Why is a Chinese Billionaire so Interested in a Psychopath Movie?

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Edition 54 - July 14, 2019

The Chinese billionaire told us to watch "The Silence of the Lambs." Yes, the old school mystery movie made back in 1991. If you haven't seen it, it's a movie about a soon-to-be FBI agent analyzing a psychiatrist turned psychopath in hopes of finding out information about a serial killer. 

So why would the Chinese billionaire recommend a psychopath movie?

So we get a better understanding of how people make decisions.

In the movie, there is a distinct conversation being led by the psychopath to help the FBI catch an on-the-loose serial killer. While the FBI agent thought she was going to interrogate the psychopath, the psychopath was actually interrogating her. He began to ask her questions like, "what was your worst childhood memory?" and "why are you trying to become an FBI agent?" all for reasons to study her trustworthiness.

In doing so, he establishes a baseline to understand how she makes a decision. As a result, she learns the strategy for the decision-making process of the serial killer which boiled down to understanding one thing: a person's nature.

All decisions boiled down to nature. It's how a person thinks. It's why a person develops a particular character. It's why a person does the things he/she does.

A huge part of investing is an investment in people. How do you spend time with the right people? Is the CEO of a company the right person to lead that company? Can I trust a person to borrow money?

Your answers to these questions lie in the person's nature.

If you can truly understand a person, you will have a better answer to if you are making the right investment.

What does it take for you to develop that skillset? Maybe watching the movie is a good place to start :)

-BK