Take it from a former investor: you are your best investment. After Princeton, Harvard Business School, and years investing, I felt like I’d reached the pinnacle of finance. I’d started in investment banking mergers & acquisitions, gotten recruited for one of the most competitive roles at top private equity firm the Carlyle Group, and then landed my dream job at an activist hedge fund.
Working at a hedge fund, my role was to do a vast amount of research and analysis to find the needle in the haystack. This required a systematic approach and investment decision based on data, deep thought, and concrete evidence.
Psychologically, I also had to weather the ups and downs of the markets. Many people talk about the quantitative rigor of the job; few understand the mental aspect. Personally, I loved the accountability at a hedge fund: at the end of the day, you know whether your picks are making or losing money, and you’re the only one to congratulate or blame. But, this can be hard for many people. That level of scrutiny, self-doubt in the face of a decline, can make many professionals fail to follow even the old adage of Warren Buffett: “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.”
So, I began to turn my interest to the psychology of investing, and how I could apply them to other realms of life: careers, relationships? What strategies did we use to make better investment decisions? Why did we do post-mortems on our stock picks, but not on our bad decisions in everyday life?
When I studied the mental wellness space, I was frustrated to find that what’s popular today, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy, is less than 1% of the picture I identified. We needed a more holistic toolkit. When I studied the leadership and management space, I found expensive executive coaching and workshops that failed to create lasting change. We needed science-backed strategies that stick. Today, I apply a hedge fund mindset to the matters most important to our life, from love to leadership. Immense research has gone into what is now a copyrighted, comprehensive curriculum and proprietary, science-backed program. To help you manage your best investment: you.
In this practical, efficient guide, you’ll find science-backed problem-solving strategies on everything from decision-making to lasting relationships. One book, 50 science-backed strategies on how to think about everything from time management to conflict resolution.
Your mind is your greatest asset or value trap. Master it before it masters you.
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Take it from a former investor: You are your best investment.
After Princeton, Harvard Business School, and years of finance, I’ve been disappointed to see so many high achievers, myself included, put themselves last.
Personal problems affect professional performance. Without learning about and addressing root causes, dealing poorly with difficulties, from university through our first jobs and relationships, becomes a hard-to-fix habit. How much time could we save if we were excellent managers of our self-doubts, decisions, relationships? How much more effectively could we then manage others?
Self-awareness is one of the most important keys to success. Yet, society places an unfair onus on parents to teach children the emotional literacy many were never exposed to themselves.