Jim Rogers was the interview in this week's Barron's. In addition to having said he had been bearish on Russia for 46 years and that "it's astonishing to me that in the last decade or so, politicians all over the world have said the problem of having too much debt should be solved with even more debt" when asked about Japan, he offered the following about life in general;
You've got to learn a foreign language. At least one! This is not 1953. America's relative position in the world will continue to decline, and Americans must know about and engage the rest of the world. If I can do just one thing, I would shake up the American education system and make Americans learn more about the world. We have the largest debt in the world. The days when we can get away with not caring about the world are coming to an end.
I take this as being more than learn a language. I take him to be saying invest in yourself time-wise by continuing to learn and keep your life options as open as possible. I would personally add to commit to some meaningful volunteerism.
Finally he had one other tidbit that I thought was very constructive;
I cannot invest the way I want the world to be; I have to invest the way the world is.