I don’t like crowds.
The last thing I ever want to do is to conform to crowd behaviour.
That’s one goal defined.
What does this mean?
Very clearly, for starters, it means singing one’s own tune, i.e. defining one’s own path.
It also means not listening to anyone. That requires mental strength, and the power to resist. Very tough.
In life, generally, one likes to be in tandem with the Joneses. And then, smart cookies that we are, we like to go one up on the Joneses, which would be the cue for the Joneses to catch up and then overtake us. Hypothetically, this is how the Joneses and the Naths could blow up all their cash.
It doesn’t stop there. To keep up, the average citizen doesn’t think twice before leaping into debt.
Bottomline is, when cash is king, hardly anybody has cash. In fact, most people owe money at that time.
This is the age of black swans. Crisis after crisis, then a bit of recovery, then another crisis, then some recovery, followed by a mega-crisis.
When a master-blaster crisis ensues, cash becomes king. Quality stuff on the Street starts to sell so cheap, that one needs to pinch oneself to believe the selling prices. Margins of safety are unprecedented. Now’s the time one can salt away a part of one’s cash in Equity, for the long-term.
That’s if one has cash to spare. This is report card time. How have you done in your REAL investment exam? Have you learnt to sit on cash? Have you learnt to buy with margin of safety? The Street doesn’t care for your college degree, in fact, it vomits on your college degree. Your college degree has no value on the Street, it’s just a piece of paper.
Learning on the Street happens everyday, with every move, every investment, every trade, every observation. Unless and until your own money is on the line, this learning is ineffective.
Get real, wake up, so that when cash is king, you feel like an emperor!