Long term investing is a great way to compound the growth of your investment assets. There are several relatively simple steps you can take to ensure that your are giving yourself the best chance to benefit from the return potential in the markets. First, make sure you are diversified and that you stay in the markets. Times of turbulence will test your wherewithal and those who can look past the short term pain will benefit from the long term gain. Second, review your portfolio on a periodic basis and rebalance as necessary. Given current technology and the low costs associated with portfolio trading, there is no excuse for unexpected or unwanted asset creep in your portfolio. Rebalancing will ensure that your portfolio never strays too far from your desired level of risk and will help smooth your ride. Third, if you don't have the time, mindset or the inclination to properly deal with the management of your portfolio, seek out some help. There are independent advisors, such as Ebersole Financial, who can help you as well as robo-advisor options from major players like Vanguard, Schwab and Betterment who might be a good fit.