Warren Buffett quotes page 3
If you look around you at the people you admire, you know they have certain qualities; I
mean you got friends - why do you like them? Generally, they have an upbeat attitude on
life. Generally, they are generous people. They're humorous people. They're people that do
more than their share. They're people thinking about something nice they can do for you. And
all those qualities attract you and none of those are innate at birth. I mean you can acquire
those. And then there's other people that turn you off. They have habits - they take credit
for things they didn't do, they don't show up on time, whatever it may be. They're a little
dishonest about things and if you're looking at your life at a young age like you are and you
can choose what kind of a person you can be, why not be the person you admire rather than
the person you can't stand? It's so simple.
So just write down the qualities you like, take your 5 best friends, why do you like them? And
just write down those qualities. And you will find there's no quality there that you can't have
yourself. And similarly with the 5 people you can't stand to be around - put those things down
that turn you off about those people. And if they turn you off about them, why should you
possess them? It's so simple. It's not like something complicated you think you should be
learning... but it's enormously important to have people work with you in life. They're gonna
work with you if they like you. I mean if you're in the army or something, you know, you may
work with somebody you don't like. But by and large, you're gonna get the best out of people
if they feel good about you. And it's just so easy but you gotta develop the habits early,
because you can't say "I'm gonna suddenly become a terribly attractive person when I'm 60."
It just doesn't work that way.
So pick up the right habits now, and I will guarantee you, if you actually just write down those
qualities and think about it, you will find you can have every one the attractive qualities, get
rid of the ones that are negative and you life will be different!