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Why Warren Buffett Embraces Not Knowing Everything and You Should Too

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While the new generation of billionaire entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk seem to get involved in everything from space travel to foreign politics, Warren Buffett, the world’s most successful investor and one of the world’s richest men, embraces not knowing everything.

The “Oracle of Omaha” spends 8 hours a day reading, doesn’t use a computer and only invests in companies and industries that he understands. He has generated a 20.9% return on his investments from 1965-2017, more than doubling the average return of the stock market!

In this article, I will look at why Buffet embraces his lack of knowledge of things like tech and complex derivatives and how the average person can apply these 2 pieces of advice to achieve more success!

The most recommended book in silicon valley

“The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Different Blueprint For Success” by William Thorndike is the most recommended book among the Silicon Valley crowd and focuses on unusual CEOs such as Harry Singleton of Teledyne and Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway whose returns for investors trounced their peers.

The book found that all of these CEOs used two rules for making decisions:

  1. They view their most important job as the allocation of resources. That sounds a little technical but basically, it means making sure that both financial resources like money, stocks, and bonds and human resources like employees, management, and talent are all being used for their best and most efficient purpose.
  2. They think like investors, not managers. While a manager might need to think about the day to day workings of a business (taking up valuable time by having to learn things like astrophysics from youtube videos for example), an investor simply has to be able to evaluate what something is worth and what others are willing to pay for it. Because of that, investors can focus on creating value to raise the overall stock price.

“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.” – Warren Buffett

Let’s look at two ways you can apply these ideas to your daily life:

1. Resource allocation can make you more successful

When I say resource allocation, what I really mean is being efficient with your money, time and energy. One of the biggest problems we have as humans is inefficiency! We waste time, energy and money by not allocating our resources correctly. Take budgeting for example. Only about 41% of people claim they use a household budget.

How can you know if you’re managing your money correctly if you don’t keep track of where it’s going? You can’t. But the greatest way we waste our resources is through wasting time. Money and energy can be replenished but time is the one resource you will never get back. How are you using your time?

Are you building a better future for yourself and your family or are you wasting it playing video games or re-watching movies you’ve already seen a hundred times? Being more aware of how you allocate your time, money, and energy while focusing on finding the best and highest use for each will help you become more successful.

2. Think like an investor and you can be more successful

A few months ago I read and reviewed the 50-year anniversary of Buffett’s letters to investors. In 50 years of incredibly well-written, funny letters, Buffet boils down his investment theory to 2 points:

  1. What is something worth?
  2. Does the price reflect value?

In the letters, Buffet revises the old analogy that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush- unless that is he writes you know exactly how many birds are in the bush and how likely they are to come out.

When thinking about all life decisions from whether or not to go back to school or start your own business, you want to think like an investor and ask yourself what is it worth you to and what price are you willing to pay to achieve this?

“It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.” – Warren Buffett

Nothing in this world is free, everything comes with a price if simply in the opportunity cost of pursuing one option over another. Asking yourself if this is something that is worth it to you and if you are willing to pay the price for pursuing it will help you think like an investor and make better decisions.

The world is full of so much information that we cannot possibly take in and understand it all. Instead of trying to learn everything about everything, Warren Buffett and other superstar outsider CEOs focus on the allocation of resources and thinking like Investors, not managers.

Which one of the principles Warren Buffett uses resonates most with you and why? Let us know your thoughts below!  

Jon Lee is a Full Stack Marketer, who specializes in helping small businesses grow to 7 figures. He also blogs about career development and hosts the A Player Podcast where he interviews “A Players” from various fields as diverse as cage fighting and neurobiology find out more at www.Aplayerpodcast.com.

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20 Ways You Can Become a Powerful Communicator

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Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.
 

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

I you want to learn how to become more confident in life then you can join my weekly mentorship calls and 40+ online workshops at AweBliss.com so you can master your life with more success.

 
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