Sometimes Even A Billion Dollar Warship Has To Give A Little


USS Enterprise aircraft carrier at sea

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NAVY VOICE: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the north to avoid collision.

CIVILIAN VOICE: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid collision.

NAVY VOICE: This is the captain of a U. S. Navy ship.  I say again, divert your course.

CIVILIAN VOICE: No, I say again, divert your course.

NAVY VOICE: This is the aircraft carrier Enterprise.  We are a large warship of the U.S. navy.  Divert your course now!

CIVILIAN VOICE: This is a lighthouse.  Your call.

I ran into the above dialog in an excellent book by Felix Dennis entitled How To Get Rich: One of the World’s Greatest Entrepreneurs Shares His Success.

He says it was rather mischievously released by the chief of British Naval Operations in 1995, from a recorded radio conversation overheard at sea near the coast of British Columbia.

Felix is a highly successful entrepreneur.  You might know of him from the magazine Maxim and The Week.  He founded both publications.

Like the lighthouse above, the stock market is not necessarily going to move your direction, no matter how sure you are of your investments.  It’s good to know all of the relevant facts, and make a course correction when necessary.

To your health and prosperity (and necessary course corrections).

It’s your call – John

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