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A Gift to My Children: A Father's Lessons for Life and Investing

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  798 ratings  ·  84 reviews
He's the swashbuckling world traveler and legendary investor who made his fortune before he was forty. Now the bestselling author of A Bull in China, Hot Commodities, and Adventure Capitalist shares a heartfelt, indispensable guide for his daughters (and all young investors) to find success and happiness. In A Gift to My Children, Jim Rogers offers advice with his trademar ...more
Hardcover, 85 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Random House (first published April 28th 2007)
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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
So cutesy! A successful investor gives worldly advice to his daughters.

A lot of it we know, most of it, probably. Doesn't worsen it, though. Some things need to be reiterated again and again for us (and our kids, especially!) to pay enough attention to!

Very short, very quick and very experienced. The author is not pretending to give the all-around advice on all things ever. What he does is what he says he does: gives his kids some pointers.

If anybody laughs at your idea, view it as a sign of
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: educate-kids
Jim Rogers, excellent as ever. This is a very short read, but it is something that everyone should read, and one day when I have children, they will definitely read this book --- ideally, yearly.

I'm fortunate, in that it seems that these things do come naturally to me, but Roger's has done a great job distilling these points into easy to communicate parables.

> Trust Your Own Judgement. The mob is usually wrong. Ignore them. Go your own way.

> Do What You Love. It's not about the money, it's
David Nealis
Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
A Gift to My Children: A Father's Lessons for Life and Investing.

Legendary investor Jim Rogers co-foundered the Quantum Fund with George Soros in 1970; then he retired at the age of 37, he spent a number of years traveling the world by motorcycle and later traveling the world with his wife by car. He has taught at Columbia University and authored the best selling books: Adventure Capitalist, Investment Biker, Hot Commodities, and a Bull in China.

In A Gift to My Children, Jim Rogers writes about
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Небольшая книжка с очевидными советами: постоянно учитесь, не следуйте за толпой, анализируйте ситуацию, не бегайте за мальчиками, пусть они за вами бегают. Обычно родители говорят это вслух, а папаша-инвестор решил выпустить книгу, полагаясь на силу печатного слова. Но кажется мне, что до подобных мыслей дети должны доходить самостоятельно, добрые родительские советы всегда пролетают мимо ушей в раннем возрасте.
Vasiliy Sikorskiy
Читал в прошлом году. Показалась пустой. Ничего не взял себе, к сожалению. Разве что сам по себе совет писать советы своим детям. Теперь у меня у самого есть заметки про то, что я хочу рассказать своим детям, когда они будут постарше :)
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is my new favorite book. It's a quick short read but I took my time savoring each chapter's wisdom. I actually felt quite touched while reading it. It felt very personal and he writes from the perspective of giving advice to two of his daughters. He was very frank and straightforward but at the same time said everything in a thoughtful and caring way. I learned a lot of important things and also was reminded of a lot of things reading this book. A LOT of valuable advice on life and also inv ...more
Eugene Kok
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Alberto Lopez
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic short book from a man who has perhaps seen it all. Many stock market prognosticators have their fair share of detractors; but I just can't see Jim Rogers having any. After all, it is difficult to argue with real-life success. The book touches on a little bit of his trading experience but mainly drives the idea of dedicated research and independent thought. It is meant as advice to his daughters. I too want my daughters to read it. For the expanded review see ...more
Timofey Peters
На самом деле это маленькая брошюрка, время прочтения которой меньше часа!

208 страниц получились в результате использования крупного шрифта, широких полей и большого количества пустых страниц.

