Sean Iddings is co-founder of the Intelligent Fanatics Project which helps investors and entrepreneurs see further by standing on the shoulders of organizational and leadership giants.
The book series of the same name, co-authored by Ian Cassel, is the introduction into the overall project. Sean is also a member of MicroCapClub.
Safal Niveshak (SN): Sean, you have graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Music Therapy. What led you into this “non-musical” world of investing?
Sean Iddings (SI): I had always been intrigued by the market and entrepreneurship from a young age. Music was my first love, so I never looked further into those other curiosities. It was a friend I worked with during college that told me about the markets/business and encouraged me to look into them. Since I was depressed about my musical future, I was finally ready to entertain those curiosities.
My musical training had revolved around “mastering the masters”, so I immediately sought out the investing masters. After reading Ben Graham’s Mr. Market analogy, I instantly got it and was hooked.
So, while my background is non-traditional for an investor/entrepreneur, I’m blessed to have it.
SN: How have you evolved as an investor and what’s your broad investment philosophy? Has your investment policy changed much through the years as your capital has grown?
SI: Yes, I’ve evolved immensely. I’d say that I’ve found much better tools over the years. I started out looking in the right places, but I had deficiencies and still do. One early one was to gloss over “mastering the masters” and focusing on learning from my own experience.
My broad policy of investment continually morphs. It has been simplified to this: put in the hard work and compound.
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