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The Fool: What's the best advice you've ever received?
Cliffdweller: Life isn't fair, but it's a lot fairer if you're proactive and pursue your dreams instead of waiting for them to come to you.
The Fool: Share with us your best money-saving secret -- cutting coupons, sneaking candy into the movies, shopping on Wednesday and pretending you're over 65?
Cliffdweller: Stop buying junk you don't need and invest the money instead. The more you do it, the easier it gets. Particularly in this market.
The Fool: Make a confession.
Cliffdweller: I still believe in Santa Claus.
The Fool: If you could be the CEO of any public company, which one and why?
Cliffdweller: Apple Computer. Apple intrigues me. They have one of the greatest brands in American history and although they're successful they could have been so much more. Sure, Steve Jobs is charismatic and maybe he is a genius, but methinks a genius would have made more of Apple, especially with so much to work with.
The Fool: Is the best way to fight terrorism through aggression or passivity (or do you have another option)?
Cliffdweller: The best way to fight terrorism is to re-establish the relationship of responsibility to rights. Without responsibility, the reckless exercise of rights eventually denegrates into anarchy. Ironically, anarchy destroys rights, since charismatic leaders and centrally controlled governments are often the result. If you want to end, rather than just fight, terrorism, work to re-establish the link between rights and responsibility and then eliminate roadblocks and empower people to be their best.
The Fool: What's the most overrated idea, person, or event in our culture?
Cliffdweller: The romantic belief that this country was founded by rugged individualists. The Pilgrims recognized the value of community and family. So did Native Americans. So did our parents. Any rugged individualists who discovered a place were quickly replaced by people who colonized it and carved communities out of the wilderness. It's time to recognize that, particularly out here in cowboy land. No man (or woman) is an island.
The Fool: How'd you find out about the Fool? (Make your answer as colorful and truthful as possible.)
Cliffdweller: Well, I checked the Motley Fool Investment Guide out of the library in Savage, MN. Were it not for the library, there's no way I would have ever come here, as I'm not the kind of guy who's going to fork out $25 to buy an investment guide written by two flaky guys wearing goofy hats. That would not be very Foolish. Anyway, I read a couple of chapters and found that we saw eye to eye and thought I'd visit the site. The rest is history.
The Fool: Tell us about your greatest personal success, not necessarily finance related.
Cliffdweller: My greatest personal success occurred on the day I realized that I could build my own business and be successful on my own terms, as opposed to those dictated by friends, family and society at large. Best of all, I found it easier to be successful by helping people. Zig Ziglar says that you can get anything you want in life as long as you help enough other people get what they want. I'm thankful that I was exposed to this way of thinking at a relatively young age.
The Fool: Briefly explain how you select stocks.
Cliffdweller: I read that Warren Buffet doesn't select stocks, rather he selects shares of companies. He doesn't look at PEs as much as he thinks like the owner of a non-public company. That makes sense to me, so I try to do the same thing. I try to focus on the things I would focus on if I was the CEO.
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