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The Morgan Housel Podcast -- timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness.

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Quiet Compounding

Quiet Compounding

2024-06-1707:341

"Nature is not in a hurry, yet everything is accomplished,” said Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu.Giant sequoias, advanced organisms, towering mountains – it builds the most jaw-dropping features of the universe. And it does so silently, where growth is almost never visible right now but staggering over long periods of time.It’s quiet compounding, and it’s a wonder to see.I like the idea of quietly compounding your money. Just like in nature, it’s where you’ll find the most impressive results.
My deepest forecasting belief is that you can better understand the future if you focus on the behaviors that never change instead of the events that might.And those behaviors have a common denominator: They follow the path of least resistance of people trying to simplify a complex world into a few stories that make sense and make them feel good about themselves.Simple stories, feel-good stories. Those are some of history’s most seductive beliefs, and they always will be.Here are a few that s...
Lazy Work, Good Work

Lazy Work, Good Work

2024-05-2409:322

The most productive work you can do often looks like the laziest -- but it can be hard to accept that because of how the workplace has changed over the last 100 years.
Every great idea can be taken too far. Take the notion that investors should ignore the short run.It's important to recognize that the long run is just a collection of short runs, and capturing long-term growth means managing the short run effectively enough to ensure you can stick around for a long time.
I wrote letters to both of my kids the day before they were born. Here's what I wanted them to know about money. And even if you don't have, or want, kids, I think you'll find this helpful.
Hacks are hard because shortcuts rarely exist. Prizes take time and effort.The personal finance industry – filled with advice that sounds and feels good without moving the needle – needs to recognize this.These aren’t fun hacks, but no one said this was easy.
Lucky vs. Repeatable

Lucky vs. Repeatable

2024-04-1108:382

Luck plays such a big role in the world. But few people want to talk about it. If I say you got lucky, I look jealous. If I tell myself that I got lucky, I feel diminished.Maybe a better way to frame luck is by asking: what isn’t repeatable?And maybe better yet: The way to get luckier is to find what’s repeatable.
No One Is Crazy

No One Is Crazy

2024-04-0514:083

The fun part of behavioral finance is learning about how flawed other people can be. The hard part is trying to figure out how flawed you are, and what stories make sense to you but would seem crazy to others.
A few of the best and most insightful things I've read lately.
Woodrow Wilson was the only president with a Ph.D. in political science.He came to office having thought more about how a government functions than most before him or since.One of his complaints was that too many people in government held the belief that it was a Big Machine: that once you set up a series of rules you could take your hands off the wheel and let the government run on its own forever. They viewed government like physics, with a set of customs and laws that required no updating ...
Mae West said, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” That might be true for some things – health, happiness, golden retrievers, maybe.But in so many cases the thing that helps you can be taken to a dangerous level. And since it’s a “good thing,” not an obvious threat, its danger creeps into your life unnoticed.Take intelligence. How could someone possibly be too intelligent? How do you get to a point where you realize you could have been more successful if you had been a little dumber?...
This episode discusses my take on what you should pay attention to when reading history. There’s a quote I love from writer Kelly Hayes who says, “Everything feels unprecedented when you haven’t engaged with history.”It’s so true. History’s cast of characters changes but it’s the same movie over and over again.To me, the point of paying attention to history is not the specific details of certain events, which are always random and never repeat; it’s the big-picture behaviors that reoccur...
Compounding Optimism

Compounding Optimism

2024-02-1412:022

Let me share a little theory I have about optimism, and why progress is so easy to underestimate.I’ll explain it in four parts.
Behavioral finance is now well documented. But most of the attention goes to how people invest. But the study of how you spend money might be far more interesting -- and practical. How you spend money can reveal an existential struggle of what you find valuable in life, who you want to spend time with, why you chose your career, and the kind of attention you want from other people.There is a science to spending money – how to find a bargain, how to make a budget, things like that.But there’s ...
There’s obviously a hierarchy of information. It ranges from life-changing good to life-changing disastrous.That got me thinking: What would be the most interesting and useful information anyone could get their hands on?Years ago I asked that question to Yale economist Robert Shiller. “The exact role of luck in successful outcomes,” he answered.I loved that answer, because nobody will ever have that information. But if you did, your entire worldview would change. Who you admire would change. ...
There are two big ways to learn: Active learning: Someone tells you what to learn, how to learn it, on a set schedule, on pre-selected standardized topics.Passive learning: You let your mind wander with no intended destination. You read and learn broadly, talk to people from various backgrounds, and stumble haphazardly across topics you had never considered but spark your curiosity, often because it’s the topic you happen to need at that specific time of your life.I can’t be alone in rea...
One sentence that knocked me off my feet when I read Will and Ariel Durant’s The Lessons of History was: "Learn enough from history to bear reality patiently, and respect one another’s delusions."I love that so much.The key here is accepting that everyone is deluded in their own unique way. You, me, all of us.When you realize that you – the good, noble, well-meaning, even-tempered, fact-driven person that you are – have views of how the world works that are sure to be incomplete if not comple...
My wife recently bought me an old book. It's called The Mathematical Theory of Investment. It was written in 1913 and it's as dry and boring as it sounds (but the old weathered cover looks awesome on a bookshelf). I flipped through it and thought, "Does any of this matter?" These formulas, these charts, this data?Well, yes. But not nearly as much as the soft, behavioral side of investing. This episode shares 10 of what I think are the most critical financial skills -- none of w...
Expiring skills tend to get more attention. They’re more likely to be the cool new thing, and a key driver of an industry’s short-term performance. They’re what employers value and employees flaunt.Permanent skills are different. They’ve been around a long time, which makes them look stale and basic. They can be hard to define and quantify, which gives the impression of fortune-cookie wisdom vs. a hard skill.But permanent skills compound over time, which gives them quiet importance. When seve...
My new book, Same as Ever: A Guide to What Never Changes, is out today. Books are hard, a multi-year slog from start to finish. But I’m excited for you to read this. I think it’s the best writing I’ve ever done. And it was fun to write! My hope is that you enjoy reading it half as much as I enjoyed writing it. My first book, The Psychology of Money, was really about how you, the individual behave. Same As Ever is about how we, the collective, behave, and what we keep doing over and ...
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Aakash Amanat

I just listened to "The Morgan Housel Podcast" and I must say, it was an incredibly insightful and thought-provoking episode. Morgan Housel has a unique ability to break down complex financial concepts and behavioral economics in a way that's not only understandable but also engaging. The anecdotes and real-life examples he shares really drive home the key points he's making. https://muckrack.com/wax-paperie One thing that stood out to me was his discussion on the psychology of investing. It's fascinating how our emotions and biases can often lead us astray, even when we think we're making rational decisions. Learning about these psychological pitfalls is crucial for anyone looking to navigate the world of finance. https://linktr.ee/delipaper.us

Aug 21st
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Ashish Baki

Lovely episode

Jul 4th
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Ashish Baki

it was a lovely episode.. thank you Morgan

Jun 21st
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James Clancy

+1 for the audio book. Like podcasts I can listen to them when driving, walking, working, doing mundane tasks. Don't have much down time for reading. I would average 5-6 audio book to 1 actual book.

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