So, now’s a good time to consider two things:
- The things successful investors focus on, and
- The things they ignore…
SUCCESSFUL INVESTORS IGNORE WHAT THEY CANNOT CONTROL
The one thing that matters to all investors is the one thing no-one can control.... The Markets........However, there's always someone willing to have a go!
Take Giles Keating, former head of research at Credit Suisse – he believes he can forecast market movements and is predicting a "nasty correction" ahead. He may be right, he may be wrong – but successful investors will ignore him.
A Harvard Business Review article dating back to 2009 explains why:
“The future, like any complex problem, has far too many variables to be predicted.
Quantitative models, historical models, even psychic models have all been tried, and have all failed.
Just imagine predicting something far simpler than the future of the stock market; say, chess.
There are an overwhelming 10 to the 120th power possible moves. That’s a 1 followed by 120 zeros…that sum far exceeds the number of atoms in the universe.”
In other words, successful investors don’t try to predict the market or listen to those who believe they can - because it cannot be predicted. Instead, they get in the market and stay in the market – no matter which way it may be heading.
WHAT DO SUCCESSFUL INVESTORS FOCUS ON? ADVICE TO TAKE AWAY...This illustration by Carl Richard explains successful investors should only focus on the things that matter that they can control: