10 Ways to Avoid Investing Mistakes

A few weeks ago I went to a meeting with a group of women investors that I found on meetup.com. I’m pretty new to the world of investing, so I’m always looking for ways to learn more and to make sure that I’m on the right track. Fittingly, the theme for the discussion was investing mistakes.

We met at a coffee shop for a few hours on a Wednesday night to discuss mistakes that the group had made and how to avoid them. I was the youngest person there, so I mostly just sat back and listened to where other women had gone wrong and what they wish they’d known when they were young. I took some notes along the way for my own benefit, but I thought I’d share them here.

Many of these weren’t new to me, thanks to the sage advise of many of my friends and family over the last few years. Others seem largely like common sense. But I’ll include them all in case they’re not quite to obvious to other people new to the game of investing.

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I don’t believe in climate change

Frankly, if you deny climate change, you’re behind the times. Like waaaaaaay behind the times. Even climate change “deniers” don’t deny that the climate is changing anymore. Seriously. Do you live under a rock?

If you do, you have some rather esteemed company in U.S. Congress.

Let me take you back a few years to the day climate change denial died. I peg it at sometime around December 2012. The results of a scientific study called the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project had passed peer review and were entered into scientific literature. The goal of the project was to finally put the arguments to rest and determine whether climate change was really happening or not.
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You don’t have to be smart to go to grad school

Probably the majority of grad students out there, especially ones who are a few years in, would agree that you don’t have to be all that smart to go to grad school. True, you have to be good enough at taking tests to have high enough scores to get into a school in the first place, but that’s about as “smart” as you need to be.

Intelligence helps you get along, of course, but after the admission process is over, anyone can make it through grad school if they put in the effort. And there is plenty of hard work to put in. In fact, you can’t even substitute being smart for being hard working. You still have to do the work in the end in order to succeed.
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