Over the past couple of years, I have read some of the most valuable and informative posts within the Fool community's message board. I have already paid my $29.95 because I have gotten way more than $29.95 worth of information back from the Fool community. I truly recommend anyone who cares about investing to do the same. For the contest, my most valuable post was titled, “Invest in a Few Good Trees,” and was posted on the Coca-Cola message board by ShadowSword on 08/26/01. Here is a link for the post:http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15634076The reason I picked this post as the most valuable to me was because I have always been frustrated on what it means to pick solid companies that will exist and be larger in the future. This post used amazing imagery by taking a simple idea of life and nature and relating it to the business world and successful investing. ShadowSword proclaims that, “Your decision to include any particular company in your portfolio should be like planting a tree.” “…a tree that, despite floods, droughts and other environmental goings on, it has grown taller and stronger over the years.” It helped me realize the importance of picking well-built companies that will not only grow but will survive in harsh competition or conditions. In addition to the analogy of the tree, ShadowSword not only showed the importance of picking strong companies that will endure tough environments, but also emphasized the importance of holding those stocks for a long time. ShadowSword gave many examples relating this point. It dawned on me while reading this section of the post that it truly truly truly is important to hold on to stocks for as long as you can when you find a good one. I realized that investors should never ever fall into the trap of trying to guess where the market or individual stocks are heading because no one ever has or ever will always guess correctly a good portion of the time. Eventually, you will get burned…badly.I would just like to end now by repeating what I said above and giving my praise and support for the Fool community message boards. I am hoping that many investors will notice the value of this community. Thanks to all who have and will contribute to this community. Thanks again! Fool on!!!Shawnr33Shawnr33@yifan.net
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