Wisdom Acquisition is a Moral Duty

9 Jun

Slide1Recently I had the chance to watch a documentary on HBO about Warren Buffet.   I’m enamored at how grounded he is, and amused how simplistic he has made his path to becoming so wealthy.

As with all great leaders he relies on his great people around him.  Charlie Munger has worked with Buffet for decades and in a speech he outlined 10 ideas that allowed his success in life.

One of those ideas is “Wisdom Acquisition is a Moral Duty.”  To dig a little deeper, to him this means becoming wiser  is your moral duty, not something that you do just to advance in life.  It means that you’re hooked for lifetime learning. Munger says he constantly sees people rise in life who are not the smartest, sometimes not even the most diligent, but they are learning machines, they go to bed every night a little wiser than when they got up and boy does that help, particularly when you have a long run ahead of you.

Based on every article I’ve read about leading sales individuals, curiosity is always listed as one of the top 3 traits.  This story mirrors that to perfection.  As we continue to grow, think about how you can strive to grow.   Do you have industry friends that have found success and can learn from?   Are their people in other industries that have a unique perspective?  Look for those opportunities, an others, to grow.

Personally, I rely on a many friends and mentors, but my favorite is an Army Ranger friend who helps me understand how they lead, learn and develop.


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