Trouble in Hong Kong…

an outsider's perspective of hong kong

how i met jim rogers

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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.

too old to be a groupie - i mean me not jim

it says - nat, life is short, ride hard and far...make it happen jim rogers. so jim from an investor p.o.v. - is this going to go up in value someday?

and i told him to dedicate this to jake my godson - its says jake listen to your parents and your godmother


Written by smalltroubleinhk

March 30, 2010 at 3:58 pm

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  1. So, so, awesome Nat… I’m so proud of you.


    April 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm

  2. likewise chris..


    April 5, 2010 at 5:16 am

  3. i came to this blog from your husband’s blog,
    i will find sometime and buy it.
    maybe i will send a mail to jim just like you.

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    April 21, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    • Hmmmm.. You better have something good to say to him. He is not known to hold his tongue but he is a wonderful man.


      April 21, 2010 at 2:49 pm

  4. So glad that to share the similar feeling as per what you had, we are a very small but honest listed company and for our surprise, we are talking and meeting with this singapore stayed american, and I am going to meeting him on coming friday, will buy the book as I just been a father for 2 months and hopefully i can pick some idea to make the dream come true.

    Sometime, dream really will come true, so just do it.

    Manfred Shiu

    Manfred Shiu

    February 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm

  5. Dear Manfred,

    Congratulations on being a new dad!! I wish you well 🙂


    March 2, 2011 at 7:59 am

  6. Thanks for your sharing, I read Jim’s book too, I LOVE it, therefore I will buy 2 to my bosses to share with their daughters, as the last gift to them. I always wish that my dad could told me his stories like Jim ^_^


    May 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm

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