If your blog is read by more than five people, eventually you’ll receive hate mail and vulgar comments. I’m no exception. I have received emails from disturbed folks encouraging me to:
Go *f&? myself.
No thanks to that either Mr. Disturbed Person.
Why don’t you &^%$ a cow and then after that, *&^% a ^$#@ while you’re *&^%?
Seek help random Internet troll.
It used to bother me a bit, but now I feel sorry for the senders. They aren’t well adjusted and have probably suffered mental trauma. So, when nastiness arrives in my inbox or comments, I hit the Delete button and hope that the sender can recover from whatever happened to them and become a better person.
In a small way, these perverted invitations from people living in their mother’s basements are a sign of success. When I receive hate mail, I smile just a little, knowing that my blog has reached a wide audience, even the crazies.
While I wouldn’t classify the comment as hate mail, this guy is clearly a jerk who had nothing constructive to add to the conversation. He was probably picked last in gym class and called rude names by childhood tormentors. Poor guy.
When I saw the comment, I considered deleting it. The guy added no value to the conversation, but perhaps he was slightly correct in calling out a flawed investing strategy.
When Mr. Snark hurled his unpleasantness my way, Apple sat around $62/share. Today it sits at $128. On top of that, it has paid dividends since the middle of 2012. Apple has been one of the best stocks to own this decade. Below is a chart that shows how it has performed since Snarkpants wrote his comment. For sake of comparison, the red line is the S&P 500:
While I would never advise anyone to own individual stocks, there is a lesson in here for everyone. The stock market is cyclical. Over the long term, it goes up, but in between there will be down times too. Don’t freak out and sell; stick to your guns. Don’t point your guns at Internet trolls either). After the dark, there will be dawn that will brighter than any previous one.
Back to Apple
Holding on to Apple this whole time was a wise decision. I am more financially successful than I ever imagined I would be and Apple is a big reason why. I bought most of my shares in January of 2007 for about $13 (accounting for the 7 for 1 split). I’ve only sold shares very recently because Apple represents too much of my portfolio (rebalancing).
I doubt Mr. Snarkyfarts still reads this blog. If he is, I’d tell him this:
How is your portfolio doing? I generally love when people think they know so much that they are rude and nasty, but then time shows their ignorance. How do you like my Apple now??
Oh wow, now I’ve sunk to his level. I promise not to do that again. Couldn’t help myself this time though.
Mr. Snark, I really do hope that life is treating you better. Be a better person and the world will reciprocate.
Addendum: My buddy Steven over at Even Steven Money published a post about the same topic yesterday. In no way did we plan this. The Universe works in strange ways on some days.
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