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Things I've Learned


Life is made up of important lessons.


The carnage of 2008 forever changed the socioeconomic landscape and seismically shifted the collective perception of what we do, how we do it and who we do it with.

As we look back at the year that was and cast an eye towards what will be, a little perspective will most certainly go a long way. Herewith are some personal lessons learned, some of which relate to the market but most of which apply to life.

  • All you have is your name and your word.

  • Emotion is the enemy when trading.

  • The only difference between genius and madness is acceptance.

  • Adapt but don't conform.

  • The reaction to news is more important than the news itself.

  • Time is the most precious commodity.

  • Opportunities are made up easier than losses.

  • The purpose of the journey is the journey itself.

  • What goes around comes around.

  • The greatest wisdom is bred as a function of pain.

  • Bad times define good friends just as bad seasons define good fans.

  • There is a massive difference between having fun and being happy.

  • Be good to others and better to yourself.

  • Work to live. Don't live to work.

  • Profitability begins within.

  • Gratitude is latitude.

  • Seeing old friends is good for the soul.

  • When in doubt, sit it out.

  • Time is the arbiter of all fate.

  • The air of integrity gets thinner with age.
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Todd Harrison is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Minyanville. Prior to his current role, Mr. Harrison was President and head trader at a $400 million dollar New York-based hedge fund. Todd welcomes your comments and/or feedback at

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