Perseverance—for a Decade!—Paid Off

Howard Marks is a successful billionaire investor who cofounded Oaktree Capital in 1995. As of today, Oaktree has over $170 billion in assets under management, more than 1,000 employees, and offices worldwide.

Marks is known as a shrewd investor and for sharing his insights on financial matters in widely read memos since 1990. It’s said that many notable investors, including Warren Buffett, look forward to reading these memos.

I recently watched an interview in which Marks shared an interesting fact. Between 1990 and 2000, he didn’t receive a single response when he sent out his memos. Utter silence. People didn’t even acknowledge receiving them. But Marks continued to write them. After more than a decade, people began paying attention. Thirty years later, his memos are highly anticipated and widely read.

Marks’s memos are a great reminder that good things don’t always happen overnight. Marks put in consistent work for over a decade before his writing efforts began to pay off.