Треть книги — советы инвестора применительно к инвестициям, тем, кто не в теме, их никак не применить. Вторая треть — частные советы отца своим дочерям, признания в любви и «а вот мы с вашей мамой…». И последняя треть — советы, которые можно как-то использовать не-инвесторам и не-отцам дочерей. Но в них н
Daisy Luo
Feb 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
Quick easy read from Jim Rogers. Whilst some of the advice seems unconventional, they are in fact practical and wise. Take it from a successful guy whose travelled almost everywhere and nearing his 70s. The advice on life is great but I would be cautious of any of his investment advice and "predictions". Still it is a book I would rely to my children.
Andreas Tovefalk
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book was to short , i wish he could have gone deeper into his advises and subjects . He has so much knowledge and experience that he could have written more . But i enjoyed it .
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, business
The famous investor wrote this book to share his life advice with his young daughter. There is another review on Goodreads that outlines Rogers’ advice, and that is a large majority of what he has written. What isn’t on that list but is in the book?
- Rogers’ repeated commentary relating his infatuation with China.
- Some stories about his upbringing that are interesting in a homespun way.
- More love of China.
I would love to see what Rogers would have written now, 11 years after the initial publi
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a much more on life and a lot less on investing book. Written for his daughters, this book is a short tool kit distilled from his experiences - not only as a maverick trader but someone who circumnavigated the world twice over.
The writing is essential Rogers - his passion for history, his penchant for commodities, his knack of opportunity spotting and his overwhelming preference for China are all here often concluding into “lessons”. It also doesn’t fail on self praise wherever possible
Sylv C
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Three stars, not because the book's not good, but because it's VERY short and many of the concepts overlap with those in Jim's other books (e.g. Adventure Capitalist, Street Smarts). Probably nice as a gift to friends' kids in their teens.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book that full of the wisdom from one of the most successful investor ever. Short and easy to read. I am going to recommend tis book to my daughters too.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some sound advice off the top of my head .. (dont talk money politics religion unless you have to)
Airand Saniti
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Simple easy-to-read old man advice. Somehow it reminded me of some of my mom's advise. Something that I could easily reread as pocket book of reminder over time.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book contains such profound wisdom both for life and investing. I highly recommend it. It’s a book that deserves many reads.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The app deleted my review. I don't feel like repeating it. Absolutely great book, go read it, and save a copy for your kids.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Long ago gift from dad.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a father of two beautiful daugthers, this book has number of reflections on me and found useful tips and code of fatherhood.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very easy to read. Chapter 14+ are more for kids but there are very good advice for everyone in chapters 1-13.
Michael Armijo
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While having a chat with a prospective client (a teacher who lives in Washington DC) she mentioned a book about an Investor who learned much by simply traveling the world. I asked her to email me the name of the book. I ordered the book via Amazon and was taken by surprise to see that it was written by an investor that I know (indirectly) from many interviews via Financial News Network and CNBC. His name is Jim Rogers. He moved to Singapore in 2007 with his family.

I found his book to be a simpl
Oct 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I won't even call this a proper book. It's a few random mutterings from Jim Rogers - supposed pearls of wisdom for his daughters - about the wild wild world that will confront them when they grow up. He explains why he moves his family to Singapore (my country! in fact, I used to live near the primary school his daughter goes to). He advocates frugal living, exploring and pursuing one's passions, and not living an empty life of mindless consumption (++ brownie points from me). He urges his daugh ...more
Aina Abenova
Джим Роджерс — миллиардер, финансовый гуру, создатель собственного товарного индекса и человек, которого называют Легендой Уолл-Стрит.

Учился Йельском и Оксфордском университете. В то время у Джима не было денег на приличную пару обуви, но он сумел создать команду, которая выиграла регату «Оксфорд — Кембридж». Начинал свою карьеру в области финансов в начале 70-хх вместе с Джорджем Соросом. Они основали компанию Quantum Fund, которая за десять лет на рынке выросла на 4200%.

Благодаря успеху этой к
Oct 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Sugary get-rich guide

This short bestseller by Jim Rogers, one of the world’s most renowned investors, is in the form of a letter offering personal guidance and investment advice to his two young daughters. Rogers co-founded the Quantum Fund with his partner, George Soros, and established a reputation as an authority on economics, investing and markets. In his 60s, he married for the second time and became a father. In this book – written in first person from “your father” with a slight, sweet un
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I always thought, if I did parenthood over again, I'd want to teach more financial literacy to my child(ren). Or, at my age, to my grandchildren. Rogers, well-known for his success in commodities and his adventures after his retirement at the ripe old age of 37, wrote a book in which he gives advice to his young daughters, who at the time of publication were under the age of seven. He himself became a father in his 60s.

Frankly, I liked the book. It isn't necessarily about financial success, but
May 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: finance
This is a very general and easy to read type of book. You can finish it shortly. Every points Jim shared here will always have other side of pros and cons.

For example, on chapter 1, "Swim your own races: do not let others do your thinking for you." If you take his words, will you let your daughter to stop schooling at the age of 18, and go to another country to live with a men 12 years older, whom she meet in the cyber game WOW? This is a real life case happened around me. Maybe, this apply to
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I finally read another book! It was a short one but hopefully now I am out of my reading slump.

P.S. The book has some sound advice and I love that he wrote it for his little girls.

This sentence resonated with me as the topic of community has been on my mind:

"When your mother and I were traveling the world, we constantly met people who were afraid of those who were different--be it religion, language, ethnicity, or skin color--until they interacted with them, and laughed and swapped stories."

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James Beeland Rogers, Jr. is an American investor and author, currently based in Singapore. Rogers is the Chairman of Rogers Holdings and Beeland Interests, Inc. He was the co-founder of the Quantum Fund with George Soros and creator of the Rogers International Commodities Index (RICI). He has travelled around t
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