Investing on my own since 2007. Investing successfully is the most challenging activity I have ever undertaken. Books that inspired me to fire my investment adviser: The Big Investment Lie, Michael Edesess; and What Wall Street Doesn't Want You To Know, Larry E. Swedroe. The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life, Alice Schroeder: made me realize that as smart and persistent as Buffet is, he is not the genius some make him out to be. He is a flawed man, he is human, he received a lot of help and benefited from starting out in the pre-internet era. Not all his investments were successful and he uses his financial muscle to great advantage, something small retail investors cannot do.