I… Have a Confession to Make

This might shock some of you.

You probably don’t know this, but I’m 15 (soon to be 16) years old.

However, in many ways I have become more like an adult. Before you jump to any conclusions, let me tell you a little bit more about me, and this blog.

Ever since I was a kid, I was different from everyone else. And that difference was painful. I enjoyed sports, and I was pretty good at soccer. But I never made it to the rep teams. I didn’t play video games (my parents are highly against video games). Instead, I spent every spare minute of my time reading books. No joke. Reading was my favourite hobby. And I didn’t read fiction books. I read purely non fiction. I read books about history, finance, biographies of successful entrepreneurs and investors, etc. A good friend of mine once described me as “an athletic nerd.” I hated science. But I loved economics and finance. But from a young age, I had this special talent. I easily (extremely easily) caught on to the financial markets.

Call if fate or whatever, but I was just born with a knack for understanding economics/historical trends/how society works/investing. And now, I mean to follow in the footsteps of my mother.

About this blog.

I started this blog for one sole reason – to reach out to other adults. To tell the truth, I hate being 15. I’m stuck with a bunch of idiots in my school who have no vision about the important things in life – where the economy’s headed, the future of our world, etc. All the care about is picking up chics, the latest gizmos, and “that’s swag” (whatever that’s supposed to mean). These teens have no idea of what reality is. They think they can fool around in school, and one day become the President! Yea! Good luck with that! Then there are the smart kids, who care for nothing other than their marks. The most they’ll end up being is a doctor that makes 200 grand a year. They have no real vision. They’re just a book on legs.

In other words, I felt isolated. I’ve always enjoyed being around adults and discussing interesting “adult” topics with them. The internet has become an excellent method to communicate with others! That’s why I started this blog.

So this blog, actually, isn’t solely written by me. It’s more like me jotting down notes about what my mother has been teaching me, added in with a bunch of my own thoughts. That’s why, sometimes in my writing, you may see parallel thoughts.

As of today, this blog will have a different focus. Instead of simply having me share my thoughts with you guys, I’ll use this as a place to learn (and hopefully you’ll learn a thing or two). So in the comments section, feel free to rebuke what I wrote in my blog posts, because remember, I’m only 15, and still learning. They say that investing is an old man’s game. I’m just 1 km into the 20 km marathon, and I’ve still got a heap to learn. The one thing I’m thankful for is that I’ve started this at a young age. No one wants to turn 30 and find out that everything they’ve been taught about finance is all wrong.

Thanks to all my regular readers, and especially to those who are kind enough to leave comments. I’d love to interact with you guys in the comments, because I learn something new too. Also, expect this blog to get a little more personal. 🙂

25 thoughts on “I… Have a Confession to Make”

  1. I guessed you were young, but not THAT young. Wow… you are lightyears ahead of where I was at 15. I didn’t have an email address back then, either! 😉

    Good for you for seizing the opportunities that you have!

  2. You’re 15?! That’s insane!! I didn’t even have an email address back then .

    Dude you’re definitely ahead of the curve. Can’t imagine how successful you are and are going to be!

  3. Wow Tony, you hold yourself better than most adults, myself included, don’t miss out on all te fun though! My 20s were awesome and my 30s will be too :).

  4. Impressive beyond words. Putting all the business stuff aside, I am impressed with your writing skills. A very adult writing, I should say. Do you employ a ghost writer? 🙂

  5. Thanks for sharing this, and personal is good… look forward to checking in again… also, you just made me feel really old and I’m only 26 :/

  6. I definitely wouldn’t have guessed that you’re 15. I think it’s great that you are concerned about more important things than most people your age.

    Don’t worry about wasting your time on trivial things in order to fit in, just continue to be yourself, and you’ll be glad that you had a strong focus while in your teens!

    1. You’re right! 2 years (2 and a half) I’ll be in university! That’s where kids start taking different paths. Hopefully I make it into Harvard.

  7. Thanks for sharing this with us Tony. I would never have guessed that you were 15 based on your writing and knowledge. 🙂 I think your intellect is awesome and an amazing gift. You are lucky to have such wonderful parents. I look forward to reading more of your future articles 😉

  8. Cool confession 🙂

    I wouldn’t have guessed 15 from your posts here, but I would have guessed maybe 18-20 from your forum posts.

    I think that’s great that you’ve been calling yourself a full time investor. After all, why not? It sounds like you’re focused on it, and enjoy it.

    As a side note, have you read Talent is Overrated? You might be interested.

  9. Very interesting reveal! I never would have known. My son was somewhat like you. At 10 years old, he would read the Wall Street Journal and talk to adults like an adult. Anything he read, he would become an expert. He was academically gifted and skipped the third grade. He played sports and was on a championship football team. He graduated (private) high school with a 3.6 GPA and won the public speaking award. He was voted “the party animal” in the yearbook. He is very well rounded and successful as an adult. Team sports taught him a great deal about getting along with people and working toward a common goal. School is more than some academic subjects. There are many opportunities to learn. Some of which is learning to deal with things we do not want to do.

  10. OK, I guess I’m one of those books on legs, being just a Doc…

    Try reading some fun stuff too. I know you enjoy the things you are reading, so it doesn’t seem like work. But reading other things will keep you from seeing life like everyone else.

    That’s what makes a successful investor, the ability to look at the same data, and come up with a unique opinion or vision.

    Keep it up.

    1. Sorry if I offended you. 🙁 I know some highly successful doctors. They combine their doctoral profession with business. They treat some highly successful businessmen, and in return, they get great tips on what to invest in.

  11. OMFG you’re 15!!!! Don’t worry about high school. The gifted and talented are often isolated, as the sports stars are revered.

    Trust me, when you’re in college and beyond the smart people and the financially savvy are the ones with “swag”.

    Also, swag simply means cool. It’s like when people say “LOL”.

    Saying “swag” is a substitute for not having the mental capability to accurately describe the situation. Don’t worry about swag or people who say swag.

    Stay true to yourself and use High school for learning how to mingle with people who will ultimately work for you 🙂 I like you was beyond my peers in mental capability. The one thing I learned was leaders are liked by everyone.. even the ones you don’t fit in with.

    I leave you with this. Stay yourself but, use High school as a social experiment.

    ps.. NO way in heck you’re 15!!! wow!

    pps. I hope my son is just like you.. seriously!

    ppps… no way you’re 15!!!!

    1. 🙂 Thanks. You’re right. We can’t always deal with those of our same level. Even Steve Jobs had to deal with the average person. Afterall, that’s where your customer base is going to come from!

    2. That’s why my writing isn’t always that good. I’m still working on my writing skills (gotta get into Harvard!)

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