The Deipnosophist

Where the science of investing becomes an art of living

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Location: Summerlin, Nevada, United States

A private investor for 20+ years, I manage private portfolios and write about investing. You can read my market musings on three different sites: 1) The Deipnosophist, dedicated to teaching the market's processes and mechanics; 2) Investment Poetry, a subscription site dedicated to real time investment recommendations; and 3) Seeking Alpha, a combination of the other two sites with a mix of reprints from this site and all-original content. See you here, there, or the other site!

31 July 2009

Pyramid of Success

I meant to post Coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Success earlier this week on the occasion of his birthday. I forgot; mea culpa.

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John Wooden, for those of you who do not know, was coach of the UCLA Bruins basketball team, and perhaps the greatest and best coach ever, in any sport.

Now I normally detest superlatives like I just uttered, but Coach Wooden was not only a phenomenal coach but also a phenomenal human being. And I say that, even though my 'storied' high school basketball career met the buzz saw of Coach Wooden's exacting standards. (And, anyway, Sidney Wilkes and Marques Johnson were better players than I ever could even dream of becoming.)

Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success? It has provided unfailing guidance to me, and to other people, over the decades -- and not just in sport. Check it out for yourself to see why I say that...
-- David M Gordon / The Deipnosophist

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