RWH043: Survive & Thrive w/ Guy Spier: Part 2

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In this episode, William Green chats with renowned hedge fund manager Guy Spier, who has run the Aquamarine Fund since 1997. This conversation has been split into two episodes. Here, in Part 2, Guy shares insights on how to succeed over the long run by avoiding dumb investment behavior, building the right relationships, and recognizing our weaknesses. This is an unusually candid conversation between William & Guy—old friends who collaborated on Guy’s classic book, “The Education of a Value Investor.”



IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN:

00:00 - Intro

01:36 - What dumb investment behavior Guy Spier strives to avoid

05:12 - What type of companies he shuns

07:05 - Why good relationships are a key to financial & personal success

07:25 - Why we should be especially wary of leverage

15:46 - Why it’s vital to find “friends along the path” who support us emotionally

29:34 - Why it’s helpful to shine a light on our own weaknesses

41:18 - How he handles painful, contentious conversations

51:24 - How to engage with people whose beliefs & experiences differ from ours

1:07:05 - What role money does—or doesn’t—play in a rich & meaningful life

1:11:11 - What Guy learned from Warren Buffett’s exercise of writing your own obituary

1:31:39 - How reading great literature can make you wiser & happier



Disclaimer: Slight discrepancies in the timestamps may occur due to podcast platform differences.



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