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Hey Fools,

I was recently invited on a popular podcast called Choose FI (Financial independence) where I discussed the merits of picking your own stocks vs. going with an index fund.

The FI community tends to be full of investors who are against picking your own stocks because "you can't beat the market". I did my best to share a few reasons on why professional money managers often fail to beat the market and talk about why individual investors like us can succeed.

I wasn't able to get into the nuts & bolts of how to pick great stocks, but if I'm invited back to the show to do so I will expand on many of the Foolish principles that we follow to find and invest in great stocks.

Many thanks to several investors who frequent this board who helped me prepare for the show. I did my best to defend those of us that are crazy enough to think that they can actually beat the market by picking our own stocks!

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