Posts Tagged ‘jim rogers’
jesus christ people, for the last time i did not ask jim rogers for any tips and i don’t know what he is investing in. seriously, when i ask him to teach me, i wanted to do it the hard way because in life there is no point with someone giving you a fish a day when you should learn to fish for yourself.
if i had asked him for tips, it would be an insult to him. i don’t have any tips for you but i can tell you this, he is 68 years old, he got off the plane with a stack of newspapers in his hand. when i showed him how he can now read financial times, bloomberg, awj on the iphone, he offered to trade his blackberry for my iphone( sorry rim, your technology is so passe) the man reads and observes – loads. and think about it, he was picking cans to sell at the age of 5. what were you doing? i was climbing trees, playing badminton with my neighbors and cycling. so does it surprise you he is more successful than you and me? the answer is no, he worked hard, he never took no for an answer and he lives his life seeking to learn new things.
and seriously, you do not need to ask mr. rogers how commodities will fare. as i was at the gym this evening, two ladies( they are cleaners) were chatting and they said that the prices of meat went up 50%. stop hanging out with people who earns only 200k a month, they won’t know. ask people who earns less than 10k a month. they can tell you how real inflation is and stop having your nose buried in your game consoles, the world is trying to teach you something. just open your heart to it.
by the way, mr. steve jobs please send mr. rogers an iphone and have one of your glorious mac genies teach him how to use . do it before eric schmidt does it – because you know what after seeing the android ( man the screen is so beautiful) i am now lusting for it.
a couple of weeks ago i read this book by jim rogers – a gift to my children: – a father’s lessons for life and investing. the book had such a profound effect on me that i read it twice. after a day i still had many of jim’s words stuck in my head. i said to my husband, i am going to write jim an e-mail.
for those of you who do not know jim rogers - he is an investing legend. unlike warren buffett, jim had retired at the age of 37, went around the world a few times – first time on a motorbike and second time in a specially modified Mercedes with his wife paige. he is the bona fide indiana jones. the thing i like most about jim’s investing style is the fact that before he invests in something – he goes and sees it ( doesn’t get more real than that)
i stayed up many hours that night drafting that e-mail. i wrote it again and again and went to bed. the next morning, i called a friend of mine who is the head of m&a in a very big financial institution and i asked him” do you think jim rogers will reply me?”. he said – you have job offers waiting for you, stop chasing after a pipe dream”.
i said – i thanked him, i said f**k you and hung up.
before i sent out the e-mail to him, i typed in the last line – i hope my mail finds a way to reach you.
honestly, i was so scared of hoping because like many people, our hopes have been dashed before. somehow at the back of our heads, we don’t really believe in luck, in life anymore. maybe the older you get, the more jaded you’d become.
on the same day, at approximately 5 in the evening, a popped up – it says James Rogers. i held my breath because i thought it a pr representative mailing me back- thanking me for buying his book.
it says thank you for your terrific e-mail. i will be in hk between ( dates) at this (hotel), we could meet for a minute if you like.
at that minute, i started to cry. i guess sometimes, dreams do come true.
a few days prior to his arrival, he asked me to meet him at the airport so that we could ride to town together because he had a busy schedule. you know what, he is a funny man. he told me to hold up his name and his book. i really don’t see the point because i know how he looked like and i was worried about attracting far too much attention.
anyways, a car ride with jim rogers is one you wished it will never end. you will learn so much from just one car ride. i asked him his permission to write to him once a week with questions i have ( i hope i don’t kill him because i have so many)
i sincerely hope that happy and baby bee his two girls will learn from him because his mind and his zest for life are just the richest things about him.
thank you jim !!!
to all my friends and people who may read this – sometimes in life, there are so many people who try and dissuade you and tell you that life don’t work that way – you know what, life has no formula. you make your own formula. use your heart to guide you – it never lies and dream big because you know you deserve better. i know i do.