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Memoirs of a Minyan: Lessons Learned

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The purpose of the journey is the journey itself.

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If I were to sum up some of the things I've learned through the years, the list might look a bit like this:
  • All you have is your name and your word.

  • Honesty, trust and respect are the foundational constructs of any successful endeavor.

  • Time is the most precious commodity.

  • 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.

  • Be good to others and better to yourself.

  • A random act of kindness is a positive pebble that ripples through the proverbial pond of life.

  • Work to live; don't live to work.

  • Time is the arbiter of fate.

  • Free will is God's greatest gift.

  • Experience is a close second.

  • Opportunities are made up easier than losses.

  • Profitability begins within.

  • One hand washes the other.

  • Just because one yells doesn't make the message more important.

  • Where you stand is a function of where you sit.

  • Life is the cumulative sum of your decisions.

  • The only difference between genius and madness is acceptance.

  • The only difference between intervention and manipulation is communication.

  • The only difference between a lesson and a mistake is the ability to learn from it.

  • Negative energy is wasted energy.

  • Adapt; don't conform.

  • Take the high road; it's less crowded and has a better view.

  • Stay out of debt.

  • Be thankful for what you have rather than pine for what you don't.

  • Balance.

  • The definition of an investment should never be a trade gone awry.

  • To appreciate where we are, we must understand how we got here.

  • Drugs that mask symptoms aren't the same as medicine that cures the disease.

  • The opposite of love isn't hate; it's apathy.

  • The friction between opinions is where true education resides.

  • A dream is only as powerful as those who believe in it.

  • Money comes and goes.

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

  • Trading Gods have a vicious sense of humor.

  • Tomorrow is promised to nobody.

  • If you do the right thing long enough, someone will eventually take notice.

  • Good traders know how to make money; great traders know how to take a loss.

  • Seeing old friends is good for the soul.

  • Some of the wealthiest people I know don't have two dimes to rub together.

  • By the time you get to where you want to be, the journey will have already ended.

  • Emotion is the enemy when trading.

  • When in doubt, sit it out.

  • The only difference between being early and being wrong is if you're there to collect your chips.

  • Build a growth company by surrounding yourself with people who can themselves grow.

  • Tenacity, resolve and perseverance are the hallmarks of success.

  • Hope isn't a viable investment vehicle.

  • Stay humble or the market will do it for you.

  • Be careful with people who don't love pets.

  • The ability not to trade is as important as trading ability.

  • The Crash didn't cause The Great Depression; The Great Depression caused the crash.

  • Social mood and risk appetites shape financial markets.

  • The leaders coming out of a crisis are never the same as those that enter it.

  • The ability to add capacity into a downturn defines the winners on the other side.

  • Discipline trumps conviction.

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

  • Gratitude is latitude.

  • There's no shame in admitting it's hard; there's only shame in pretending it's not.

  • If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

  • Society is a sum of the parts.

  • View obstacles as opportunities.

  • The air of integrity gets thinner with age.

  • The meaning of life is a life of meaning.

  • Think positive!


One Step in Front of the Other...

We live in one of the most interesting junctures in world history, a period that will shape the pathway for generations to come. There are two ways to approach these challenging times. We can hide our heads in the sand and hope for the best or proactively prepare and do our part to affect a positive outcome.

No positions in stocks mentioned.

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 todd@minyanville.com.

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