Your Ticket to Country Club Richeshttp://www.fool.com/investing/small-cap/2010/02/09/your-ticket-to-country-club-riches.aspx Austin Edwards
February 9, 2010
About the time they told me I'd need a team of security guards to escort me to the men's room, I knew I'd done it.
By it, I mean ticked off a roomful of folks so pompous that you couldn't tell where their silver spoons ended and their perma-scowls began. Even worse, I committed this crime on the holiest of grounds ...
Brace yourself for the horror!
Granted, I probably looked like I'd just escaped from some sort of white-collar Supermax where they only play pedestrian lawn games like bocce and badminton. But in my defense, I didn't know I was going until about an hour beforehand.
Not to mention, my boss assured me that I wouldn't be openly -- and quite loudly -- called out as "(expletive deleted) disrespectful" by the club's chief of security.
Amusingly ironic -- and tactful, to boot
But I will tell you that the whole experience has me bound and (expletive deleted) determined to become the best investor I can be, so that one day I can join any golf club I please, and treat disgustingly underdressed people like ... well, people.
Here's how I'm going to do it ...
I've already started by reading the 25 books that Motley Fool co-founder Tom Gardner thinks every investor should read.
Now, in my ongoing quest to become a master investor, I'm moving on to these ...
General investment wisdom:
Economics and markets:
These are just 10 of the 31 books on the Motley Fool Hidden Gems reading list. And though it might take you a few months to plow through all of them, I'm positive it will be worth your while.
What I'm doing in the meantime ...
Because I'm confident that the world economy will continue to recover and drive commodity prices higher, I've been taking a serious look at everything from Alcoa (NYSE: AA ) to Petrobras (NYSE: PBR ) to Valero (NYSE: VLO ) .
Yet, while I'm confident in the long-term potential of all of these stocks, I'm also aware that none of them will be the market's next big movers, nor will they experience the kind of explosive, life-changing growth that has characterized the top 10 best-performing stocks of the past decade.
How can I be so sure?
Never heard of Diedrich? That's no surprise. After all, just like the top-performing stocks of the past year, it’s small, obscure, and completely ignored by Wall Street.