A Gift to My Children: A Father's Lessons for Life and Investing

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Random House Publishing Group, Apr 28, 2009 - Business & Economics - 112 pages
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He’s the swashbuckling world traveler and legendary investor who made his fortune before he was forty. Now the bestselling author of A Bull in China, Hot Commodities, and Adventure Capitalist shares a heartfelt, indispensable guide for his daughters (and all young investors) to find success and happiness. In A Gift to My Children, Jim Rogers offers advice with his trademark candor and confidence, but this time he adds paternal compassion, protectiveness, and love. Rogers reveals how to learn from his triumphs and mistakes in order to achieve a prosperous, well-lived life. For example:

• Trust your own judgment: Rogers sensed China’s true potential way back in the 1980s, at a time when most analysts were highly skeptical of its prospects for growth.
• Focus on what you like: Rogers was five when he started collecting empty bottles at baseball games instead of playing.
• Be persistent: Coming to Yale from rural Alabama, and in over his head, Rogers never stopped studying and wound up with a scholarship to Oxford.
• See the world: In 1990, Rogers traveled through six continents by motorcycle, gaining a global perspective and learning how to evaluate prospects in rapidly developing countries such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China.
• Nothing is really new: anything deemed “innovative” or “unprecedented” is usually just overhyped, as in the case of the Internet or TV, airplanes, and railroads before it
• And not a bit off the subject, and very important: Boys will need you more than you’ll need them!

Wise and warm, accessible and inspiring, A Gift to My Children is a great gift for all those just starting to invest in their futures.
 

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User Review  - everfresh1 - LibraryThing

I am not sure how useful it is in terms of advice to anybody else' daughters but there are tidbits of wisdom here regarding investment. Nothing groundbreaking or new but still interesting nonetheless coming from a such unique person as Jim Rogers. Very short and unusual book. Read full review

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User Review  - janiesch - LibraryThing

I really liked the book, because of the experience the author made through his life and how he reflects that in writing. He visited around 112 countries with his wife and traveled through 12-15 war ... Read full review

Contents

Learn Philosophy
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Know Thyself by Understanding Your eulm e_
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Recognize Change and Embrace It
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Lady Luck Smiles on Those W110
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Jim Rogers co-founded the Quantum Fund before he turned 30 and retired at age thirty-seven. Since then, he has served as a sometime professor of finance at Columbia University’s business school, and as a media commentator worldwide. He is the author of A Bull in China, Hot Commodities, Adventure Capitalist, and Investment Biker. He recently moved to Asia with his wife and daughters.

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