After my previous post on women and investing, I must admit there is one woman beyond my wife that I observe everyday. She is my daughter who is currently three years old and hence, the boss of the house :-).
Is there something to learn from observing her?
If u have a child around the same age or maybe + 2-3 years you will observe a interesting phenomenon. The child has infinite amount of physical energy. It is extremely difficult to restrain the child in a given place or position beyond a few seconds. She is in a constant state of physical motion with arms flaying and legs moving. Try getting a child to do nothing for 10 minutes and u will accept defeat even before you start the task. Getting her to stand still beyond a few seconds is a non starter. It’s like Brownian motion
So the point is
I want to quote Blaise Pascal here. The man I disliked in my engineering days for giving us hydraulics but the man who came up with very interesting insights in human behaviour.
“All human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room”.
Like the child we crave for activity. Maybe not physically but our brain never stops. It wants action, wants to be in the thick of action and if not anything create action where non exists. The itch to put in the next trade or buy the next stock that you analyse.
And like the child, it really is not in control of its actions.
I have been in the last 15 days working hard to do nothing :-). Caught up on some reading, steered clear of annual reports and spent time thinking.
The title of this post of course comes from a nice song by The Beatles
"He's a real nowhere man,
Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
Making all his nowhere plans