My dad sent me this a few days ago and said that it might be something I would enjoy. Of course being my dad he got that right. The email forward starts with a quote.
"I always knew I was going to be rich. I don't think I ever doubted if for a minute" - Warren Buffett
The reason this email started out was because he was interview for a one hour segment for CNBC as to why he donated $31 billion to charities. Think about that for a second 31 BILLION a lot of us have trouble giving 31$ not try to give a billion times more then that. Do not fool yourself and say it would be easier to give if you have money. There are 9 points in all but I want to touch on a few that have made me think about my own life and what I want to challenge you guys to think about to.
First, He still lives in the same small 3-bedroom house in mid-town Omaha that he bought 50 years ago. This is something I think our culture struggles with a ton is always buying more then we need. I struggle with this A TON which is always wanting more then I need. It could be as simple as food, or a phone or anything along those lines something I do not NEED but I want. I am getting better at this but we are pressed so often to WANT more then we NEED
Second, he talked about how he never holds a meeting with his CEO's or calls them on a regular basis. They do what they need to do and once a year he writes them a letter. The caption below said "assign the right people to the right jobs". This is a great business idea but even more then that it is a GREAT life motto. Having the right people in the right areas. I am talking about the people who surround you, the friends you have define who you are in a lot of ways. Think quickly what do you friends say about who you are? Are you surrounded by the right people?
Third, Warren Buffet does not carry a cell phone, nor has a computer on his desk. Look back at what I wrote in my social media post. We think we have to be connected at all times to everyone or else we will "miss" something. It is scary to think that the second richest man in the world does not have 90 forms of communication on his desk and around him.
It was these last quotes from him that hit home for me that made me think about who I was:
A. Money does not create a man but it is the man who created money
B. Live your life as simple as you are.
C. Do not do what others say, just listen to them, but do what you feel is good.
E. Do not waste your money on unnecessary things; just spend on them who really in need rather
F. After all it is your life then why give change to others to rule your life
These were points he gave to young people. Maybe I am extremely sensitive to information and learning from leaders now in my life but these made me think. A lot of you who have been following me for a while realize I ran a business this summer. I was thinking about how much money I wasted. How much money I spent on unnecessary things. But I quickly changed my though and took the focus off the past and started to look back at my day to day life. Now I am not saying we should kick everyone out of our life and not be ruled by ANYONE but I started thinking how much am I controlled? How much do I get peer pressured into things? How much do I try to make my own life complex? I do not have the answers to those questions yet but those are things I am thinking about. I want to encourage you to think about those too. I leave you with a quote from Warren Buffet:
"The HAPPIEST people DO NOT necessarily have the 'BEST' THINGS. They simply APPRECIATE the things they have"
Goodbye for now,
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