The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money

Aug 25, 2014 1:15 PM ET

The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money

[ Excerpts from the forthcoming book, The Resilient Investor: A Plan for your Life, not just your Money - available for pre-order before its release in January 2015 from Berrett-Koehler Publishers.]

Article By Hal Brill, Michael Kramer and Christopher Peck, the Managing Partners of Natural Investments.

Does the challenge of making informed decisions about your life seem far more complex today than it did even a short time ago? Does the future—yours, and that of the world—feel highly uncertain, perhaps even precarious?

We can sense you there, nodding in agreement. So we need to say right at the outset that you’ve just picked up a book that is not going to tell you what’s going to happen this year, or next. It would certainly be easier to market a book that reveals our “three smart money secrets”—everyone’s a winner! But we can’t in good conscience make that pitch for one simple reason: the future has yet to be written. There are no simple formulas that can be relied upon in this complex and unpredictable world.

The good news is that this article and the book offers something that’s even more valuable: a dynamic framework that will help you navigate the stormy times we’re living in. The tools we’re offering are designed to keep you nimble, which you’ll need to be as the ground under our feet continues to shift. Because although we can’t tell you how things will change, we do know that they will change.

To guide your way forward, this book offers a pairing of two central ideas: resiliency, and embracing an expanded view of what it means to “invest.”

The first, resiliency, offers an invaluable set of principles that can guide our decisions in this fast-changing world, keeping us responsive in the decades to come. The second arises from our experience as investment advisors, through which we’ve come to appreciate the pivotal role that investing plays in shaping the wholeness of our lives, and our collective future.

By weaving these two essential themes together, we developed the evolutionary framework that you’re about to learn: resilient investing. It’s designed as a toolkit that helps you to build a life in accordance with your dreams, no matter what the future may bring. With it, you’ll learn how to take action, stand up to uncertainty, and stay flexible.

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