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What happens when a young Wall Street investment banker spends a small fortune to have lunch with Warren Buffett? He becomes a real value investor. In this fascinating inside story, Guy Spier details his career from Harvard MBA to hedge fund manager. But the path was not so straightforward. Spier reveals his transformation from a Gordon Gekko wannabe, driven by greed, to a What happens when a young Wall Street investment banker spends a small fortune to have lunch with Warren Buffett? He becomes a real value investor. In this fascinating inside story, Guy Spier details his career from Harvard MBA to hedge fund manager. But the path was not so straightforward. Spier reveals his transformation from a Gordon Gekko wannabe, driven by greed, to a sophisticated investor who enjoys success without selling his soul to the highest bidder. Spier's journey is similar to the thousands that flock to Wall Street every year with their shiny new diplomas, aiming to be King of Wall Street. Yet what Guy realized just in the nick of time was that the King really lived 1,500 miles away in Omaha, Nebraska. Spier determinedly set out to create a new career in his own way. Along the way he learned some powerful lessons which include: why the right mentors and partners are critical to long term success on Wall Street; why a topnotch education can sometimes get in the way of your success; that real learning doesn't begin until you are on your own; and how the best lessons from Warren Buffett have less to do with investing and more to do with being true to yourself. Spier also reveals some of his own winning investment strategies, detailing deals that were winners but also what he learned from deals that went south. Part memoir, part Wall Street advice, and part how-to, Guy Spier takes readers on a ride through Wall Street but more importantly provides those that want to take a different path with the insight, guidance, and inspiration they need to carve out their own definition of success.


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What happens when a young Wall Street investment banker spends a small fortune to have lunch with Warren Buffett? He becomes a real value investor. In this fascinating inside story, Guy Spier details his career from Harvard MBA to hedge fund manager. But the path was not so straightforward. Spier reveals his transformation from a Gordon Gekko wannabe, driven by greed, to a What happens when a young Wall Street investment banker spends a small fortune to have lunch with Warren Buffett? He becomes a real value investor. In this fascinating inside story, Guy Spier details his career from Harvard MBA to hedge fund manager. But the path was not so straightforward. Spier reveals his transformation from a Gordon Gekko wannabe, driven by greed, to a sophisticated investor who enjoys success without selling his soul to the highest bidder. Spier's journey is similar to the thousands that flock to Wall Street every year with their shiny new diplomas, aiming to be King of Wall Street. Yet what Guy realized just in the nick of time was that the King really lived 1,500 miles away in Omaha, Nebraska. Spier determinedly set out to create a new career in his own way. Along the way he learned some powerful lessons which include: why the right mentors and partners are critical to long term success on Wall Street; why a topnotch education can sometimes get in the way of your success; that real learning doesn't begin until you are on your own; and how the best lessons from Warren Buffett have less to do with investing and more to do with being true to yourself. Spier also reveals some of his own winning investment strategies, detailing deals that were winners but also what he learned from deals that went south. Part memoir, part Wall Street advice, and part how-to, Guy Spier takes readers on a ride through Wall Street but more importantly provides those that want to take a different path with the insight, guidance, and inspiration they need to carve out their own definition of success.

30 review for The Education of a Value Investor: My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom, and Enlightenment

