Set forth below is the text of a comment that I recently put to the Goon Central site:
That’s the point, GW.
Being “overpowering” is a good thing, not a bad thing.
When you Goons say “it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it,” you are telling me to be less “overpowering.”
I am not interested.
I play to win. I LIKE hitting home runs. I want Valuation-Informed Indexing to become the dominant model. I want to see Buy-and-Hold buried 30 feet in the ground, where it can do no further harm to humans and other living things.
Do you see?
People who believe in Buy-and-Hold should be putting forward the best possible case they can. They should aim to be “overpowering.” If they are not doing that, they are letting the entire community down.
It works the same way with Valuation-Informed Indexers. We need to argue our case as forcefully as we possibly can. That’s how we help the community as a whole. The sharper we are in our arguments, the sharper the Buy-and-Holders need to be in response. The sharper everyone is, the better off we all are.
I offer zero apologies for being “overpowering.” J.D. was offering me a compliment. He didn’t intend to. But what I heard was a compliment.
And every time one of you Goons says “it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it,” I hear a compliment. You are telling me that you can tolerate the people who question Buy-and-Hold in a soft way but that my stuff is just too darn “overpowering,” so “overpowering” that it wins converts.
I want to win converts.
I hope that I can learn more about all this stuff and thereby make my stuff that much MORE “overpowering.”
If I hit 60 home runs this year, I will aim for 70 next year.
I want my team (the Valuation-Informed Indexers) to win.
End of sentence.
End of paragraph.
End of chapter.
End of story.
I play to win, man.
That’s been so going back to even BEFORE May 13, 2002. I played to win when I was posting about saving strategies too.
That can never change.
One of the things I like about you Goons is that YOU play to win. You cheat. I don’t like that part. But at least you play to win. If all the wussies on my side played to win one-tenth as much as you Goons do, we wouldn’t be in an economic crisis today.
LOTS of people see that Buy-and-Hold is b.s. The trouble all along has been that most of them are wussies.
I have wussy tendencies in other areas of my life. I am a mild-mannered reporter by nature.
But when the bell rings and it is time to post about early retirement stuff, I go into a telephone booth and become Superman, the Overpowering One.
Or at least that’s what I aim for. At least that’s always the idea.
Trying to teach me to be less “overpowering” is like trying to teach a dog to meow or to teach a cat to bark.
It never, ever, ever, works.
It ain’t in me to give this stuff anything less than my absolute best.
And, truth be told, J.D. is just the same when it comes to any subject other than stock investing. He aims to be less than overpowering when he writes about investing because of the massive social pressure he sees applied for us all to enable the Buy-and-Holders and their Get RIch Quick fantasies.
Not this boy.
Find someone else.
I’d rather be banned at every site on the internet than know in my heart that I gave the job less than 100 percent.
Say it loud — I am overpowering and I am proud!