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.”

《一百歲感言》 作者:楊絳 | 文城四意

我今年一百歲,已經走到了人生的邊緣,我無法確知自己還能走多遠,壽命是不由自主的,但我很清楚我快 “ 回家 ” 了 。

我得洗淨這一百年沾染的污穢回家 。我沒有 “ 登泰山而小天下 ” 之感,只在自己的小天地裡過平靜的生活 。細想至此,我心靜如水,我該平和地迎接每一天,準備回家 。

在這物慾橫流的人世間,人生一世實在是夠苦 。你存心做一個與世無爭的老實人吧,人家就利用你欺侮你 。你稍有才德品貌,人家就嫉妒你排擠你 。你大度退讓,人家就侵犯你損害你 。你要不與人爭,就得與世無求,同時還要維持實力準備鬥爭 。你要和別人和平共處,就先得和他們周旋,還得準備隨時吃虧 。 少年貪玩,青年迷戀愛 情,壯年汲汲於成名成家,暮年自安於自欺欺人 。

人壽幾何,頑鐵能煉成的精金,能有多少?但不同程度的鍛煉,必有不同程度的成績;不同程度的縱慾放肆,必積下不同程度的頑劣 。

上蒼不會讓所有幸福集中到某個人身上,得到愛情未必擁有金錢;擁有金錢未必得到快樂;得到快樂未必擁有健康;擁有健康未必一切都會如願以償 。

保持知足常樂的心態才是淬煉心智,淨化心靈的最佳途徑 。一切快樂的享受都屬於精神,這種快樂把忍受變為享受,是精神對於物質的勝利,這便是人生哲學 。

一個人經過不同程度的鍛煉,就獲得不同程度的修養、不同程度的效益 。好比香料,搗得愈碎,磨得愈細,香得愈濃烈 。我們曾如此渴望命運的波瀾,到最後才發現:人生最曼妙的風景,竟是內心的淡定與從容……我們曾如此期盼外界的認可,到最後才知道:世界是自己的,與他人毫無關係 。

via 《一百歲感言》 作者:楊絳 | 文城四意.

Elon Musk’s first wife explains what it takes to become a billionaire – Business Insider

“Shift your focus away from what you want (a billion dollars) and get deeply, intensely curious about what the world wants and needs. Ask yourself what you have the potential to offer that is so unique and compelling and helpful that no computer could replace you, no one could outsource you, no one could steal your product and make it better and then club you into oblivion (not literally). Then develop that potential. Choose one thing and become a master of it.  Choose a second thing and become a master of that.  When you become a master of two worlds (say, engineering and business), you can bring them together in a way that will a) introduce hot ideas to each other, so they can have idea sex and make idea babies that no one has seen before and b) create a competitive advantage because you can move between worlds, speak both languages, connect the tribes, mash the elements to spark fresh creative insight until you wake up with the epiphany that changes your life.

The world doesn’t throw a billion dollars at a person because the person wants it or works so hard they feel they deserve it. (The world does not care what you want or deserve.)  The world gives you money in exchange for something it perceives to be of equal or greater value: something that transforms an aspect of the culture, reworks a familiar story or introduces a new one, alters the way people think about the category and make use of it in daily life. There is no roadmap, no blueprint for this; a lot of people will give you a lot of advice, and most of it will be bad, and a lot of it will be good and sound but you’ll have to figure out how it doesn’t apply to you because you’re coming from an unexpected angle. And you’ll be doing it alone, until you develop the charisma and credibility to attract the talent you need to come with you.

Have courage. (You will need it.)

And good luck. (You’ll need that too.)”
Read more at http://www.businessinsider.my/elon-musks-first-wife-explains-what-it-takes-to-become-a-billionaire-2015-4/#ri5rQwmBLg9WsrDT.99

via Elon Musk’s first wife explains what it takes to become a billionaire – Business Insider.