I was thinking about the thread on poor Kate and Matt Moloney where YIP selected them as the winners for investors of the year in 2012 for building a quick portfolio by heavily leveraging into mining towns. Unfortunately, we all know this did not end well in a relatively short term by property investment standards. At the time, Kate & Matt could have only had visions for high growth rates and fantastic opportunity, but also too heavily committed to one area. Were they driven to achieving high goals via aggressive action, or, did greed play a part in the downfall. Not wanting to judge anybody as this can happen to anybody and greed is difficult to resist at times when it seems you can simply reach out and grab it if you choose to. Many things come in to play here, such as your risk tolerance, but also having a 2nd and 3rd safety net in case things turn ugly, if you choose to play aggressively. We've had a short period of aggressive accumulation a few years ago and thankfully came out well, although we also had a very strong business income to support this too. After settling a bit, admittedly still greedy, but very patiently greedy now rather than aggressively. The lesson from this may be that if you think you're going too fast, best to just stop for a minute and reassess before you get out of control and lose sight of what's really happening.