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Legendary investor Rogers cofounded the Quantum Fund with George Soros in 1970, retired at the age of 37 in 1980, and spent a number of years traveling through China and six continents by motorcycle. He recently fathered two daughters in his sixties and wrote this small memoir to share with them some of the insights that he has garnered from his experiences. He advises to make your own decisions in life rather than listening to others, to figure out what you love to do and focus on that rather than what is expected of you, and to have a dream and to live your dream. In the area of finances, he says to save and invest early on rather than spending frivolously, so that you will be able to afford the important things in life later, and to do your own research, draw your own conclusions, and look to the future—not the past—for great ideas. These and other nuggets of wisdom from this self-made man are worth reading several times over. --David Siegfried

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Hey Jim!
What a lovely, lovely book! (A Gift to My Children). Though I've read all you've written, this one really touched me. It is, of course, a love letter to your daughters, which is not only a wonderful, meaningful thing to do, but it was filled with exactly the kind of advice all fathers should give. Your new book will stay on my shelf for a long, long time, and I'll be giving it to my own kids to read. --Nicholas Sparks: Author of The Notebook, Dear John, and The Last Song

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400067545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400067541
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1942, Jim Rogers had his first job at age five, picking up bottles at baseball games. Winning a scholarship to Yale, Rogers was coxswain on the crew. Upon graduation, he attended Balliol College at Oxford. After a stint in the army, he began work on Wall Street. He cofounded the Quantum Fund, a global-investment partnership. During the next ten years, the portfolio gained more than 4,000 percent, while the S&P rose less than 50 percent. Rogers then decided to retire-at age thirty-seven-but he did not remain idle.Continuing to manage his own portfolio, Rogers served as a professor of finance at the Columbia Univer-sity Graduate School of Business and as moderator of The Dreyfus Roundtable on WCBS and The Profit Motive on FNN. At the same time, he laid the groundwork for his lifelong dream, an around-the-world motorcycle trip: more than 100,000 miles across six continents. That journey became the subject of Rogers's first book, Investment Biker (1994), now available from Random House Trade Paperbacks. While laying plans for his Millennium Adventure 1999-2001, he continued as a media commentator at Worth, CNBC, et al., and as a sometime professor.He now contributes to Fox News, Worth, and others as he and Paige eagerly await their first child.

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82 of 82 people found the following review helpful By X. Li on May 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have never read any of Jim Rogers prior books, but I am pleasantly surprised to find this little book insightful and enjoyable to read. He provided his answers to questions such as how to best prepare our children for the future. As a father of a five year old daughter, I fully appreciate a book just like this.

Each chapter is a lesson on a major quality of character or "virtue"; and each chapter is about several pages long. Each lesson is elaborated and explained with real events in Jim Rogers' life - his childhood in rural AL and his investment decisions.

This book is definitely NOT an investment book, but I am more than happy to learn about personal stories of this legendary investor, particularly about his thought process, mindset, and insights about being a father and investor.

Obviously he writes with his unique set of values and ideas about where to live (don't live in a country involved in any kind of war), what to become (a world citizen), and what to learn (philosophy and history), but in this little book I have found gems of wisdom common to a few very successful people I personally know. They universally credit their success to: 1)think on your own, 2) hard work and never quit, 3) read as much as you can, 4) always prepare for the worst, 5) save and don't carry debt, and 6) start your child early.

If you write a book for your child, what would you include and exclude? Under this premise I think Jim Rogers has done an excellent job so I rate this book with five stars.
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Lee Say Keng on August 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
'A Gift for My Chidren: A Father's Lessons for a Life & Investing',
by Jim Rogers

What follows is just my quick list of interesting takeaways from the book, 'A Gift to My Children: 'A Father's Lessons for Life & Investing', by American investor extraordinaire Jim Rogers, now based in Singapore, who is acknowledged by Time as 'The Indiana Jones of Finance'.

Frankly, all the stuff from the book has nothing much to do with finance &/or investing.

They are essentially pearls of wisdom from his world of "hard knocks", which Jim wants to share with his two beautiful daughters, respectively nicknamed in Chinese as 'Happy' (7) & 'Babe Bee' (2).

* Swim your own races

- do not let others do your thinking for you;

- rely on your own intelligence;

- it's important to decide for yourself what's important to you and what you want before you turn to others;

- if anyone laughs at your idea, view it as a sign of potential success;

- be who you are; be original; be bold;

- above all, be ethical;

- save ~ you must avoid the trap of spending $ willy nilly simply because you can;

* Focus on what you like

- Age is irrelevant when you are passionate about a goal;

- when you find something that interests you, just do it!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Yunsum S. Yu on June 5, 2009
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I've read all of Jim Rogers' books. All his books are well-written, entertaining, and easy to read. This one is no exception. It is filled with simple, good-ol-fashion advice for both adults and children. However, some of the examples Rogers uses to explain his idea may be hard for children to grasp, e.g. shorting stocks! Unless you plan to educate your kids about finance and economics early on, this book may be more appropriate for college-bound age teenagers or older.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J Huang on June 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is simply a moving, touching soul will not only to his daughters, but also to the children of the world. Thanks for sharing your insight with us. I just cannot agree with you more. Learn from history, have indepedent thinking, mostly conventional wisdom is wrong. Thanks you, Jim, for sharing your the wisdom of wisdom!
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41 of 55 people found the following review helpful By T. Chandrasekhar on April 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I had preordered the book after the impressive book "Hot Commodities: How Anyone Can Invest Profitably in the World's Best Market" ( one of the books in perpetual classics list in my listmania) and Jim Rogers TV interviews.The book does a decent job of giving "Commonsense" advise and a lot of motivation addressed to the readers (disguised as addressed to his daughters). However we have to remember that Jim Rogers is an ordinary father who happens to be the "Warren Buffett" of Commodities. That's it.Everyone who buys the book is looking to tap into the genius in him and possibly get rich trading.Pure and simple!

The first line of the book starts like this " There are going to be moments in life when you must make very important decisions. You will find many people ready to offer you...." and goes on explaining the importance of Relying on your own intelligence .Unfortunately for most common mortals like me who is squeezed between driving to office and dropping kids at school and watching prime time reality shows, it is nothing more than a hunch or instinct or a radio news that often leads to loss making trades.If you can sterotype an investing genius as someone who is passionate, who reads a lot, who analysis financial numbers, travels to the factories, production zones, understands macro economic,political structure first hand. then this book has all the meat to solidify stereotypes.

Without revealing the plot(!) of the book,I am going to point the subtitles in first chapter,that would give ample evidence to other readers as to what you can expect from the book.

CHAPTER 1:
Swim Your own Races.
Subtitles in Chapter1:
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