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steve Bradshaw

    I will definitely read this book again, slowly, considering all the life changes I want to make. This is the most honest and open account of an investor coming of age I have come across. It deals directly with a lot of the in-the-weeds difficulties of staying disciplined, setting up the factors that will prevent known psychological traps and investing boldly as a contrarian. Spier has an extremely insightful perspective on what has led to Buffett's investing prowess. In moulding himself after I will definitely read this book again, slowly, considering all the life changes I want to make. This is the most honest and open account of an investor coming of age I have come across. It deals directly with a lot of the in-the-weeds difficulties of staying disciplined, setting up the factors that will prevent known psychological traps and investing boldly as a contrarian. Spier has an extremely insightful perspective on what has led to Buffett's investing prowess. In moulding himself after the legendary investor he shows how it's possible for anyone to similarly set the odds up in their favor. They may not achieve Buffett-status but they stand a good chance of beating 90% of professional investors after fees, an approach that will surely lead to considerable wealth over a lifetime. Similar to Guy, I experienced rapture when I first read the Intelligent Investor as well as Lowenstein's biography on Buffett. While I have implemented much of the teachings in my own investing strategy over the past six years, I now wish I'd been even more fanatical. For instance, Spier has set rules for himself such as always reading primary sources first, only checking stock prices once a week, never reading sell-side research and not talking about current investments. He has also worked hard to surround himself with high-quality likeminded investing peers. Well, I plan to remedy things, starting with attending the Berkshire annual meeting this year... What's amazing about Graham, Buffett, Pabrai, Spiers, Dremen, Klarman, Watsa, Greenblatt, Gaynor, Einhorn and all the other great value investors is that they each publicly lay out their approach in detail (usually updated quarterly or annually), they each announce their specific holdings (on 13fs each quarter) and they each consistently beat the market by a wide margin and for long periods of time. Yet despite this, value investing continues to represent a small minority of the overall fund management business and few people succeed in copying value strategies successfully. And the irony is it's such a simple approach! Invest in high-quality businesses that you understand with wide moats and good cashflow characteristics when they're going cheap. I.e. be greedy when others are fearful and fearful when others are greedy. Most investors think they understand this already. The problem is that many cognitive biases remnant from our days on the savanna work against us at times of great fear and great greed, preventing us from sticking to methods that work over long periods of time but often appear to be broken in real time. That's why this book is so important. Understanding our own cognitive biases and setting up an environment which will enhance rational thinking is where the rubber hits the road and what distinguishes great investors. It's no accident that Buffett holes up in Kiewit Plaza, reads sec filings all day, trades seldom and surrounds himself with individuals like Munger, Gates and Katherine Graham. He's nailed it. Therefore, do not take this book lightly! It gets to the heart of what makes an investor great.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shreyas Jaganmohan

    Spier's work was some of the best I've read in a while. His reading style makes it fun and quick to read, but at the same time, you learn so much. Whether it's life advice or value investment advice, Spier handles transitions from one to the other beautifully. His anecdotes to the lessons he is trying to teach are always relevant and full of humor, reflecting an intellectually curious yet still sociable lifestyle. I would recommend this book to anybody that not only wants a motivation for Spier's work was some of the best I've read in a while. His reading style makes it fun and quick to read, but at the same time, you learn so much. Whether it's life advice or value investment advice, Spier handles transitions from one to the other beautifully. His anecdotes to the lessons he is trying to teach are always relevant and full of humor, reflecting an intellectually curious yet still sociable lifestyle. I would recommend this book to anybody that not only wants a motivation for intelligent decision making, but to people who are just beginning to explore independence in their adult lives, like me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aman Vij

    Much more than an Investing book!!! For me this book is way more than just a value investing book. This book is about how to align your inner world with the outer world by doing small things like choosing the right people for your inner circle, understanding your weakness and constantly striving to overcome them and others. I have read number of books on Investing ranging from Intelligent Investor, Investing against the tide, Common stocks and Uncommon profits, One up the wall street and others Much more than an Investing book!!! For me this book is way more than just a value investing book. This book is about how to align your inner world with the outer world by doing small things like choosing the right people for your inner circle, understanding your weakness and constantly striving to overcome them and others. I have read number of books on Investing ranging from Intelligent Investor, Investing against the tide, Common stocks and Uncommon profits, One up the wall street and others but most of the books only talked about the investors investing journey which is based on set of limited number of rules which almost everyone knows and how they were able to apply these rules with some examples. But according to me most of them rarely talked about the inner journey that the investor goes through while developing the skills which is equally important. Guy also discusses number of books and personalities (there is an exhaustive list in the end) which influenced him greatly which I believe is a good way to let the readers explore more books .The icing on the cake was that I got to know more about Mohnish Pabrai as well (way more than from Mohnish's own book Dhandho Investor). I really hope we can get an unabridged version of the book at some later stage as I heard in one of his interviews on youtube that the editor/publisher had cut the size of the book into half. This books is definitely not for someone looking for shortcuts to riches but this book is definitely a must have if you are ready to go through the long but enjoyable journey of becoming a better investor.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dharma

