I was extremely privileged to have an opportunity to interview Warren Buffet for one of my book projects. He was gracious and made me comfortable during the interview. After the interview, I felt such enthusiasm for life, I was peaceful and I thought; he made me feel like I have been my only barrier. I can do what ever I want to.
I am going to paraphrase for you some of Warren’s ideas on how to live in the moment versus waiting until you win the lottery. The actual quotes and text will be in my upcoming book, APATA.
1. “I never look back.” (He said to quote him on that!!!) Every day is so much fun. And I will have fun each day fifteen, twenty years from now.
2. I am always optimistic. Unless it is death or family tragedy. Otherwise I look forward to the possibilities from each event.
3. I make decisions fast. I am wired to make fast decisions. I process things very fast and I do not mind being wrong occasionally. I find that if I spend ten hours thinking about something I am usually at the same place as I was after ten seconds.
4. Work for a person or organization that you admire and you can not get a bad result.
5. I surround myself by people who are upbeat. Do not be with people who make your stomach churn. Work around people you like, admire and trust. Then you will get the best results.
6. You can change yourself. Some people are programmed to either be very positive and jump at every moment or to sort of hang back and let events determine what happens to them. You can not change them. So let go of what you can not control and focus on what you can change – yourself.
7. (Advice for someone who is sour.) Change your attitude in a hurry because the world is not going to change for you. (He quoted Bertrand Russell: “Success is getting what you want and happiness is wanting what you get.”)
8. It pays to be enthusiastic. If you are sour on the world the world will be sour on you.
9. You do adopt to some degree the behavioral characteristics of those who are closest to you. Marry somebody whose example causes you to behave better than you otherwise you would. So pick a great spouse!!
10. Always try to make things interesting. I used to have great fun delivering papers. I went out with the attitude that I was going to enjoy it. When I collected for my paper outside I got interested in coin collecting so it made it a little more interesting to go around and collect because I would find a dime or a quarter that had a mint mark or something I did not have in my collection.
11. Find what turns you on and focus on it. You know it when you see it – you can not talk yourself into liking something. I love what I do. (He said when he was seven years old he was interested in stocks and baseball but he knew he was better at one than the other so he picked what he loved and was good at.) I recently caddied for Tiger Woods. He regularly spends twelve hours a day working on his golf game. If your are passionate about something I do not think there is anything wrong with focusing on it in a huge way.
12. Engage in a variety of activities. I have a multitude of activities that I enjoy equally so I arrange my life to have time for them all.
13. Don’t try to make silk purses out of sows’ ears. It is tough enough to make them out of silk. Do not try impossible things. However do take calculated risks then be ready to accept failure.
14. Do not overanalyze things. Actually so many things are quite simple.
15. Paint your own painting. Everyday when I get up I get to paint my painting and nobody tells me I have to use blue paint or red paint and nobody tells me I have to do a landscape or a seascape. I feel like Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel – I get to paint and it is a painting that will never be finished but every day I get to add a little something and it is the excitement of seeing that painting develop over time is what I do. It has nothing to do with money except that it has to earn decent returns over time to be a successful painting. But it is great fun not knowing exactly what I am going to paint every day.
Fifteen simple suggestions that have helped Warren Buffet to optimize his potential. It is his advice to us. So this week get out of your own way. You have each day this week to get up and paint your painting. And what great fun, to look at what you have painted at the end of each day.
Add some wonderful colors, textures, ideas and tones to your painting this week.