November 10, 2014
So when he starts doling out career advice, we listen.
In a series on Fortune in which CEOs offer their best advice, the Sage of Omaha counseled young women on how to advance their careers.
But we think it applies to everybody.
“You do the same thing a male will do,” Buffett said. “You follow your passions. You find something you love.”
By doing that, the logic goes, you’ll bring more energy to your work than everybody else.
“The truth is, so few people really jump on their jobs, you really will stand out more than you think,” Buffett said. “You will get noticed if you really go for it.”
In this way, Buffett’s advice parallels what comedian Steve Martin says to people who want to break into show business: “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”
For five strategies for doing just that, go here.
So, still think not standing out and being noticed, in a POSITIVE way (because standing out in a NEGATIVE way will most surely get you F-I-R-E-D), is the way to go? We must repeat this: Any time Warren Buffet speaks, listen. Also, check out the list of books that he has read or is currently reading. Being successful requires you to continue to learn and improve and it doesn’t necessarily mean higher education! Always think of this: self-improvement.
What do you think? Love it? Hate it? Want more of it? By all means, let us know!
Until next time…
Drake Baer reports on strategy, leadership, and organizational psychology at Business Insider. He is the co-author of Everything Connects: How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation, and Sustainability. Before joining BI, Drake was a contributing writer at Fast Company. Before that, he spent years exploring the world.