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For Master of Finance Grads, Five Traits For Career and Life

Rigorous finance training offers five traits that are also useful in everyday life, said MIT Sloan professor Deborah Lucas. The best investors:

  • See the world as it is, rather than as they want it to be.
  • Understand that risk must be managed, and cannot be ignored.
  • Learn from opposing points of view and a variety of perspectives.
  • Look beyond conventional wisdom.
  • Reverse their positions, if proven wrong.

“Looking back, those are the lessons that make me feel so personally lucky for [being] in finance,” Lucas told the 114 graduates of the Master of Finance Class of 2017 at a convocation ceremony in Cambridge, MA, on June 8.

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