I read a lot of books on investing and don’t seem to be learning anything. Should I quit?

This question and answer originally appeared at Quora.

You may be reading too much variety or the wrong types of books?

Most of your investment success will come down to your own behaviour rather than the techniques of investing.

How much you save will be far more life changing than how many investment terms and techniques you understand.

Don’t fret – much of the investment world is filled with noise that will be irrelevant to your own needs and personal goals.

You should think about what you are looking to achieve in your life and how your finances will help that end, before you even pick up another investment or finance related book.

You also may need to just take some more time with the books – reread them etc.

Good luck.

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