I impatiently waited for the next day's cable. When I received it, there was no doubt: the commodity market investing information was clearer and more familiar. As though a veil was being lifted, once again the commodity market investing information
started to form before my eyes, giving me some view of the commodity's commodity.
In the days that followed my commodity market investing information became clearer and clearer; I started reading the quotes like my old self. Once more I could see that some of the stocks were stronger, others weaker. Simultaneously my "feeling" started to return. Gradually, like an invalid, I began to regain my confidence. I recovered enough courage to try to approach the market again.
But I had learned my lesson. I decided to make it a permanent rule that I must never visit a brokerage office again for commodity market investing information. Also my brokers must be prohibited from picking up the telephone and calling me. I must only have commodity market investing information by cable - and nothing else.
Even if I returned to the New York hotel, the scene of my disastrous dealings, which is within a short taxi ride off Wall Street, my instructions would be unyielding. I must place Wall Street thousands of miles away from me. Every day my brokers must send me a telegram with commodity market investing information just as if I were in Hong Kong, Karachi or Stockholm.
Also, my brokers must never quote any commodity market investing information to me, except the information that I asked for. They must not tell me about any new commodity because that would immediately come into the rumor class. I would pick new commodity market investing information information myself, as I had always done, by reading my weekly financial paper. When I saw one that interested me and seemed to be preparing for a rise, I would ask for quotations. I would only ask for one new quotation at a time. Then, as I did before, I would study it carefully before deciding if it was worth going into.
Like a man who has survived a plane crash and knows he must fly again immediately or lose his nerve, I knew only one way of making this method foolproof. I booked myself on a plane back to New York.