here’s an old saying in the literary world that a man’s life is incomplete until he has tasted love, poverty and war.
Beginning with the latter, my closest brush came in January 1991. I was just graduating from the U.S. Army Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Georgia, when the bombs began raining down on Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. As it turned out, that conflict was so short-lived that I missed out on the war leg of the complete life.
As for poverty, well, although I come from a modest middle-class American family, I would hardly say that qualifies as “poverty” by global standards. And aside from some lean, post-college days working at the financial newspaper Investor’s Business Daily, I also would have to say that “poverty” mostly has eluded me.
When it comes to love, I think this is where I’ve more than made up for any deficit in the other two complete life components.
Love of family, friends, career, music, literature, philosophy, nature, fitness, sport, combat and, perhaps most of all, love of learning are the animating forces at the core of my being.
That love runs particularly deep when talking about the love I have for helping investors better understand — and better profit from — the financial markets.
In fact, you might say that this love is a form of war on poverty itself… the poverty of knowledge that keeps investors paralyzed into subpar performance.
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