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10 Legends & 10 Lessons


DISCLOSURE:IntroA Legendary Quote to Live ByConclusionDisclosure/Disclaimer


Do you know what legendary investors have in common?  Experience

And if you haven’t been able to beat the market in the past, it’s because you haven’t lived through enough market cycles. Luckily, you actually don’t have to. Hear me out.

Because our time on this earth is limited, you can’t afford to make all the mistakes. So why not hypercharge your knowledge by stacking other people’s lessons? Learning from others' mistakes is a critical tool to use in life. And studying with the intent of learning from the mistakes of legends is essentially genius.

A Legendary Quote to Live By

"A wise man learns from the mistakes of others; a fool learns only from his own." - Publilius Syrus

Before you jump and start scraping the web, here is a little gift for you. I have prepared a list of 10 Legends & 10 Lessons, which I seriously recommend you read through. You never know, it just might have a massive impact on your portfolio.

Let’s get right into it...

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Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

"Invest in what you understand. Stick to your circle of competence." Buffett's disciplined approach focuses on investing in businesses he understands well, such as Coca-Cola, which has yielded long-term success. Learn more in our Think Like Warren Buffett write-up.

Benjamin Graham

"Buy when others are fearful and sell when others are greedy." Graham's value investing philosophy led him to thrive during the Great Depression, as he found opportunities when market sentiment was low and sold when the market became overvalued.

Peter Lynch

"Invest in what you know and see potential in everyday life." Lynch's approach involved identifying investment opportunities based on personal experience and observation, like his successful investment in Dunkin' Donuts. According to CNBC, Lynch earned an annualized return of 29.2% while managing Fidelity's Magellan Fund from 1977 to 1990.

John Bogle

"Invest in low-cost index funds for long-term wealth accumulation." Bogle revolutionized investing by introducing index funds, advocating for low-cost, diversified portfolios, and allowing investors to capture market returns over time.

George Soros

"Invest based on macroeconomic trends and be ready to adapt quickly." Soros' success stems from his ability to identify global macroeconomic trends and adjust his investments accordingly, exemplified by his profitable bet against the British pound during the 1992 Black Wednesday crisis.

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Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio

"Diversify your investments across asset classes to reduce risk." Dalio's principle of diversification involves spreading investments across different asset classes, such as stocks, bonds, and commodities, to mitigate risk and achieve long-term growth.

Bill Gates (Foundation)

"Leverage wealth to make a positive impact on society." Gates' philanthropic efforts through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation demonstrate the power of utilizing wealth to address global challenges, focusing on initiatives like healthcare, education, and poverty alleviation.

Carl Icahn

"Identify undervalued companies and advocate for change to unlock shareholder value." Icahn's activist investing approach involves acquiring stakes in companies and driving strategic changes to enhance shareholder returns, exemplified by his involvement with companies like Apple and Dell.

Peter Thiel

"Invest in disruptive, innovative companies with transformative potential." Thiel's philosophy centers on identifying startups that can revolutionize industries, as seen in his early investment in Facebook, recognizing its potential for social and technological disruption.

Charlie Munger

"Cultivate a multidisciplinary mindset and learn from different fields to make better investment decisions." Munger's emphasis on mental models and expanding knowledge beyond finance has helped him and Warren Buffett make well-informed investment choices, incorporating insights from psychology, history, and other disciplines.


As we delve into the lessons imparted by these legendary investors, it becomes clear that successful investing goes beyond mere numbers and transactions. 

It requires discipline, patience, and the ability to learn from both successes and failures.

So, let me ask you this.  Are you ready to learn?


The information provided on this site is based on my own personal experience, research, and analysis, and it is not to be construed as professional advice. Please conduct your own research before making any investment decisions.  I am not a professional financial advisor, stockbroker, or planner, nor am I a CPA or a CFP. The contents of this site and the resources provided are for informational and entertainment purposes only and do not constitute financial, accounting, or legal advice. The author is not liable for any losses or damages related to actions or failure to act related to the content on this website.

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