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10 Quotes From Warren Buffett That Will Teach You How To Be A Successful Person

10 Quotes From Warren Buffett That Will Teach You How To Be A Successful Person
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Warren Buffet knows a lot about what it takes to be successful, and over the years he’s been gracious enough to disperse much of that knowledge to the world at large. Here are ten convincing quotes about being successful from one of the world’s richest men.

1. Know Your Stuff

Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.

If someone’s a world champion player, are they really gambling when they sit down at the poker table? Warren Buffett doesn’t think so. He knows that, even when chance is involved, over time skill will win out over luck.

2. Think Things Through

I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.

A lot of businessmen and businessmen make impulsive decisions that sometimes pay off big and sometimes cost everything. Warren Buffett takes a different route than most, believing that to not only be successful but maintain that success you have to consider your choices very carefully.

3. Tread Carefully In All Matters

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.

You have to be wary in life as well as business. It’s a little scary to think about how easy it is to destroy your public image. Exercise extreme caution by weighing every action like a million dollar decision, because it might be.

4. If Things Are Bad, Don’t Make Them Worse

The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging.

When people are in a mess, they have unfortunate habits of making things messier when trying to clean things up. To be successful you need know when doing nothing is the best option.

5. Associate With The Right People

You can’t make a good deal with a bad person.

You can’t put faith in someone you can’t trust if you want to be successful in either business or life.

6. Don’t Be Too Trusting

I try to buy stock in businesses that are so wonderful that an idiot can run them. Because sooner or later, one will.

Even if you associate with the right people, they may still let you down someday. Know that all good things end, and be prepared for when the curtain falls.

7. Appreciate What Came Before

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

If you’re successful, it’s at least in part because others paved the way for you to succeed. Be thankful of those who came before and contributed to your success.

8. Know When To Jump Ship

Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.

Successful people don’t call a bet with a losing hand. They recognize when something’s sinking, and know they need to get on a new boat.

9. Habits Are Hard To Break

Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.

Make sure you cultivate good habits, because the longer you have them the less likely they’ll break.

10. Be Certain Of Your Success, Even When No One Else Is

I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute.

You should always be convinced that you will succeed. It’ll take a little longer to convince everyone else, but if you continue to believe in yourself you’ll eventually have a very persuading argument.

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Matt is a marketer and writer who shares about lifestyle and productivity tips on Lifehack.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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