I have been "managing" my portfolio for the past ten years. Managing in quotes because I didn't do very much for myself. Instead, I listened to the advice of family and friends and the talking heads on TV. My wake-up call came a few years ago when I calculated my annualized return and discovered I did little better than a savings account. I decided that my process was not working. I would often swing for the fences by buying small companies, only to make paper profits and lose them. I had no buy or sell discipline and that was hurting my returns. I embarked on a journey to overhaul my investment process. I read books and online articles (a lot of Seeking Alpha) to learn about other people's processes. I made myself a model in MS Excel that at least acts as a baseline for decision-making and helps instill discipline in my process. By using this model my returns have improved considerably. Value investing is a philosophy that sits well with me, and I'll say I identify most with it. Not exclusively, but it's generally what I look for. It's funny that when I started swinging for singles and doubles instead of home runs my returns increased. My journey is still in its early stages, only three years in (and in a rising market, to boot). I will have to wait and see where the next 10 years take me. For now, I'm happy with my new process and recent results.