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Investing Beyond Leadership

July 18th

I try to invest in businesses that are so wonderful that an idiot can run them. Because sooner or later, one will.

Warren Buffett

A robust business should be able to weather not only market dynamics but also the pitfalls of poor leadership. This is a call to investors to foster a profound understanding of their investments. Ventures that perform well under the current leadership but also have a solid, foolproof system to absorb the impact of change are the ones worth pursuing.

This notion also underscores our responsibility as stewards of these enterprises. Are you fostering resilience? Are you simplifying complex mechanisms? Are you preparing businesses for the storms ahead, even if those storms come in the form of poor leadership?

In the realm of investing, betting on leadership can be as risky as betting on the business itself. The business model should be sturdy enough to bear any weight and still reach the finish line. It's all about ensuring the enduring quality of the business, not the fleeting brilliance of its leadership.

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