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I developed my full-blown reading addiction as a wee lad, way back in elementary school.
I've got vivid memories of my mother walking me up to the "Bookmobile" in the Drug Fair parking lot every Thursday, and once a month or so we would go to the "cathedral" – the main library.
Then again, "in my day," as it were, we didn't have tiny devices with the computing power of NASA in our pockets to distract ourselves with.
Instead, we passed the time by getting lost in different worlds of words, consuming as much storytelling as possible, and spending time in the authors' minds for hours on end.
I read a lot of war novels and Westerns, which cultivated my standing belief that young men should be forced to read the "frontier stories" of Louis L'Amour to learn about honor, courage, respect, and the proper way to conduct themselves.
But… my favorites?
Undoubtedly, that'd be the real-life pirate stories – the tales of Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, Jean Lafitte, and even Grace O'Malley, the "Irish Pirate Queen."
Besides, if I'm honest, I've got to credit those pirate swashbucklers (at least in part) with my perfect investing track record.
About the Author
Tim Melvin is an unlikely investment expert by any measure. Raised in the "projects" of Baltimore by a single mother, he never attended college and started out as a door-to-door vacuum salesman. But he knew the real money was in the stock market, so he set sights on investing - and by sheer force of determination, he eventually became a financial advisor to millionaires. Today, after 30 years of managing money for some of the wealthiest people in the world, he draws on his experience to help investors find "unreasonably good" bargain stocks, multiply profits, and build their nest eggs. Tim tirelessly works to find overlooked "hidden gems" in the stock market, drawing on the research of legendary investors like Benjamin Graham, Walter Schloss, and Marty Whitman. He has written and lectured extensively on the markets, with work appearing on Benzinga, Real Money, Daily Speculations, and more. He has published several books in the "Little Book of" Investment Series and a "Junior Chamber Course" geared towards young adults that teaches Graham's principles and techniques to a new generation of investors. Today, he serves as the Special Situations Strategist at Money Morning and the editor of "Max Wealth" and Heatseekers.