I have been a loyal follower of the Fool for the last 15 years of my life, ever since I picked up my first volume by Tom and David Gardner: The Motley Fool Investment Guide. The moment changes everything for me! The Gardner brother’s witty insights into the arcane world of stock investing both molded the foundation for my investment mindset and fueled a passion in me for the pursuit of greater knowledge and dare I say investment excellence, not just the hopeful maximization of compounded returns (although that pursuit is not too shabby in and of itself!). It was also the Gardner brothers who turned me on to the Oracle of Omaha, none other than Warren Buffet. I view it as very easy and fortunate that I almost immediately fell in love with Mr. Buffet’s homespun wit and wisdom. Although often at a polar opposite to the maxim’s of Wall Street, Mr. Buffet’s ‘see things for as they are and tell it like it is’ style in my opinion should be incorporated into every serious investor’s education early in their careers.
My passion grew through college, and as I graduated in the wake of the dot com crash I joined the working world as a Financial Advisor. I loved stocks investing. I loved working with people; explaining the virtues of buy and hold value investing, the same investing I learned from Tom and David. But, ultimately, everyone's seeming reluctance to want to give me a try, or invest in fear of further market declines ( it's funny how our emotions can distort rationale decision making - it was hard to envision how many high quality stocks could actually become cheaper at that time!) foiled my plans.
So I regrouped and used my brokerage experience to become a full service rep for largely a mutual fund shop with a small brokerage arm. Over the yaers my passion grew as did my education and my experience.