Among the many wonderful things about being a Warren Buffett devotee is that the man’s wisdom provides life and money lessons in equal measure. Over his long and incredibly successful career, Buffet's integrity and simplicity have in turn informed his purposeful life. Some famous quotes from Buffet over the years have been "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently."
In Chapter 16 of 19 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, New York City reporter Yoav Gonen answers "How Have You Learned to Adapt When Things Have Not Worked Out as Planned?" Gonen shares how having a Plan B backup plan in place is very useful writing newspaper stories. In his education beat reporter job role, storylines shift and given deadline nature of work, Gonen uses a backup plan to make sure he has something for his editors even if the main story does not work out.
If you want to get the most out of a networking event, remember you must have an agenda. Remember the five p's: Prior, Planning, Prevents, Poor, Performance. When you walk into a networking event, stand off to the side of the door and scan the room, look for people you most like to meet. Pick out just two or three. Stay away from those two areas which I call the traps: the bar and the buffet.
In Chapter 5 of 14 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, Moo.com CEO Richard Moross answers "How Are Your Aspirations Changing As Your Experience Grows?" After nearly ten years building a successful and admired company and achieving additional professional goals, including joining Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and joining a board of a public company, he shifts his aspirations to his personal life. In particular he looks to make sure his business life does not take away from life goals.
Entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa says one of the best things he ever did was treat his employees “like family”. They returned his kindness with loyalty when things got tough. His wife even bought Christmas gifts for their children, he says.
In Chapter 16 of 23 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, author and public speaker Simon Sinek answers "What Do You Find Are the Keys to Managing a Busy Schedule and Getting Things Done?" At this point in his career, he has developed his strengths and knows how to give responsibility for things that are not core strengths to others he trusts. He notes this is something you learn and why it is important that Gen Y and Millennials first invest time doing many things to find their strengths.
In Chapter 6 of 14 in his 2012 interview, Internet entrepreneur Joe Stump answers "How Have You Learned to Adapt When Things Have Not Worked Out As Planned?" Over time, Stump follows the idiom "don't cry over spilt milk" and not to get hung up on things that cannot be changed. Stump keeps his composure through difficult times and continue starting, building, and advising companies. Joe Stump is a serial entrepreneur based in Portland, OR. He is CEO and co-founder of Sprint.ly.
In Chapter 3 of 19 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, New York City reporter Yoav Gonen answers "What Did You Learn in Your First Job After College That is Still Relevant Today?" In his first job after college, Gonen waits tables working at a Philadelphia restaurant called Alligators. Waiting tables pushes him to trust himself learning new things such as carrying a tray full of drinks over your head, especially when you do not have a choice. Yoav Gonen is a reporter for the New York Post.
In Chapter 11 of 15 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, media executive Mark Graham answers "How Have You Learned to Adapt When Things Have Not Worked Out as Planned?" At age 40 and nearly 20 years into his career, Graham shares how he has had his share of ups and downs. He works through the challenges by staying focused on the levels of competency and effort he exhibits in his pursuits. Regularly reflecting on past failures and successes also helps him analyze situations.
In Chapter 8 of 20 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, social entrepreneur Courtney Spence answers "How Have You Learned to Adapt When Things Have Not Worked Out as Planned?" Spence finds being present in the moment and not dwelling too much on the past helps her stay adaptive and flexible to the twists and turns life presents. Social entrepreneur and storyteller Courtney Spence founded 501c3 nonprofit Students of the World (SOW) to shine a light on progress through video and media.