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7 Acceptances (Not Resolutions) to Live By in 2017

I wish you a very happy, healthy, peaceful, and fulfilling 2017.

Life is short (it’s already almost six years since I started Safal Niveshak), so let me not waste another moment and thank you for being here for me.

As we begin 2017, let’s not start with New Year resolutions that anyways don’t last till 5th of January. Let’s start with some acceptances that you should come to terms with in 2017 and beyond.

Print what follows below – Your Note of Acceptance as an Investor – and look at it every day. It might help you deal better with the reality of the investing world.

Here it goes…

[My Note of Acceptance as an Investor]

  1. I will act stupid and envious at times and make mistakes, how much ever intelligent I am, and whatever resolution I make to avoid all mistakes this year.
  2. I, or anyone else, have no clue about the impact of macroeconomic or socio-political events on my investments.
  3. I, or anyone else, cannot predict the future of markets with any degree of accuracy, however certain things look like.
  4. I will lose a lot of money over time if I invest on tips, in bad businesses, with bad managements, and in expensive stocks.
  5. I may create wealth from stock market in the long run only if I practice patience in owning good businesses, not when I chase multibagger returns.
  6. Luck will play an important role in my investing, and especially when I make high returns in quick time.
  7. However good my investment process is, the outcome at times may not be to my liking.

Finally, it’s good to admit and accept that the future is inherently unknown and unknowable, and that there is no point blaming “uncertainty” for your investment mistakes and losses. Relax, and learn to appreciate the thrill of finding out what happens next. That’s the best part of being a stock market investor.

What you can control is your own behavior – and only to a certain extent – and how you respond to whatever happens around you. For all things outside your control – including return on your investment – there is no point fearing the future.

Stay happy, healthy, and peaceful.

Happy New Year!

P.S. The idea of this post comes from here.

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About the Author

Vishal Khandelwal is the founder of Safal Niveshak. He works with small investors to help them become smart and independent in their stock market investing decisions. He is a SEBI registered Research Analyst. Connect with Vishal on Twitter.


  1. Bhavik Kakkad says:

    Hi Vishal,

    Happy New Year!

    Thanks for this. This is so apt that I think it is applicable not only for investing but also to any aspect of life and all the decisions one makes! It reminds us that we should be humble and accept things that we can’t change, seek courage to change things that we can; seek wisdom to understand the differences between the two.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Vishal,

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

    What an awesome way to start the year. I think it is extremely prudent to accept the reality rather than make some unachievable resolutions. I liked your blog post very much. I have taken a screen shot of your 7 acceptances and for the next 1 month I will repeat it in my morning affirmations.

    Thanks again for everything you do.

  3. D S MEENA says:

    Thank you and happy new year

  4. Wishing you and all your readers and very happy 2017 ahead. May the tribe increase. Also understanding that many things are beyond our control helps us be more at peace with ourselves. Nice post.

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