Know thyself!

The title of this blog post is somewhat misleading because what I will write here will probably be a very small part of the quest to understand who we are. Nevertheless, I think that this question (‘who am I?’) is probably the most important question of our life; one which we will need to try to figure out throughout our lives.

What I have done personally is trying to figure out my interests and passion to try to understand myself. This helps me understand the priorities and lets me allocate time properly. So here is the way I organized my interests.

The ones that have an asterisk beside them are the ones where I feel that I have a keen interest but my knowledge is not up to the mark yet. So I will be prioritizing on them in the near term.


A. Finance
1. Equity Research
2. Behavioral Finance
3. Private Equity*
4. Venture Capital*
5. Corporate Finance
6. M&A*
7. Restructuring*
8. Valuation
B. Economics
1. Macro
a. Analysis
b. Forecasting*
c. Indicators
2. Micro
C. Accounting
1. Financial
a. Treatment
b. Manipulations*
2. Managerial*

D. Strategic Management
E. Management
F. Creativity

G. Politics*
H. Public speaking
1. Pronunciation
2. Body language
I. Writing well
1. Grammar
2. Common mistakes

J. Health
K. Religion
1. Quran meaning*
2. Arabic Recitation*

Asif Khan, CFA

Asif Khan is presently a Research Analyst (Financial Sector) for Exotix which is a frontier market focused investment bank. He has more than 6 years of work experience as equity analyst in both buy and sell side roles across Asian frontier markets. Asif is a CFA Charterholder and has a dual major in Finance & Economics from North South University.

2 thoughts on “Know thyself!

  1. I know this might be a personal question but what websites/blogs/podcasts do you recommend?
    I asked this because I believe the websites that you check and the blogs that you subscribe to do indicate what interests you.

    1. Amongst the podcasts, I really love Econtalk and Radiolab. There are some other good ones but I frequently listen to these two.

      Blogs are too many to list. If you have a specific subject that interests you I can try to recommend blogs for that.

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