Alpesh Patel’s Political Sketchbook: The Politics of Wealth

Alpesh Patel Wednesday 15th March 2023 08:52 EDT

Why is teaching wealth creation in our schools so taboo? I gave a TEDx talk this past week at Haberdasher’s School which thankfully has no such qualms. I used my book, the Mind of a Trader (Financial Times), as the basis of the talk and it fit into my Campaign for a Million ( to teach a million people to be better investors.

All our schools should teach the elements of success. This is an outline of what I said,

“Today, I come to you with a message that I believe is of utmost importance. It is a message about the mindset of wealth, and the lessons that we can learn from the world's best traders about achieving success and happiness in life.

Many of us have been taught to associate wealth with negative connotations. We have been taught that money is the root of all evil, that the pursuit of wealth is selfish and greedy, and that financial success is something to be ashamed of.

But my dear friends, I am here to tell you that this couldn't be further from the truth. Wealth is not just about having money; it is about having the discipline, focus, and risk management skills necessary to create and maintain it.

The lessons from top traders extend beyond the world of finance. They teach us about the importance of discipline, perseverance, and a growth mindset in achieving any type of success. They teach us about the habits and qualities of successful individuals in any field, and how we can apply them to our own lives.

My dear friends, success is not a destination, but a journey of discipline, hard work, and perseverance. It is a mindset that can be developed and honed over time. The most successful individuals in any field share a common mindset of growth, learning, and continuous improvement. They understand that progress is not always linear, but that setbacks and failures can be used as opportunities for growth.

 To be successful in any aspect of life, we must be willing to take calculated risks, and to learn from both our successes and our failures. We must be willing to challenge our beliefs and assumptions, and to embrace the unknown and the unexpected.

 My dear friends, the road to success is never easy, but the habits and qualities of successful individuals can be learned and developed over time. It is about taking action and staying committed to the journey, even in the face of obstacles and setbacks. It is about building strong relationships and giving back to the community.

 So I urge you, my dear friends, to adopt a mindset of wealth, and to apply the lessons from top traders to your own lives. Let us not be afraid to pursue success and happiness, but let us do so with the discipline, focus, and risk management skills necessary to create a life of purpose and meaning.

 Thank you, my dear friends, and may we all strive for a life of wealth and fulfilment.”

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