Imaginary Obstacles for a Successful Investor

Assume you gather a group of people for an exercise. You put a $100 bill in the middle of the room and tie everyone to the wall with a rope. Half of the people are tied together by longer ropes and can come to the center of the room to take the banknote, but they are blindfolded and cannot see where it is. The rest of the people are bound by shorter ropes and are unable to reach the center of the room. Make a rule that those who are tied by shorter ropes but are not blindfolded can verbally guide those who are tied by longer ropes but are blindfolded to find the banknote. Every two people can assist each other, and the first person to find the banknote wins. By starting the game, you can foresee what a shambles will ensue. Eventually, someone will find the money, and a group of two will win it. Meanwhile, those who are blindfolded are more likely to hit and hurt each other, while those who are not blindfolded are more likely to lose their temper. Everyone follows the rule that they must assist their teammates in finding the money, but no one complains that there is no rule that says they cannot untie themselves and catch the money. Untying a rope and catching a banknote with open eyes is far easier than assisting a blindfolded person in finding it. Imaginary obstacles, such as paying attention to common laws, can cause us to overlook investment opportunities that are not so common but are hidden by the imaginary obstacles. Set aside the imagined impediments and common laws in order to discover new investment opportunities.

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