only to our wealth, but also to our personal growth.

Happy investing!



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