Here Are 3 Powerful Lessons Investors Can Adopt from Roger Federer

by Chris Lee Susanto 

22 September 2022

Roger Federer, Best of All Time?

Depends on how you see it.

Roger Federer has won more men’s singles titles at Wimbledon than anyone else thus far.

Roger has won 20 Grand Slam Singles Titles while Novak Djokovic has won 21 and Rafael Nadal, 22.

They are the big three.

It is hard to say exactly say whether Roger is the best of all time based on any statistic.

But here at Re-ThinkWealth, let’s see what powerful lessons investors can adopt from him.

#1 There is no way around hard work

“There is no way around the hard work. Embrace it.” – Roger Federer

and Michael Jordan also famously said that everybody has talent but ability takes hard work.

In investment, it is important to continue “turning the stones” or keep finding companies, one at a time, until we find that undervalued gems.

#2 The mental model/mindset is very important

“Previously I always thought it was just tactical and technique, but every match has become almost mental and physical – I try to push myself to move well. I try to push myself not to get upset and stay positive, and that’s what my biggest improvement is over all those years. Under pressure I can see things very clear.” – Roger Federer

For Roger, at first, he thought that tennis is just about tactical and technique, but over time he realized that every match has become almost mental and physical. He made it a point not to get upset and to stay positive.

In investment, being rational and cautiously optimistic is very important.

The market can say one thing but the truth could be another.

So ensure we have the right metal model/mindset when we are investing.

#3 Suffering is necessary for health

“I always believe if you’re stuck in a hole and maybe things aren’t going well you will come out stronger. Everything in life is this way.” – Roger Federer

In life and in investing, we cannot avoid change and we cannot avoid suffering.

But if we never give up, and reflect on these pains, we will come out stronger.

In life and investment, it is also this way.


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Chris Susanto

Chris Susanto

Founder of Re-ThinkWealth.com and VIM (Value Investing Mentorship Club®).

Member of the Board of Directors at Bansea, Asia’s oldest angel investment network founded in 2001, based in Singapore. He is also an Independent Director in Bansea Fund 2.

Chris started investing in stocks early at age 21 and is a big proponent of business-like stock investing – a mixture of both value and growth investing.

He invests in listed companies where there is value to be found (as long as it is still within his circle of competence), be it a turnaround, depressed, value, or quality growth company (compounders).

Some of the places where Chris has been invited to speak or has added value as a mentor or writer include Singapore Polytechnic, SMU Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE), Seedly TV, Dollars and Sense, The New Savvy, Value Walk Blog, Investment Moats, NUS Tembusu College, NUS Investment Society, CGS-CIMB Singapore, Singapore Financial Conference by NTU IIC, The Financial Coconut Podcast, Money FM 89.3 and Internationally in Myanmar.

Chris is also a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation. 

“Meditation, more than any other factor, has been the reason for what success I’ve had. Meditation leads to openness, to freedom, where a kind of intuition just comes through. You could step back and put things in perspective” – Ray Dalio on Transcendental Meditation, founder of the largest hedge fund in the world with $140 Billion under management

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