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The Game Within the Game

October 16th

If you've been playing poker for half an hour and you still don't know who the patsy is, you're the patsy.

Warren Buffett

In the landscape of investing, recognizing the less informed player is less about targeting the weak and more about cultivating one's own awareness. The inability to identify this player signifies a possible lack of depth in our own understanding.

Every player in the marketplace comes with a unique strategy and understanding of the game. The trick is not only to understand them, but also to accurately gauge our own standing. Misjudging our own abilities while overlooking those of others can lead us astray.

This insight implores us to pause, assess, and reassess our position, not only in relation to our competitors, but also in our own trajectory. It’s not so much about the fear of being uninformed, it’s about the drive to learn, to improve, and to ultimately navigate the game more effectively. After all, in investing, as in life, staying informed and humble are the keys to knowing our place in the game. If we don’t, we might just find ourselves being the uninformed player.

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