Oh my gosh! I am going to do my best to describe what this experience was like, but there’s no way I will be able to do it justice. Somehow I got lucky enough to be able to go on this trip with about 20 other students from my school.
It was a Q&A with Warren Buffett at Berkshire-Hathaway. In searching the Internet (the source of all truth) I was unable to determine exactly who is the richest man on earth, but Buffett is definitely in the top three and I got to sit in a room with him for 2.5 hours listening to him answer a bunch of college kids’ questions, followed by lunch and individual pictures with all of us (six schools in total).
So, I won’t bore you with all of the details, but let me just say, Warren Buffett is both brilliant and hilarious.
A few of my favorite tidbits:
In speaking about Wall Street, he joked about those who are currently there:
In speaking about failure:
One of my favorites, in reference to how lucky he has been in his life:
Seriously, he was one of the most humble people I’ve ever met, which is just incredible. Connie and I kept commenting on how he just reminded us of a grandfather. Sure, he’s loaded and brilliant, but other than that, he really is just a jolly old man.
However, he did have one moment where he, in a very understated way, showed that he knows just how good he is at what he does. Someone asked him about predicting the market and this is what he said:
The number of stories he has locked away in his mind and the detail with which he can remember them is amazing. Amazing. I feel like I got a semester’s worth of education in 2.5 hours. And what’s fascinating is that I didn’t walk away from it thinking, “I want to be as rich as Warren Buffett.” I walked away from it thinking, “I want to be like him when I’m 78. I want to have stories to share and a life full of amazing experiences. I want to not have regrets.”
Really, I keep reading over my notes in awe, both of how brilliant he is and how lucky I was to be there and have had this experience.
Another couple of great quotes…needing no explanation.