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A Gift to My Children: A Father's Lessons for Life and Investing Hardcover – April 28, 2009
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Heâs the swashbuckling world traveler and legendary investor who made his fortune before he was forty. Now the bestselling author of A Bull in China, Hot Commodities, and Adventure Capitalist shares a heartfelt, indispensable guide for his daughters (and all young investors) to find success and happiness. In A Gift to My Children, Jim Rogers offers advice with his trademark candor and confidence, but this time he adds paternal compassion, protectiveness, and love. Rogers reveals how to learn from his triumphs and mistakes in order to achieve a prosperous, well-lived life. For example:
â¢ Trust your own judgment: Rogers sensed Chinaâs true potential way back in the 1980s, at a time when most analysts were highly skeptical of its prospects for growth.
â¢ Focus on what you like: Rogers was five when he started collecting empty bottles at baseball games instead of playing.
â¢ Be persistent: Coming to Yale from rural Alabama, and in over his head, Rogers never stopped studying and wound up with a scholarship to Oxford.
â¢ See the world: In 1990, Rogers traveled through six continents by motorcycle, gaining a global perspective and learning how to evaluate prospects in rapidly developing countries such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China.
â¢ Nothing is really new: anything deemed âinnovativeâ or âunprecedentedâ is usually just overhyped, as in the case of the Internet or TV, airplanes, and railroads before it
â¢ And not a bit off the subject, and very important: Boys will need you more than youâll need them!
Wise and warm, accessible and inspiring, A Gift to My Children is a great gift for all those just starting to invest in their futures.
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I love the authors other books, I'm a little bit of a Jim Rogers Fan, But A Gift to My Children: A Father's Lessons for Life and Investing. Really moved me, as parents we are all so busy, but trust me if you read this book and listen, It will do great things for you and your family now and in the long run.
I like Jim Rogers' advice and anecdote on being a self-starter. It's something I think about from time-to-time when I feel like I have nothing to do. I have begun studying Mandarin (as he recommends). If he's right about China, which I think he is, then anyone who can speak the language will have a huge competitive advantage going-forward. I also appreciate the fact that he thinks studying history and philosophy are worthwhile. It's nice to know that someone as accomplished as himself appreciates a degree that's not business.
As much as I enjoyed this books, I'd like to give a heads-up that this books is nowhere near as good as Adventure Capitalist, Rogers' book on his adventure traveling the globe (and one of my all-time favorite books). However, it is still a fantastic read and gives you lots of food for thought. Highly recommended!
Explained from the eye of a father this time, as the guy decided to bring kids after becoming old. So its an advice book written in a way in which he's addressing his daughters. Very straight forward and usual of the Jim Rogers way of looking at things and writing. Any reader who has been acquainted with the writings and remarks of this renowned investor will find it as a summary of some of his observations in life generally. An enjoyable read.
A gift to my children is packed full of general life lessons from the mind of a successful global investor with a passion for life. It touches on subjects such as boys and ethics, explains hidden dangers that young women seldom notice, and promotes thinking for yourself and not taking someone's advise just because they are a professional. I bought a copy for my cousin whom just became a father a little over a month ago, and I have a copy I intend to give my daughter once she is a little older. All in all, I feel any good father would enjoy this book.