How the Vanderbilt Family Lost Their Fortune

When Cornelius Vanderbilt (the Commodore) passed away in 1877, he left the majority of his fortune valued at $95,000,000 to his oldest son. In today’s dollars, this fortune would be worth around $2.1 billion. He left smaller amounts to all of his other children. This particular son, who received the majority of his fortune, actually…
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Is a monthly salary a harmful addiction?

I’m sure you’ve heard of Nassim Taleb. He’s written several books including “Black Swan” and “Antifragile.” Back at the end of 2014, he apparently tweeted his resolutions for 2015. You can see the full list of resolutions here. His resolution listed as #9 is extremely interesting. This resolution is: “Use courage and wisdom, not labor,…
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The Marshmallow Test

  Back in the 1960s a study at Stanford University was completed with preschoolers. This study is now referred to as the “Marshmallow Test.” They presented the preschool children with two choices: ONE marshmallow they could eat immediately OR TWO marshmallows if they waited alone for 20 minutes Years after this study the research team…
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Needing Money

“It vexes me greatly that you should have found me in need, and… that having to earn my living has forced me to interrupt my work and to attend to lesser matters instead of following up the work which your Lordship entrusted me.” ┬áLeonardo Da Vinci I’m reading “Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding Da Vinci’s Creative Genius”…
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99.1% of Buffett’s Wealth Came After His 53rd Birthday

Last year, I read an article on Business Insider that indicated that 99.1% of Warren Buffett’s wealth came after his 50th birthday. I have thought about this several times since reading the article and decided to look into it a little further myself. According to a recent Google search, Buffett’s net worth is currently estimated…
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Warren Buffett’s Pinball Machines

Warren Buffett's pinball machine theory.

In Warren Buffett’s biography,┬áThe Snowball, I found an interesting story from when he was seventeen. He read about an idea of buying a used pinball machine and using the income generated by the first machine to buy additional used pinball machines. So Warren bought a used pinball machine for $25 and went into the local…
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The Dollar

Many years ago, I read an article about Jamey Johnson in Men’s Journal. Because he seemed like a cool dude, I decided to look into him. This was a little odd for me, because Johnson is a county music star and I wasn’t a fan of country music. Through Johnson, I ended up learning to…
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“The first ______________ is a bitch.”

Over the last year or so, I’ve been reading a few pages of Charlie Munger’s book, “Poor Charlie’s Almanack” every week. This is the type of book you take in a little at a time as you swirl the lessons around your life. As you hopefully know, Charlie Munger has been Warren Buffett’s partner for…
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