A Minute with the Masters

Colin Morgan, CEO, Key Capital
10 Questions adapted from Tim Ferriss’s book ‘Tribe of Mentors’.

01.

What is the book you’ve given most as a gift?

Barbarians at the Gate – a great read and brilliant introduction to finance.

02.

What purchase of €100 or less has impacted mostly in your life?

A referee’s whistle for underage GAA training.

 

03.

How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success?

Learned that a small issue, if not sorted quickly, can become a big problem, so be decisive and deal with issues as they come up….don’t let it fester.

04.

Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?

Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good……..perfection rarely exists and it’s better to get good at something first and then continuously improve.

 

05.

What are the best investments you’ve ever made?

Saving hard for a deposit to buy a flat when I lived in London. In reality you cannot do everything in life – owning a house (which may not be for everyone by the way) is not a right, it requires sacrifice. The same applies to starting a business or developing a career.

 

06.

What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?

I actually love driving…which is good given my 75km commute.

07.

What new belief, behaviour, or habit has most improved your life in the last five years?

Walking early on a Saturday and Sunday morning…I live in the countryside and it is a fantastic way to start the weekend days.

 

08.

What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student?

Hard skills are important, and they’ll get you noticed. But soft skills build careers. Invest in them early.

09.

What have you become better at saying no to in the last five years?

My children’s demands….and getting involved in things where we cannot add value.

 

10.

When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, what do you do?

Speak with someone you trust. It’s amazing how liberating it can be when you share a problem. A good friend or colleague will take on some of the burden and help you sort it.

 

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