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Learning from Legendary Investor : Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio

Foldersaham.com - Ray Dalio is a legendary investor and the founder of Bridgewater Associates, one of the most successful and largest hedge funds in the world. 

He believes that when it comes to seeking the truth, it is crucial to test investment ideas, learn from mistakes, and remain humble. Here are his views on these three principles:

"I'm so worried that I may be wrong that I work really hard at putting my ideas out in front of other people for them to shoot down and tell me where I may be wrong."

"I learned that there is an incredible beauty to mistakes, because embedded in each mistake is a puzzle, and a gem that I could get if I solved it, i.e., a principle that I could use to reduce my mistakes in the future."

"To make money in the markets, you have to think independently and be humble."

Mr. Dalio is also known for his expertise in reading macroeconomic trends. However, even experts can make mistakes, and those mistakes can become strengths if they learn from them. In 1982, Mr. Dalio made a big bet and predicted a market crash or depression. 

He accurately predicted a debt crisis due to excessive lending by US banks to developing Latin American countries that he deemed risky. 

However, events took an unexpected turn, and the stock market experienced a bullish trend instead. This miscalculation resulted in significant losses for him and his firm.

Mr. Dalio believes that mistakes provide valuable lessons and opportunities for growth. He views them as puzzles to be solved and used to improve decision-making in the future. The pain from his failure motivated him to change his approach to mistakes and see them as valuable learning experiences.

"I believe that anyone who has made money in trading has had to experience horrendous pain at some point. Trading is like working with electricity; you can get an electric shock. With the pork belly trade and other trades, I felt the electric shock and the fear that comes with it. That led to my attitude: let me show you what I think, and please knock the hell out of it."

"I met a number of great people and learned that none of them were born great. They all made lots of mistakes and had lots of weaknesses - and that great people become great by looking at their mistakes and weaknesses and figuring out how to get around them."

Acknowledging the need to learn from mistakes drove the development of 'Ray's Principles.'

"You have to learn from mistakes to keep getting better. And it's through learning from those mistakes that you learn what reality is and how to deal with it, which is called Principles."

Ray Dalio wrote a book titled 'Principles,' which I highly recommend for enriching our knowledge about investing. In the book, he discusses the fundamental principles that guide his approach to life, management, and investing. 

He emphasizes the importance of organizational culture and believes that a company's success is determined by its people and culture.

In the pursuit of success, it is crucial to embrace truth, face realities, and deal with mistakes and weaknesses. 

Learning from mistakes is a powerful way to grow and improve decision-making. 

Ray Dalio's story exemplifies the importance of resilience and learning from failures in the journey of becoming a successful investor.

Remember, successful investors like Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, and Bill Ackman also made costly mistakes at some point in their careers. What sets them apart is their ability to learn from those mistakes and bounce back stronger.

In investing, avoid common mistakes such as being overly attached to a single stock, neglecting fundamental analysis, underestimating risk, falling into value traps, panicking during market downturns, engaging in short-term trading, and relying too much on others' analyses.

To summarize, stay humble, learn from history, test investment ideas, and embrace the truth. These principles form the foundation of Ray Dalio's success and those of other Investment Masters. 

Happy investing, and always be grateful and happy!

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