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Besides being extremely wealthy, what do the world’s most successful investors – investing greats like Peter Lynch, Carl Icahn, and Warren Buffett – have in common?
This is an interesting question to ask and answer, since a lot has been written about each of and every one of them, in varying amounts of detail, analyzing how they think and how they do business, and it can be overwhelming to take it all in.
While each has his own unique approach to investing, there are some things we can learn about how to succeed as an investor by looking at what they have in common – let’s look at some of them.
Success doesn’t just happen to you, especially not sustained, repeated success – it requires a well-defined strategy that you develop and refine as you gain experience. What works well? What doesn’t? Is there a way to do something better in order to create or maximize value?
John Bogle and Peter Lynch each famously enumerated 8 key fundamentals that inform their decision-making process. That means that their investment process is clear, specific, and – most importantly – repeatable.
The key here is to identify and understand each of the steps in your investment process that have been proven to lead to success, be keenly aware of each one of these, so you can consistently replicate and produce the results that you’re looking to get. Consider your investment process your formula for success: get it right, get it made.
Closely related to having a sound investment strategy is your ability to look for ways that value can be created or improved. Successful investing requires a mindful, proactive approach – you don’t just throw money into anything and hope for the best based on speculation – you need to understand what is necessary for a situation to deliver increasing value and seeing if that potential exists before you pull the trigger.
For example, Warren Buffet and Carl Icahn look for companies that aren’t doing as well as they can be and work to improve how these operate and deliver results, thus increasing their value. On a smaller scale, try to observe and study if something you’re looking to invest in has a viable potential to grow in value, and if most – if not all – relevant factors are favorable toward allowing that to happen.
This is especially important in markets related to technology and services, where disruptions can create great opportunities for growth, and therefore investors (think of Apple when they first introduced the iPod and the iTunes store, then later on, Uber, and the subsequent rise in their respective values).
Of course, there’s a lot more to investing and to each of the personalities we’ve considered here. Reading up on any one of the greats we’ve mentioned and the unique paths they’ve taken in getting to where they are now is always a worthwhile investment (a-ha!), but don’t forget to keep an eye out for any commonalities between them – that way you can learn from the best and create your own formula for successful investing.