Friday, September 12, 2014

Charlie Munger on the balance between competency and gumption...

A quote from Jason Zweig's article, "A Fireside Chat With Charlie Munger," worth a post of its own:
You have to strike the right balance between competency or knowledge on the one hand and gumption on the other. Too much competency and no gumption is no good. And if you don’t know your circle of competence, then too much gumption will get you killed. But the more you know the limits to your knowledge, the more valuable gumption is.

Jason Zweig also put it this way in his other article on the meeting, "The Secrets of Berkshire’s Success: An Interview with Charlie Munger":
Successful investing, Mr. Munger told me, requires “this crazy combination of gumption and patience, and then being ready to pounce when the opportunity presents itself, because in this world opportunities just don’t last very long.”