What happens when a young Wall Street investment banker spends a small fortune to have lunch with Warren Buffett? He becomes a real value investor. In this fascinating inside story, Guy Spier details his career from Harvard MBA to hedge fund manager. But the path was not so straightforward. Spier reveals his transformation from a Gordon Gekko wannabe, driven by greed, to a sophisticated investor who enjoys success without selling his soul to the highest bidder. Spier's journey is similar to the thousands that flock to Wall Street every year with their shiny new diplomas, aiming to be King of Wall Street. Yet what Guy realized just in the nick of time was that the King really lived 1,500 miles away in Omaha, Nebraska. Spier determinedly set out to create a new career in his own way. Along the way he learned some powerful lessons which include: why the right mentors and partners are critical to long term success on Wall Street; why a topnotch education can sometimes get in the way of your success; that real learning doesn't begin until you are on your own; and how the best lessons from Warren Buffett have less to do with investing and more to do with being true to yourself. Spier also reveals some of his own winning investment strategies, detailing deals that were winners but also what he learned from deals that went south. Part memoir, part Wall Street advice, and part how-to, Guy Spier takes readers on a ride through Wall Street but more importantly provides those that want to take a different path with the insight, guidance, and inspiration they need to carve out their own definition of success.
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Yes. The book has some great lessons and insights from Guy's career. He is also very honest about his investing mistakes which adds to the learning experience (and hopefully helps the reader avoid making similar errors!)
I think the most interesting insights surround the things that Guy avoids doing - for example: daily use of Bloomberg terminals, engaging too closely with management (they are good salesmen), talking publicly about investments (as it creates attachments to a particular thesis which can be hard to move away from). Also how Guy uses investment checklists which cover everything he has learned both personally and from other investors - Buffett, Pabrai etc. Put in to practice, these checklists will avoid investment mistakes - so readers can take a lot from them. All of this is really practical advice which can be put in to practice easily.
I think it is important to be careful which investment books you read, there are a lot of them which can have a negative effects on your investing. This book is a particularly good one and although it is written in a very different style to others, it is right up there with other "must read" titles for Value Investors such as Common Stocks Uncommon Profits (Fisher), Essays of Warren Buffett (Cunningham), Intelligent Investor (Graham/Dodd), Margin of Safety (Klarman), Competition Demystified (Greenwald).
I was pleased to have listened to this audiobook, although I was probably a bit unqualified to grasp everything.
It was interesting nonetheless and would recommend it to anyone who has loads of spare cash they don't know what to do with.
Also, the narrator is excellent.
Yes, as this is easy to listen in a car, while gardening etc.
no, but the performance was OK
This book is what the title suggests - the author talks about his life story how he came out of first class universities, got burnt in an investment bank and started his hedge fund. To a great extent it is about the people inspired him (such as Warren Buffet) as a role model in investment and life.
Personally I was looking for a book on value investment - the book did not offer much in that subject.
Fanatically passionate about self-improvement and never ending self- education
A life changing book. Love it from the beginning to the end. Loads of great information and advice. I can't thank more to the author for this valuable book. Highly recommend to anyone seriously interested in any kind of investing.
A book based on values and principles rather than just pure investing tricks.
Gives a great account of how important it is to have a mentor and depicts the greatness of warren buffet, Charlie munger and mohnish pabrai.
A must read for anyone with basic interest in investing.
Good luck guy spier! Hope you do well.
Guy's approach to life will inspire you. It's one of those books that make you want to jump up and get out there and live the life you were meant to!
Anyone wanting to become wealthy must have this.Guy has given everyone a gift to understand what value investing is all about and what a person becomes in the process of knowledge aquisition
"Malk Williams does a superb job."
I am the author of the book. I had originally wanted to narrate the book myself - to make it more authentic. But I was unable to find the time and Malk Williams stepped up to do it.
I think that he has done an absolutely phenomenal job. He has a clear and sonorous voice that is faithful to meaning of the text and is far more pleasurable to listen to than my voice would have been.
"Great bio and life philoshophy"
This book is more of a personal bio and explanation of a philosophy on life rather than an investment tome. As such it was thoroughly enjoyable. Very candid and personal account
"Honest and humble story of value investor"
How candid and humble he was.
The ups and downs he went through and how he realized his dreams despite several mishaps and almost mishaps such as Bear Stearns problem
His voice and accent sounded very similar to Guy's ( I listened to his talk at Google on youtube previously ) so the narrative felt authentic.
Checklists for my stock picks
Not ignoring Tony Robbins;)
Guy talks about Think and Grow Rich , and he is very right, it is a great read for anyone with big goals in life.
"Great book about becoming a good investor"
Find your way
Guy Spier didn't provide a technical how-to on how to analyze stocks, but that can be found elsewhere. What he did was enlighten me regarding the mindset an investor should have. I really enjoyed that a lot.
Beautifully narrated by Malk Williams. Did a great job narrating from Guy's view, and also did a fun Warren Buffet impersonation.
Find a way to invest that suits me. In anything from trading frequency and using a checklist to office furnituring.
Very happy to have listened to his book, thank you.
"High quality material and presentation."
Guy Spier is very generous with his experiences and ideas. Take what suits you from this story and use it to improve your state of mind and life.
"I will save you time - Go read about Buffett"
No, I would would just give them the spark notes.
Warren Buffett is wicked smart, and try to copy him as much as possible to be successful.
Hang around with successful people because they will make you better.
Write people letters. No one does this anymore so when people receive letters it means a lot to them and can have huge longterm impacts.
Wall street can be distracting. Create your own perfect environment.
He talks about writing personal letters to people. All kinds of people about all kinds of things. I thought this was interesting and I am trying it myself.
British accent is on point.
Most of the book is him talking about how smart Mohnish Pabrai and Warren Buffett are. So you might as well go read their books and learn about them because that is pretty much what he is telling you to do.
"Great book and great story"
The way speaker narrates about Guy Spier's story is very enjoyable. After started listening, I could not stop and finished in two instances. One thing I really liked is his analysis of himself and admitting his fears and idiosyncrasies. I think understanding ones idiosyncrasies is very import to be a good investor.
One thing I like about the book is the emphasis Guy Spier places on improving oneself as person by becoming more authentic and willing to help others. I really think it is true. I have seen that many times myself. When you help somebody, the same person may not help but it always comes one way or the other.
"best audible book to date"
fantastic book with applicable ideas as well as a self reflective process on desires, personality, and goals. overall I would recommend and the narrator was also fantastic and I would like to listen to other books narrated by him. I very much would like to have lunch with Guy Spier just to talk more about wisdom and good conversation. Did I mention the book was great?
Honest, inspirational, informative
Guy Spier's candor about wall street, investing and living a fulfilling life is inspirational.
Read with emotion
This book has reinforced the way I think about investing and life. Thank you Guy Spier.
"not at all what I expected"
this is going in my "to read annually" list. This book brought me into an elevated state of mind and allowed me to focus on the what really matters as I make my investments and live my life
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