    Extraordinarily Useful and Insightful Guy Spier has provided readers with a shortcut through years of hazardous business experience. For many of us, struggling on our own, without mentors or role models, the lessons which he conveys in this book will be invaluable. The story is common enough: An outsider youth, a privileged education, and then a decline into moral and professional murkiness. But the path he takes is both unusual and courageous. Rather than blaming his failure on psychological Extraordinarily Useful and Insightful Guy Spier has provided readers with a shortcut through years of hazardous business experience. For many of us, struggling on our own, without mentors or role models, the lessons which he conveys in this book will be invaluable. The story is common enough: An outsider youth, a privileged education, and then a decline into moral and professional murkiness. But the path he takes is both unusual and courageous. Rather than blaming his failure on psychological flaws, behavioural disorders, or "bad luck" (all of which he suffers) he undertakes to rebuild his approach to business, investing, and ultimately his own life, using the tools of self-help, inspirational leadership, and value investing. He recognizes early on that the success of investors like Warren Buffett and Monish Pabrai is as much about process as it is about choices. And that the process extends into lifestyles and friendships, as much as it does into analysis. For a young person starting a career, or someone who needs a mid-life boost, this book will be an invaluable tool to point them in the direction of help and happiness. I find myself giving away copy after copy. What better recommendation could there be.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jaroslav Tuček

    Not an investment book! Rather, this is a self-help book - and one of the high-ground, moralizing kind. You will read a lot about: - How investment banking institutions are snake pits (a conclusion drawn after 18 months at D. H. Blair) - How our elite education has failed us (but does not fail to mention about twenty times that he went to Oxford) - How important it is to keep an internal scorecard (but ran away from New York because it made him envy his more successful neighbours) It also has its Not an investment book! Rather, this is a self-help book - and one of the high-ground, moralizing kind. You will read a lot about: - How investment banking institutions are snake pits (a conclusion drawn after 18 months at D. H. Blair) - How our elite education has failed us (but does not fail to mention about twenty times that he went to Oxford) - How important it is to keep an internal scorecard (but ran away from New York because it made him envy his more successful neighbours) It also has its fair share of phrases like divine inspiration and exhortations to serve others and give it all back to society. The only thing this book has to do with investing is the author's obsession with cloning (his term) Warren Buffett. This gets so ridiculous at times that by the middle of the book you will be thinking Buffett must be running a cult, not a company. As an amusing example, he's got an investing rule on his checklist never to speak with the management of prospective acquisitions - but, you guessed it, Berkshire Hathaway excepted.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Beninato

    For a "career story", this wasn't anything special. Guy throws in some neat tidbits of information regarding networking and value investing to keep you wanting to read more, but that's really the only aspect of the book that keeps you coming back to it. One big negative I found was the name-dropping, I found it to be quite absurd at times. There are a few parts in particular where there are sentences of names, one after the other, it's like the author was taking attendance. It was ridiculous and For a "career story", this wasn't anything special. Guy throws in some neat tidbits of information regarding networking and value investing to keep you wanting to read more, but that's really the only aspect of the book that keeps you coming back to it. One big negative I found was the name-dropping, I found it to be quite absurd at times. There are a few parts in particular where there are sentences of names, one after the other, it's like the author was taking attendance. It was ridiculous and unneeded, and really soured my view on this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    James Ford

    Some interesting ideas but pretty fluffy and a little too self-helpy for my liking.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marc

    Good book with some interesting ideas and one man's investing journey. Would have liked to learn a bit more about specific things like Guy's approach to portfolio management and idea generation.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sanford Chee

