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What is the single best investment tip you can give?

We’d divided a family business. I ended with a runt branch and some cash I needed to invest. I imagined wealth. Reality had a few other surprises.

I read some popular finance magazines. Picked out some recommended mutual funds. Thought, “Hey, this is easy. I’ll be rich. Fast.”

I consulted with my dad, a successful businessman. He told me, “Don’t invest in the stock market. You’ll only lose money.”

He was an expert. He’d proven that advice over and over.

As usual, I didn’t listen to him. I called a broker friend to buy.

He did. The market went up. When I read my month end statement I was thrilled.

I thought, “Wow! I’m a genius. Maybe I’ll quit my day job and become a professional.”

About 30 days in the market burped. Then gagged. Then threw up.

My investments cascaded down. My father’s words came back to haunt me. Over and over like a scratched record. Like a few other times while I was growing up.

I called the broker one morning from my office, “Sell! Everything! Now!” I said forcing myself to stay coherent.

“What? Why?” he asked.

“Because I don’t want to lose anymore! I can’t afford it,” I responded.

“It’s just a momentary fluctuation. Ride it out. It’ll be fine.”

“No! Get me out!”

He did. I felt relieved. Bleeding stopped.

A month later the market turned back up. Blew through where I’d bought. Went on to new highs.

I thought, “What a dumb ass I am.” By the way, not the first time I’d thought that.

But I also had a revelation. I still needed to invest the cash. Only this time I was going to educate myself first before leaping.

I know, I know. I’m like a guru.

So I chilled for about a year. Read books, attended seminars and learned to invest in real estate.

Bought a small tract home. Got it rented. Bought another.

Then I learned to invest in stocks as well. Invested some money. Expected to lose it. It went up instead. Kept investing more.

Finally, came to a place I launched my financial consulting practice to do professionally what I’d done personally.

Twenty years later we’ve built a net worth that, frankly, I never really imagined.

Sure I’ve made mistakes along the way. But I learned from them, kept them minimal, didn’t make them twice. Then kept on building.

Oh, and a few times thought, “What a dumb ass I am.” By the way, not the first time I’d thought that.

You’ll build wealth best if you learn before you leap.