Many people think about their stock investments as simply pieces of paper
Many people think about their stock investments as simply pieces of paper (physical or digital) and don't go much deeper than that. On the contrary, good investors act like owners of real live businesses, with employees, customers, suppliers, market conditions, and competitors. They carefully select their companies to invest in with an owner mindset and then hold their positions for as long as possible.
If you buy individual businesses instead of ETFs or Mutual Funds, spend a little time getting to know the company you are buying. It will be well worth your time and investment. What you should aim to do is buy great companies, don't overpay and do nothing. It has been proven that individual investors that are less active in the market do better than their more active peers. The trick is spending the time to find great companies, not overpaying and then sticking with them as long as you can. You then get to ride on the coattails of success of these companies