    Some tips & thoughts from Guy Spier: "We like to think that we can change our environment, but the truth is that it changes us... Ideally, we should stick close to people who are better than us so that we can become more like them." “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.” - Warren Buffett "What I'm about to tell you may be the most important secret I've discovered in all my decades of Some tips & thoughts from Guy Spier: "We like to think that we can change our environment, but the truth is that it changes us... Ideally, we should stick close to people who are better than us so that we can become more like them." “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.” - Warren Buffett "What I'm about to tell you may be the most important secret I've discovered in all my decades of studying and stumbling ... What I stumbled upon was this. Desperate to figure out how to lead a life that was more like his, I began to ask myself one simple question: "What would Warren Buffett do if he were in my shoes?"" On shorting stocks: "It's karmically better to focus on the positive and act as a force for good instead of getting gratuitously embroiled in acrimonious battles." "We don't like trading agony for money." - Charlie Munger Compound goodwill and relationships instead of merely compounding money. "It's very important always to live your life by an inner scorecard, not an outer scorecard." - Warren Buffett "As part of my reinvention of myself, I was determined to have a lot more fun. One aspect of this was that I began to travel more." "When you see a good move, look for a better one." - Edward Lasker "I want to invest in companies that are a win-win for their entire ecosystem... Personally, I don't want to invest in companies that make society worse even if their products are legal. Call me irrational, but I think it's bad karma." "Thanks in large part to Mohnish and Warren, I began to realise that I ought to focus more on what others need from me instead of constantly trying to get them to fulfill my own needs." "When you get to my age, you'll really measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually love you. I know people who have a lot of money, and they get testimonial dinners and they get hospital wings named after them. But the truth is that nobody in the world loves them. If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don’t care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster. That’s the ultimate test of how you have lived your life." - Warren Buffett http://www.gurufocus.com/news/277833/... http://www.valuex.ch Interview w/ The Graham & Doddsville Newsletter http://www.valuewalk.com/2017/02/guy-...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paul Buser

    Key takeaways: -motivated by internal factors not how others view you (avoid the outer scorecard) -antifragility a vital trait -Joseph Campbell - follow your bliss -move to intuition - this is how Buffett and Pabrai do it -become a learning machine -Tony Robbins had huge affect on him -Napoleon Hill did too -the original Buffett structure is ideal to balance alignment of interests -admit your mistakes and shortcomings -refers to Cialdini constantly -Nick Sleep influenced him -giver vs takers - choose which Key takeaways: -motivated by internal factors not how others view you (avoid the outer scorecard) -antifragility a vital trait -Joseph Campbell - follow your bliss -move to intuition - this is how Buffett and Pabrai do it -become a learning machine -Tony Robbins had huge affect on him -Napoleon Hill did too -the original Buffett structure is ideal to balance alignment of interests -admit your mistakes and shortcomings -refers to Cialdini constantly -Nick Sleep influenced him -giver vs takers - choose which one you want to be -mentions Marcus Aurelius Meditations -create the ideal environment (for him, it is Zurich) -know your temperament and adjust your approach and structure accordingly -8 rules 1) stop checking stock prices 2) if someone tries to sell you something, don't buy it 3) don't talk to management 4) gather investment research in the 'right' order to stay unbiased 5) discuss your ideas only with people with no axe to grind 6) never buy or sell stocks when the market is open 7) if a stock tumbles after you buy it, don't sell it for two years 8) don't talk about your current investments (commitment and consistency bias)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sanjeev

