Investing Like a Navy SEAL

Trip Family PictureTwo of the most popular movies over the past few years have been American Sniper and Lone Survivor. These films tell the compelling stories of Navy SEALs Chris Kyle and Marcus Luttrell. I have long held a strong admiration for the SEALs tireless work ethic, perseverance, teamwork, laser sharp focus, and the personal discipline these “quiet professionals” possess.

It takes over a year of dedicated training, including completing the infamous “hell week”, to become a Navy SEAL. After becoming part of “the teams”, there is an endless progression of ongoing training to stay in world class physical and mental shape while remaining combat ready at all times. These skills and processes are personified by Chris and Marcus in American Sniper and Lone Survivor. The films provide viewers with insight into their detailed process, training, and will to persevere in most any situation.

Over the years, I have read many books and watched television programs about the NAVY SEALs. While investing is certainly not a life-or-death business, I have found similarities between the SEALs’ process and those of value investors. Both personally and at Gullane, I have spent over two decades honing and executing my value investment process. I often talk about the ability to deploy patient capital only when an investment fully qualifies both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Like the SEALs in battle, often our investment partners patient capital must weather the storms that test our investment convictions if we are to be proven correct over the long run. As the SEALs say, “it pays to be a winner.” At Gullane, we are constantly training by reading, listening, and learning about new companies and ideas to improve our investment process and circle of competence. Through this investment process, we stand ready to deploy and protect our investment partners capital in a concentrated manner that will stand the test of time.

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