Why it's OK to be wrong

No one likes to be wrong, but making mistakes is one of the things that makes us human. One of the great things about errors in investing is the opportunity they offer for improvement. Every investor makes mistakes. Good investors learn from them; poor ones don’t. Trouble is, we tend to judge our investing performance in the wrong kind of ways. We look at share price movements as a guide to our performance and we compare ourselves to others. Both are poor ways to assess performance, except over the very long term. Consider BlueScope Steel. Between 2002 and 2008, a period over which...

No one likes to be wrong, but making mistakes is one of the things that makes us human. One of the great things about errors in investing is the opportunity they offer for improvement. Every investor makes mistakes. Good investors learn from them; poor ones don’t.

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