    If you are looking for book to help you chose value stocks, this is not the book. In fact this book is not at all about stock picking or mechanics of value investing. This book is the memoir of Guy Spier, how he became value investor. He graduated from Oxford and Harvard Business School, was arrogant and greedy and ready to make his billions on the Wall Street. After the bad experience at first Wall Street investment house, where clients were secondary, just a tool to make money for investment If you are looking for book to help you chose value stocks, this is not the book. In fact this book is not at all about stock picking or mechanics of value investing. This book is the memoir of Guy Spier, how he became value investor. He graduated from Oxford and Harvard Business School, was arrogant and greedy and ready to make his billions on the Wall Street. After the bad experience at first Wall Street investment house, where clients were secondary, just a tool to make money for investment bankers, he opened his own Hedge Fund with family money. Then he became friends with Mohnish Pabrai, another value investor and Buffett disciple and they end up having lunch together and learning few nuggets of wisdom about life and investment from Warren Buffet. The book is basically about his transformation from Gordon Gekko kind of Wall Street trader to a value investor with a different out look on money and life, based mainly on Buffet’s life and principles. Eventually he moves away from Wall Street to Zurich. It is a very readable book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    We have dozens of serviceable to good primers on the nuts and bolts of value investing. Spiers references a few of them himself. What we don't have much of is how investors learn to overcome their own irrational quirks that impair their investing. On paper, most people can be succesful investors/traders... I know tons of people that make bank in paper accounts and blow a fortune with real money. Spiers shows you A) why the market is irrational - because we have animalistic brains that malfunction We have dozens of serviceable to good primers on the nuts and bolts of value investing. Spiers references a few of them himself. What we don't have much of is how investors learn to overcome their own irrational quirks that impair their investing. On paper, most people can be succesful investors/traders... I know tons of people that make bank in paper accounts and blow a fortune with real money. Spiers shows you A) why the market is irrational - because we have animalistic brains that malfunction in the worst of moments -- and how he overcame his own particular shortcomings. Invaluable reading for investors who already know the basic techniques but get tripped up in moments of mental weakness. There are dozens of techniques that -- properly followed -- will make you a successful investor/trader. Yet very few people ever master their own brain sufficiently to become a success in the investing arena. Spiers did it and has some great advice for helping you do so as well.

  13. 4 out of 5

    André Bueno

    Fun read and easily relatable. I enjoyed his openness with discussing the inner workings of Wall Street and his bibliography is pure gold. I look forward to meeting him in person someday.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ezra

    Thank you a lot Mr. Spier for this incredible book. You will help all young value investors with your insights in this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    the book is remarkable. it tells many things I have reflected in past 6 month. Money and relationships. they are inseparable. from inner self to physical glamour. what is definition of a success investor. he should know himself , know the irrational and chaotic world, and hang out with better people out there. Books may give you wisdom, but people surrounding your give you a better sense of yourself. where you want to go. that is what I am missing in my life. find those models, learn from them, the book is remarkable. it tells many things I have reflected in past 6 month. Money and relationships. they are inseparable. from inner self to physical glamour. what is definition of a success investor. he should know himself , know the irrational and chaotic world, and hang out with better people out there. Books may give you wisdom, but people surrounding your give you a better sense of yourself. where you want to go. that is what I am missing in my life. find those models, learn from them, and be a better and valuable person to my family and the society. A must read. the author talks about how his earlier life hood impact his perception about money. what make him so different with his master monish who is more willing to take more risk, and view vitality as a normal of his life, because his family experienced so many ups and downs in his childhood. in a brief, we are so bounded by our old thoughts, our habits, and experiences. if you haven't taste the sense of success, you will never be motivated to gather yourself together to pursue your next success. I am so ready for taking my life to the next level. are you? I want to develop my own business within 5 years.

  16. 4 out of 5

    M

    This isn't your standard investment book, à la Security Analysis or The Intelligent Investor. Instead, The Education of a Value Investor is a melange of biography, self-help and investment-oriented advice that's applicable to everyday life. Guy Spier takes his reader on a thoroughly entertaining journey of self discovery and self improvement, starting with his childhood in London, which leads us to learn about his time at Oxford and HBS, his post-graduate role at D.H Blair and finishes with his This isn't your standard investment book, à la Security Analysis or The Intelligent Investor. Instead, The Education of a Value Investor is a melange of biography, self-help and investment-oriented advice that's applicable to everyday life. Guy Spier takes his reader on a thoroughly entertaining journey of self discovery and self improvement, starting with his childhood in London, which leads us to learn about his time at Oxford and HBS, his post-graduate role at D.H Blair and finishes with his friendship with Mohnish Pabrai, his lunch with Warren Buffett and his ideas on how to be "the most authentic version of yourself" possible. I genuinely enjoyed having an inside look into the mind of one of the top investors of our time and hearing about how he overcomes issues like ADD, emotions like jealousy and greed, and how he uses those forces to guide him towards meeting people better than himself and learning from them in a genuine way. For those just starting to learn about investing, especially value investing, there's no better book than The Education of a Value Investor to give you the set of mental tools to do well in investments and in life. Enjoy it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kanwalpreet Singh

