Janyary 1, 2008
To our clients and friends
Lifestyles of the Rich in Spirit
Larry W. Dennis, Sr.
'08 - Your year to be great!
Happy New Year!! Before you make any new moves, this is the perfect time to reevaluate your priorities and set up your mind and heart for the most direct -- and enjoyable -- route to achieve your '08 goals.
In a rare interview, Warren Buffet, the second richest man in the world, revealed some amazing facts about his lifestyle and his philosophy of success. Here is a summary of them, for you to chew on and apply toward you own success:
- He bought his first share of stock at age 11 and he now regrets that he started too late!
- He bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from delivering newspapers.
- He still lives in the same, small 3- bedroom house in midtown Omaha that he bought after he got married 50 years ago. He says that he has everything he needs in that house. His house does not have a wall or a fence.
- He drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or security people around him.
- He never travels by private jet, although he owns the world's largest private jet company.
- His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 63 companies. He writes only one letter each year to the CEOs of these companies, giving them goals for the year. He never holds meetings or calls them on a regular basis. He has given his CEO's only two rules;
Rule #1: Do not lose any of your shareholder's money.
Rule #2: Do not forget rule number one
- He does not socialize with the high society crowd. His pastime after he gets home is to make himself some popcorn and watch television.
- Bill Gates, the world's richest man, met him for the first time only 5 years ago. Bill Gates did not think he had anything in common with Warren Buffet. So he had scheduled his meeting only for a half hour. But when Gates met him, the meeting lasted for ten hours and Bill Gates became a devotee of Warren Buffet.
- Warren Buffet does not carry a cell phone, nor has a computer on his desk.
His advice to young people:
Stay away from credit cards, invest in yourself and remember:
- Money doesn't create man, but it is man who created money.
- Live your life as simple as you are.
- Don't do what others say. Just listen to them, but do what makes you feel good.
- Don't go on brand names. Wear those things in which you feel comfortable.
- Don't waste your money on unnecessary things. Spend on those who really are in need.
- After all, it's your life. Why give others the chance to rule your life?
So here's a great model of how to maintain the riches of your spirit even as you attract material riches. Your "vital few" in '08 is to line your life up with your passion.