We are big GoT fans. With the hit TV show returning to HBO for its final season, we couldn’t resist drawing some parallels between what we see in our finance world and the personalities of some of the main characters from the show. Hope you enjoy!
Daenerys Targaryen: Daenerys would undoubtedly be a “Unicorn Investor.” In the investing
world, a Unicorn is a private company worth upwards of $1 billion with the potential to change the world. Think
Uber, Lyft, AirBNB, Snapchat, and Pinterest. I mean – she’s the Mother of
Dragons for crying out loud! Daenerys had the power to change the world, and she captured the hearts and minds of both
allies and enemies alike WHILE ruthlessly destroying her competition. Her
views of the world and vigorous drive to succeed resemble the same motivations
of some of these visionary CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk. She stopped
at nothing to achieve her dreams. Investing in Unicorn companies would satisfy
this need if Daenerys were an investor rather than a queen trying to conquer
the Seven Kingdoms!
This week’s Masters Golf Tournament is by far the most prestigious and cherished event in the golfing world. Winning the Masters is life changing and incredibly fruitful for the professional golfer in so many ways. You can make nearly $2 million in prize money, get a five-year exemption on the tour, a lifetime invite to the annual Champion’s dinner and amazing sponsorship opportunities inside and outside golf. Rarely do first-time participants win, however. It takes years of experience to get to the point where you can come even close to winning the tournament. There are many documented instances where talented players have failed because of nerves, careless mistakes or playing too aggressively. In one rare case – one player was disqualified after signing an incorrect score card! Investing success takes a long time too. Investing is an art and a science – somewhat like golf actually – because it requires a combination of skill, planning and patience.
When I was young and in the
process of changing jobs, whenever I considered making a speculative investment
or wanted to buy something frivolous, my father would say to me “you have to
pay to learn!” It has taken me many years to figure out what he meant by that.
We get asked all the time: What is the best way to teach kids about money? The answer to this question is: slowly – because it takes a long time to get it right. It is different for each family and for each child. We observe that some kids have the embedded sense of how to make money, save it, keep track of it, and how to spend it. Others think that money “grows on trees” and that there is an endless supply of it. Everyone is different.
“Those who stay will be champions…” Those are the great words from legendary Michigan Football coach Bo Schembechler. As a young man, I heard those words a lot. I was a distance runner at the University Michigan, competing on the track and cross-country teams. Back then, it was always in the context of working hard, persevering, and outlasting your competition. However, as I graduated from college and entered the real world, those words took on new meaning. It wasn’t always the most talented athlete or the smartest kid in class that had the most success, it was the one who worked the hardest and was willing to make sacrifices when others weren’t.