    Self help for a value investor through the learnings of Guy Spier. Book is replete with examples but not so much on financial aspects of investing. Book focuses more on why it's most important to fight your inner demons to become a better investor and generally a better human being. The last two paras will sum up the book for you - “The stock market has an uncanny way of finding us out, of exposing weaknesses as diverse as arrogance, jealousy, fear, anger, self-doubt, greed, dishonesty, and the Self help for a value investor through the learnings of Guy Spier. Book is replete with examples but not so much on financial aspects of investing. Book focuses more on why it's most important to fight your inner demons to become a better investor and generally a better human being. The last two paras will sum up the book for you - “The stock market has an uncanny way of finding us out, of exposing weaknesses as diverse as arrogance, jealousy, fear, anger, self-doubt, greed, dishonesty, and the need for social approval. To achieve sustainable success, we need to confront our vulnerabilities, whatever they may be. Otherwise, we are building our success on a fragile structure that is ultimately liable to fall down. But the real reward of this inner transformation is not just enduring investment success. It’s the gift of becoming the best person we can be. That, surely, is the ultimate prize." Excellent read, but like the author cautions - this was his education, your own education will come through the discovery of your own inner demons. Hopefully this book will give you enough food for thought to find and overcome them more easily.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Welton

    I enjoyed this book as a glimpse into the life of a full-time investor. Not a technical manual by any reach, Spier still lets us know how his acquaintance with Buffett and value investing changed not only his approach to portfolio management, but also to his life management. The key lesson I got out of the book was to not get so worked up about the short run, but in either financial speculation or in relationships or projects, live with an eye to the long haul. I appreciated Spier's accent on I enjoyed this book as a glimpse into the life of a full-time investor. Not a technical manual by any reach, Spier still lets us know how his acquaintance with Buffett and value investing changed not only his approach to portfolio management, but also to his life management. The key lesson I got out of the book was to not get so worked up about the short run, but in either financial speculation or in relationships or projects, live with an eye to the long haul. I appreciated Spier's accent on developing key relationships in life, and on being someone who seeks out friendships of merit. He also focuses on being a thank you not guy. This book is as much about how to become a better investor in people and projects as it is about financial investing. It also does contain some broader suggestions about how to be a value investor that are worth keeping in mind. In money, as in life, invest for the long term.

  19. 4 out of 5

    RYCJ

    The Good. I like the telling of Spier’s experiences right away. He’s to the point. Personable. Sincere. And effective. The Mmeh Okay. It didn’t take long to see a picture emerge that although many ignore, or take for granted, and then too, openly discount, is none-the-less fairly common knowledge, particularly for adult students who’ve ever returned to school at the university level after spending a decade or more working in corporate. The Best Part. I'm thinking "time-tested wisdom"; which is The Good. I like the telling of Spier’s experiences right away. He’s to the point. Personable. Sincere. And effective. The Mmeh Okay. It didn’t take long to see a picture emerge that although many ignore, or take for granted, and then too, openly discount, is none-the-less fairly common knowledge, particularly for adult students who’ve ever returned to school at the university level after spending a decade or more working in corporate. The Best Part. I'm thinking "time-tested wisdom"; which is exactly what makes the insight imparted timely useful. Young investors, and especially young people pursuing business disciplines will benefit greatly from reading this book. I, myself, really appreciated coming by that "one secret" shared, in addition to being flattered by the 'distinct' personality traits (and habits) of successful investors.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Akhil Parekh

