Sean Seshadri has built a reputation as one of the most influential traders on the U.S. stock market after taking a less than traditional route to success. The career of the investment specialist did not begin in the financial sector but instead found him attending the prestigious Weill Medical School at Cornell University. After becoming a successful physician, Sean Seshadri found himself drawn to the financial markets initially to expand his portfolio for the future. The focus of the doctor soon shifted to exploring the markets on a daily basis over his medical sector success. Seshadri would soon decide his work in finance was a passion and set about offering advice to friends and family. Eventually, Seshadri would begin writing blogs and craft a career as an investment advisor to the public.
Where did the idea for investing come from?
After establishing my medical practice, I hoped to secure the financial future of my family by expanding my investment portfolio. The more I began exploring the financial markets I began to feel my brokers were underperforming with my funds, so I began to make my own financial decision. Eventually, my investments were taking up more time than my medical work, so I decided to begin advising others full-time.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
My day starts early, around six in the morning is the usual time I get out of bed. Before I begin work, I like to take a walk or jog to take advantage of the Florida weather. I spend the rest of the morning monitoring the markets and catching up on the financial news to identify trends for the future. After making my moves on the markets, I will spend much of the afternoon writing my blog or working with my clients to further their portfolio’s. I usually stop working around seven at night when I spend time with my family. Productivity is not a problem when you are working in a sector you feel passionately about.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I do my research when I have an idea about a trend or an area of interest. The more I know about a sector, the better equipped I am to make my ideas count.
What’s one trend that excites you?
It is impossible to ignore cryptocurrency and the Blockchain any longer. As an investment advisor, I like to think I am open to the developments in the markets. In the long term, I feel the Blockchain could become more important to business and investing than cryptocurrency.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I think my work ethic is my most important habit. Most of the time, I refuse to give up on an idea until I have tried to make it a success in every possible way. My philosophy is to work harder than my rivals to achieve success for the short and long-term.
What advice would you give your younger self?
To keep on plugging away no matter how many obstacles are put in your way. Many people question whether I should have completed my medical studies or focused solely on finance. However, I believe my past influences every aspect of my life today.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Listen. We often become so caught up in the way we want to create a business or grasp an opportunity we forget to listen to experienced voices. Listen to others and choose which advice you want to trust.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
I believe maintaining my integrity has been integral to growing a successful business. When I began exploring the financial markets, I often felt my advisor was keeping some information back from me. Hopefully, my clients know I share my tips and advise on an impartial and independent way.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Building a business is hard and, as entrepreneurs, we all face setbacks along the road to success. I found myself making some bad investment choices soon after starting my work as an investment advisor because of the time I was putting into advising others. I refocused my efforts and set out a daily schedule I still stick to which makes it easier for me to be the best I can as an entrepreneur.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
I hope somebody will come up with a way to successfully blocking annoying marketing calls. On a daily basis, I must get four or five calls, and despite joining different no call lists, I still get calls on a regular basis.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
I took my kids to the zoo for around $100. It was a great way to relax and reduce my levels of stress.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive? How do you use it?
Using Dropbox has changed my career for the better. Being able to share my ideas and documents with a safe area of storage helps me work with editors and clients safely and securely.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
One of my favorite books on business is “The Oracle Speaks” by David Andrews. Exploring the work of the billionaire investor, Warren Buffett through interviews is an interesting way of working out what makes him such a success as an investor.
What is your favorite quote?
“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” Warren Buffett has been a major influence on my decisions and gives golden nuggets of advice like this all the time.
• Sean Seshadri is a former medical physician who has switched his focus to investing.
• Seshadri believes maintaining his integrity is key to building relationships with clients.
• The investment specialist takes his inspiration from billionaire Warren Buffett.
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