9 Investing Rules To Live By
5. Emotional intelligence is more important than classroom intelligence.
Take two investors.
One is an MIT rocket scientist who aced his SATs and can recite pi out to 50 decimal places. He uses leverage and trades several times a week, tapping his intellect in attempt to outsmart the market by jumping in and out when he's determined it's right.
The other is a country bumpkin who didn't attend college. He saves and invests every month in a low-cost index fund come hell or high water. He doesn't care about beating the market. He just wants it to be his faithful companion.
Who's going to do better in the long run? I'd bet on the latter all day long.
"Investing is not a game where the guy with the 160 IQ beats the guy with a 130 IQ," Warren Buffett says. Successful investors are those who know their limitations, keep their heads cool, and act with discipline. You can't measure that.