    This book comes as a spiritual awakening for any value investor. Book is not just an investment book, but a self help book within the investment category. Key learnings from this book can be found on my blog - http://www.rotmanassetmanagement.com/... I personally loved the book because it cleared my thought process not just from the perspective of investments, but more from the perspective of looking at life and steering my life in a way that suits me the best. Apart from what I mentioned on my This book comes as a spiritual awakening for any value investor. Book is not just an investment book, but a self help book within the investment category. Key learnings from this book can be found on my blog - http://www.rotmanassetmanagement.com/... I personally loved the book because it cleared my thought process not just from the perspective of investments, but more from the perspective of looking at life and steering my life in a way that suits me the best. Apart from what I mentioned on my blog, I realized the importance of being humble, not doing things just to impress others, and most importantly aligning with the universe. The best aspect of the book that I admire is that I was able to relate it on a personal level.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bibhu Ashish

    I just could not help myself but get an internal enjoyment after listening to this book.I Listened to the audio version of the book while commuting to the office and I was not disappointed at all. This is one of the finest books on investing which any one can read and enjoy. Guy has put all his learning in this wonderful book while he took to the art of value investing and making money. The book was fun and enjoyable due to the reason that Guy has not put any emphasis on money making in life. It I just could not help myself but get an internal enjoyment after listening to this book.I Listened to the audio version of the book while commuting to the office and I was not disappointed at all. This is one of the finest books on investing which any one can read and enjoy. Guy has put all his learning in this wonderful book while he took to the art of value investing and making money. The book was fun and enjoyable due to the reason that Guy has not put any emphasis on money making in life. It was all about finding himself in the process of learning about value investing. This is truly a gem of a book. I would recommend every one to read it. May be some people people may not like this book due to it's leaning towards share market investment but hey, who cares when you get the gems, no matter from where ever they come from.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alaeddin Hallak

    Becoming a value investor means breaking with business conventions, creating a valuable social network and taking yourself on an inner journey. By surrounding yourself with positive people and working on growing your self-awareness, you’ll inevitably become not just a better investor, but a also better person. Some key takeaways I learned from this book: - How important it is to be selfless in your interaction with others - The power of "thank you" notes - The role of shaping your environment in Becoming a value investor means breaking with business conventions, creating a valuable social network and taking yourself on an inner journey. By surrounding yourself with positive people and working on growing your self-awareness, you’ll inevitably become not just a better investor, but a also better person. Some key takeaways I learned from this book: - How important it is to be selfless in your interaction with others - The power of "thank you" notes - The role of shaping your environment in order to increase the odds of your investment success - Social circle of people who are better than you is an unrivaled educational tool - Investment checklists are great defensive tools to have in your arsenal

  23. 4 out of 5

    Madhur Rao

    A good nice book, easy read and has number of interesting nuggets. Guy has been very open with his investment process, his mistakes, his vulnerabilities etc which I believe, all investors go through and struggle with in some shape or form. Each investor finds his / her own path, but this book helps you to rethink / learn / unlearn some of the things that one has learned. The book clearly brings out his admiration for Warren Buffet / Charlie Munger and Mohnish Pabrai which clearly highlight how A good nice book, easy read and has number of interesting nuggets. Guy has been very open with his investment process, his mistakes, his vulnerabilities etc which I believe, all investors go through and struggle with in some shape or form. Each investor finds his / her own path, but this book helps you to rethink / learn / unlearn some of the things that one has learned. The book clearly brings out his admiration for Warren Buffet / Charlie Munger and Mohnish Pabrai which clearly highlight how one can learn from smarter/wiser people around you. He has been generous in giving the list of the books that he has read which is good. Being a staunch Buffet / Charlie disciple myself, this book was something that I couldnt afford to miss. Thank you Guy Spier!!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jack Oughton

