Investing should be dull. Life’s not.

What a boring blog I have. Told you so. Well, it should be boring, isn’t it? As Paul Samuelson, Nobel Laureate and MIT Economist, said:

Investing should be dull. It shouldn’t be exciting. Investing should be more like watching paint dry or watching grass grow. If you want excitement, take $800 and go to Las Vegas.

Well, life’s not. Recently I backpacked to the Sabah state of East Malaysia and climbed to Mt. Kinabalu, the highest mountain (4095m) in South East Asia. The view up there was spectacular. And allow me to indulge myself: if the peak were my financial goal, then I had peeked into my future. 🙂

Here are some tips for making the climb:

  • Start early. Get to the base early, so that you have more time to recuperate for the final climb, which starts in the wee hours.
  • Keep loads low. Travel light. You are not going to party at 4000 meter. Bring the essentials and leave the rest at the Park HQ.
  • Look beyond the steps in front of you. So that you will forget how tired you are or how far away the destination is, and so that you can carry on. Go slow and steady. Otherwise you will grow more and more anxious. Enjoy the nature, look beyond the woods. Oh, aren’t there some beautiful wild orchids?
  • Stay on the path. Taking a shortcut? The weather on the mountain can turn bad very quickly.
  • Forget about weather forecast. I asked a guide about the weather. He said forget about the weather because it is very unpredictable in the mountain area.

Don’t they sound familiar? 😉

Check out my itinerary and photos HERE.


4 responses to “Investing should be dull. Life’s not.

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  2. With time, I believe the mathematical “problem solving” orientation of twentieth-century economics will be viewed as piece-meal and insufficient, especially as we look at the viability of the market-mechanism itself in the wake of the financial crisis. Relatedly, Samuelson’s “mathematization” of economics treats the discipline as though it were a science–ignoring the inherent limits to prediction of a human system, whether social, political or economic. For more, pls see

  3. Hi euandus2, thanks for sharing.

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