So much of what schools teach in a traditional mathematics class is . . . hmm, let me word this diplomatically, not likely to affect our day-to-day lives. Sure, learning the formulas for quadratic equations (and their abstract family members) might jazz the odd engineering student. But let's be honest. Few people get aroused by quadratic equations.

Perhaps I'm committing heresy in the eyes of the world's math teachers, but I think quadratic equations (a polynomial equation of the second degree, if that clears things up) are about as useful to most people as ingrown toenails and just as painful for some. Having said that, buried in the dull pages of most school math books is something that's actually useful: the magical premise of compound interest.

Warren Buffett applied it to become a billionaire. More importantly, so can you and I'll show you how.

Buffett has long jockeyed with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates for the title of “World's Richest Man.” He lives like a typical millionaire (he doesn't spend much on material things) and he mastered the secret of investing his money early. He bought his first stock when he was 11 years old, and the multibillionaire jokes that he started too late.^{1}

Starting early is the greatest gift you can give yourself. If you start early and if you invest efficiently (in a manner that I'll explain in this book) you can build a fortune over time, while spending just 60 minutes a year monitoring your investments. ...

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