A Young Man’s Dreams

When I was young, I saw the movie Sabrina with Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, and William Holden. Later in life I saw the remake. I greatly enjoy both versions, and a scene   from them that inspired one of my dreams was when Mr. Larrabee the wealthy man placed stock transactions from his car phone while his chauffeur wisely listened and learned from him.  I remember thinking as a young man, perhaps in my early teens, that I’d love to be in either of their seats because I knew in my heart even way back then that both men were creating wealth, and if I was in one of their seats I too could create it.

I recently realized that my dream had come true, with a twist. I’d learned to create wealth by studying what honest men who’d built great wealth over several decades had done. Men such as Warrant Buffett and Charlie Munger were my Mr. Larrabee. I listened, read, and learned. Now I’m a Mr. Larrabee for some of my wealth management Clients.

I realized my dream had come true when I read the tag line on my business cards:

“Wealth-Creation and Preservation

Strategies for Long-Tem Investors”

I now know it was no accident that Mr. Larrabee let his chauffeur listen and learn, and Messrs. Buffett and Munger do the same for those who want to grow as investors. They wanted to share what they’ve learned with others. I’m grateful for what I’ve learned, and share my knowledge and strategies with others.

With love,





About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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12 Responses to A Young Man’s Dreams

  1. JanBeek says:

    Sharing is what life’s all about –
    Learn from one another –
    Out of your abundant blessings,
    Give! God blesses you to be a blessing.

  2. Great header picture for this post Russ. And great wisdom within.

  3. Ann Koplow says:

    We’re all wealthier because of what you share here, Russ.

  4. You are a true believer in pay it forward and I love that.

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you. I love having such wonderful people as you in my life.

      • Russ, Same here. And I really hope all is well with the stock market plans. Clare

        • russtowne says:

          Thank you, Clare. I got lucky with all the recent turmoil in the markets. I took advantage of the Brexit volatility with some of the cash I’d set said for such inevitable events, and have enjoyed the fruit of those decisions in the last two market days. I said “lucky” because in my opinion short term gains or losses often have far more to do with luck than skill, and it is only in long-term gains or losses that investment wisdom or foolishness is demonstrated. Still, I’d rather have luck on my side than against me. Thank you for your good wishes in that regard.

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