Speculating and investing are fundamentally different, and it pays to know why.
Speculating is exciting, full of breathtaking ups and downs. If you chart it over time, it looks like a heartbeat. Probably an elevated one.
Investing, on the other hand, is slow and boring. In the short term, you may have some ups and downs. But if you chart investing over time (over many years of time), it looks like a long slow curve upward.
Speculating is like a Vegas casino. Investing is like watching grass grow.
Know which game you’re playing.