“There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think that it will look good on your résumé. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age?”
Very early in the book, the author makes you feel like you are sitting with your grandfather while he talks you through how to live life in the best way you can (as they often do).
Warren Buffett’s accomplishments are unequaled. As often recited by publications, interviewers and himself, he owes his success to diligence, integrity, and that most elusive commodity of all (according to him), common sense. The quotations in this book demonstrate Warren’s pragmatic approaches to investments and life, as well as provides useful illustrations that every investor – novice or pro – can follow.
The quotes, curated from an assortment of sources, include personal conversations, corporate reports, interviews, and memoirs. The great thing about it is that the authors give short explanations for each quote and then use examples from Buffett’s own business activities to portray his words at work.
If I were to pull out as fave, without spoiling the book for you, I’d say it’s quote no.55, “no matter how great the talent or effort, some things just take time: You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.”
As a 25-year old who is, more often than not, caught up in the sauce of deciding if I am supposed to have it all, know it and be it all or, if I m going to treat my mid 20’s like the learning experience that is, this quote is as soothing is a sip of warm honey tea gliding down my throat. At the end of the day, time is the biggest influence in all equations.
Each page inspires, amuses, and forces the mind to think rationally (and creatively at the same time). With priceless offerings of easy to digest principles of life and investment, once I figure my taxes out, I know I’ll be enthused enough to keep practicing, as I learn.