When John asked me to write the foreward to his book, I was flattered and honored and immediately agreed to do so. I agreed because I respect John's work and deeply appreciate the intellectual interchange and things I have learned from reading his Manual of Ideas periodicals over the years.
John brings a spirit of inquiry to his work and displays a true thirst for knowledge and understanding in his quest to be a better investor. More importantly, and very graciously, he doesn't keep it all to himself. He shares his thoughts and acts as a wonderful role model by showing us how he learns by interacting with other intelligent and dedicated investors.
As John shows us how he learns, we can figure out how to become better learners ourselves.
He also shares some of his life story and how he came to be in his present circumstances. After you read that section, I think you will agree that the quest for learning and knowledge, and creativity, defines much of what we are (and should be) as human beings.
There is a true spirit of humility in John's work. He understands that there are multiple ways to think about investing and many different approaches to gaining understanding about what a business is worth and how that might change in the future. He also understands that those answers may be different in different environments and for different amounts to invest.
As an investor, I find the single most valuable thing that I do is to read. I've been a lifelong reader and I thank my ...