    If I had to have an 'essential reading list for life', this would most certainly make the cut. An antithesis to the 'whoever has the most toys at the end of their life wins' school of materialistic thought. And this guy should know, he's worked in hedge funds... The value investing approach/philosophy Guy follows seems to reflect a broader philosophy, one that focuses on quality and the essentials of life. It seems closer to the stoicism of Marcus Aurelius and has a lot of things I needed to hear If I had to have an 'essential reading list for life', this would most certainly make the cut. An antithesis to the 'whoever has the most toys at the end of their life wins' school of materialistic thought. And this guy should know, he's worked in hedge funds... The value investing approach/philosophy Guy follows seems to reflect a broader philosophy, one that focuses on quality and the essentials of life. It seems closer to the stoicism of Marcus Aurelius and has a lot of things I needed to hear at this point in my journey (as I also work in finance at the moment). Will re-read this one many times!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ravi

    Amazing book. The two concepts I am taking away from this is that our environment has a significant impact on our long term success ( more so than our intellect) and the concept of accepting and understanding yourself better than trying to be someone else or trying to change into something you are not. Ha! Absolutely didn't see that I would read about these things in an investment book. I almost wish this book didn't come with the investing Title so a few people in my social circle who aren't as Amazing book. The two concepts I am taking away from this is that our environment has a significant impact on our long term success ( more so than our intellect) and the concept of accepting and understanding yourself better than trying to be someone else or trying to change into something you are not. Ha! Absolutely didn't see that I would read about these things in an investment book. I almost wish this book didn't come with the investing Title so a few people in my social circle who aren't as much into investments would also read this book more willingly. Looking forward to reading The Dhandho investor as Guy talks a great deal about Mohnish Pabrai in his book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Suhrob

    Surprisingly enjoyable: very open, straightforward, no-pretense sort-of-autobiography, with focus on learning, decision making (particularly in investing) and finding an "authentic self" (in a completely non-new-age/pretentious way). One of the main Spier's advantages (if not THE main advantage) in investing is his dad giving him tons of money and trust. This at the same time is the main hurdle to come of as somebody deserving to be heard out. Yet Spier does convince me and I enjoyed the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I bough this on a whim, and to be honest, I didn't expect much. However, the book completely blew me a away. It was succinct, entertaining, and the anecdotes were super memorable. Though all of the advice in it I've heard before - hang out with people better than you, make checklists, etc - the way Spier packaged the information was refreshing and original. I especially loved his thoughts on writing letters to people. Obviously networking/relationship advice is nothing but common, but for some I bough this on a whim, and to be honest, I didn't expect much. However, the book completely blew me a away. It was succinct, entertaining, and the anecdotes were super memorable. Though all of the advice in it I've heard before - hang out with people better than you, make checklists, etc - the way Spier packaged the information was refreshing and original. I especially loved his thoughts on writing letters to people. Obviously networking/relationship advice is nothing but common, but for some reason the way Spier wrote about it was much more compelling. Great book!

  28. 5 out of 5

    JG

    This is the kind of book I wish I had read during college so I could have avoided so many mistakes in my early professional life. It's not just a book about Value Investing, but also a kind of guideline to know which path one must take in order to save time and misery, in order to be a better investor and the better person we can be. I totally recommend it for all Value Investors, for anyone who wants to become one, but mostly for all those who are just graduating from college and ready to take This is the kind of book I wish I had read during college so I could have avoided so many mistakes in my early professional life. It's not just a book about Value Investing, but also a kind of guideline to know which path one must take in order to save time and misery, in order to be a better investor and the better person we can be. I totally recommend it for all Value Investors, for anyone who wants to become one, but mostly for all those who are just graduating from college and ready to take on the world.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pedro Saboia

    Very honest portrayal of relatable life and investing experiences. Lots of good teachings. A book that should be studied. Really enjoyed it. Thanks to my friend Fernando Barbará for the recommendation!!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Derek

    Best book I have read in long time. This is not just a book about how to become a better investor, it is more about how to become a better person. Well written.

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