who to be friends with

Being in a room with Buffett, Spier explained, you realize he has this “prodigious intelligence, incredible intensity, and amazing simplicity.” Just being in a room with Buffett was a lesson itself.

“I think the air vibrates differently around some people,” Spier said, adding, “Leadership is the way you make people feel when they’re in a room with you.”

One takeway was to surround yourself with the right people. It not about trying to be that person, but rather learning from them.

Buffett told Spier and Pabrai: “Hang out with people better than you, and you cannot help but improve.”


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