ACTING: A few days ago a young subscriber asked me, "Russell, you've been dealing with the markets since the late-1940s. This is a strange question, but what is the most important lesson you've learned in all that time?"
I didn't have to think too long. I told him, "The most important lesson I've learned comes from something Freud said. He said, 'Thinking is rehearsing.' What Freud meant was that thinking is no substitute for acting. In this world, in investing, in any field, there is no substitute for taking action."
This brings up another story which illustrates that same theme. J.P. Morgan was "Master of the Universe" back in the 1920's. Morgan belonged to many exclusive and expensive clubs. One day a young man came up to Morgan and said, "Mr. Morgan, I'm sorry to bother you, but I own some stocks that have been acting poorly, and I'm very anxious about these stocks. In fact worrying about those stocks is starting to ruin my health. Yet, I still like the stocks. It's a terrible dilemma. What do you think I should do, sir?"