People With More of Their Own Money on the Line Tend to Make Better Decisions

“And at the end of the day…what I will tell you more than anything else that I’ve realized in 44 years, of which 20 I’ve been investing in some way, shape or form, is those people who put more of their own money on the line tend to make better decisions than those people that are riding other people’s money. And at the end of the day, if you look back on the single greatest investor of our generation, the most important thing that you would have done by backing Warren Buffett, you know, the best thing you would have done by backing a John Malone, the best thing you would have done by backing Jim Simons, is allowing them to compound their own money and going along for the ride with them. I think that’s a really important point. And so, at the most basic level, my advice to everybody is read the disclosures, read the diligence, and then ask one primary question: How much of your own money are you putting on the line. Yours. Not other people’s, not your fund’s, none of that garbage. How much of your own?” – Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya
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