By Michael J Griffin
Warren Buffet celebrated his 90th this week. Who made him a birthday cake? His mentee Bill Gates. Like Bill, we all can learn from the life, wisdom and humility of the world’s 7th richest person. Below are some of Warren’s words of wisdom, and after, there is a link to a number short videos assembled by Forbes Magazine on Warren’s insight to life and relationships.
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”
“The only way to get love is to be lovable. It’s very irritating if you have a lot of money. You’d like to think you could write a check: ‘I’ll buy a million dollars’ worth of love.’ But it doesn’t work that way. The more you give love away, the more you get.”
“Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be a more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.”
“The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging.”
“Cash … is to a business as oxygen is to an individual: never thought about when it is present, the only thing in mind when it is absent.”
“I just sit in my office and read all day. I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business.”
“Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving.”
“I believe in giving my kids enough so they can do anything, but not so much that they can do nothing.”
“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”
“It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.”
“Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.”
“No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.”
WOW! If we could just practice these pieces of wisdom, how successful we would be! But there is more. Forbes has produced a series of short videos of Warren’s wisdom. Click on the link below to listen and learn from the Sage of Omaha.
Have a great week living the wisdom of Warren Buffet. Be safe. Be healthy. Be wise. Give hope to others.
Michael J Griffin
Founder of ELAvate
John Maxwell Team Founder