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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

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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Last Updated on February 21, 2019

How to Stop Information Overload

How to Stop Information Overload

Information overload is a creature that has been growing on the Internet’s back since its beginnings. The bigger the Internet gets, the more information there is. The more quality information we see, the more we want to consume it. The more we want to consume it, the more overloaded we feel.

This has to stop somewhere. And it can.

As the year comes to a close, there’s no time like the present to make the overloading stop.

But before I explain exactly what I mean, let’s discuss information overload in general.

How Serious Is Information Overload?

The sole fact that there’s more and more information published online every single day is not the actual problem. Only the quality information becomes the problem.

This sounds kind of strange…but bear with me.

When we see some half-baked blog posts we don’t even consider reading, we just skip to the next thing. But when we see something truly interesting — maybe even epic — we want to consume it.

We even feel like we have to consume it. And that’s the real problem.

No matter what topic we’re interested in, there are always hundreds of quality blogs publishing entries every single day (or every other day). Not to mention all the forums, message boards, social news sites, and so on.

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The amount of epic content on the Internet these days is so big that it’s virtually impossible for us to digest it all. But we try anyway.

That’s when we feel overloaded. If you’re not careful, one day you’ll find yourself reading the 15th blog post in a row on some nice WordPress tweaking techniques because you feel that for some reason, “you need to know this.”

Information overload is a plague. There’s no vaccine, there’s no cure. The only thing you have is self-control.

Luckily, you’re not on your own. There are some tips you can follow to protect yourself from information overload and, ultimately, fight it.

But first, admit that information overload is really bad for you.

Why Information Overload Is Bad for You

Information overload stops you from taking action. That’s the biggest problem here.

When you try to consume more and more information every day, you start to notice that even though you’ve been reading tons of articles, watching tons of videos and listening to tons of podcasts, the stream of incoming information seems to be infinite.

Therefore, you convince yourself that you need to be on a constant lookout for new information if you want to be able to accomplish anything in your life, work and/or passion. The final result is that you are consuming way too much information, and taking way too little action because you don’t have enough time for it.

The belief that you need to be on this constant lookout for information is just not true.

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You don’t need every piece of advice possible to live your life, do your work or enjoy your passion.

How to Stop Information Overload (And Start to Achieve More)

So how to recognize the portion of information that you really need? Start with setting goals.

1. Set Your Goals

If you don’t have your goals put in place, you’ll be just running around grabbing every possible advice and thinking that it’s “just what you’ve been looking for.”

Setting goals is a much more profound task than just a way to get rid of information overload. Now by “goals” I don’t mean things like “get rich, have kids, and live a good life”. I mean something much more within your immediate grasp. Something that can be achieved in the near future — like within a month (or a year) at most.

Basically, something that you want to attract to your life, and you already have some plan on how you’re going to make it happen. So no hopes and dreams, just actionable, precise goals.

Then once you have your goals, they become a set of strategies and tactics you need to act upon.

2. Know What to Skip When Facing New Information

Once you have your goals, plans, strategies and tasks, you can use them to decide what information is really crucial.

First of all, if the information you’re about to read has nothing to do with your current goals and plans, then skip it. You don’t need it.

If it does, then ask yourself these questions:

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  • Will you be able to put this information into action immediately?
  • Does it have the potential to maybe alter your nearest actions/tasks?
  • Is it so incredible that you absolutely need to take action on it right away?

If the information is not actionable in a day or two, then skip it.

(You’ll forget about it anyway.)

And that’s basically it. Digest only what can be used immediately. If you have a task that you need to do, consume only the information necessary for getting this one task done, nothing more.

You need to be focused in order to have clear judgment, and be able to decide whether some piece of information is mandatory or redundant.

Self-control comes handy too. It’s quite easy to convince yourself that you really need something just because of poor self-control. Try to fight this temptation, and be as ruthless about it as possible – if the information is not matching your goals and plans, and you can’t take action on it in the near future, then SKIP IT.

3. Be Aware of the Minimal Effective Dose

There’s a thing called the MED – Minimal Effective Dose. I was first introduced to this idea by Tim Ferriss. In his book The 4-Hour BodyTim illustrates the minimal effective dose by talking about medical drugs.

Everybody knows that every pill has a MED, and after that specific dose, no other positive effects occur, only some negative side effects if you overdose big.

Consuming information is somewhat similar. You need just a precise amount of it to help you to achieve your goals and put your plans into life.

Everything more than that amount won’t improve your results any further. And if you try to consume too much of it, it will eventually stop you from taking any action altogether.

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4. Don’t Procrastinate by Consuming More Information

Probably one of the most common causes of consuming ridiculous amounts of information is the need to procrastinate. By reading yet another article, we often feel that we are indeed working, and that we’re doing something good – we’re learning, which in result will make us a more complete and educated person.

This is just self-deception. The truth is we’re simply procrastinating. We don’t feel like doing what really needs to be done – the important stuff – so instead we find something else, and convince ourselves that “that thing” is equally important. Which is just not true.

Don’t consume information just for the sake of it. It gets you nowhere.

The focus of this article is not on how to stop procrastinating, but if you’re having such issue, I recommend you read this:

Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

Summing It Up

As you can see, information overload can be a real problem and it can have a sever impact on your productivity and overall performance.

I know I have had my share of problems with it (and probably still have from time to time). But creating this simple set of rules helps me to fight it, and to keep my lizard brain from taking over.

I hope it helps you too, especially as we head into a new year with a new chance at setting ourselves up for success.

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