Warren Buffett MBA Talk | Part 1: Integrity


"Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken."

These are some of the comments from this 10 minute video.

In determining whether you succeed, there is more to it than intellect and energy and I would like to talk about that for a while.

Look for three things when hiring someone; integrity, intelligence and energy. If the person did not have the first one, the latter two would kill him because if he doesn't have integrity, you want him dumb and lazy, you don't want him smart and energetic. He focuses on the first...Integrity.

If I granted you the right to buy 10% of one of your classmates for the rest of their lifetime, what characteristics would you look for? He says if you thought about it for an hour, you would look for qualitative characteristics; the person with leadership abilities, generous, admirable etc.

If you had to go short on someone, you would not choose the person with the lowest IQ, but you would look for the person with qualities that you would not like; people who are greedy, egotistical, lazy, dishonest.

If you looked at the qualities of these two side by side, you can see that the ones that you admire are highly achievable. They are qualities of behavior, temperament and character. If you looked at the qualities on the right, the ones that you dislike, you do not have to exhibit this behavior. These are not qualities that you have to have, you can get rid of them. Most behaviors are habitual. You have a choice to behave any way you like.

Benjamin Graham looked around to people he admired. He wanted to be admired as well, so got the great idea to behave like them and soon realized there was nothing impossible about that. One can also do the same for people that exhibit qualities one dislikes and get rid of those behaviors in oneself.

All one needs to do is write down the qualities one admire and practice them until they become habitual.


The main idea of the first 10 minutes of his talk is about the qualities of a person. Warren Buffett is known to be a good judge of character and it is a major part of him selecting companies; he seeks management that are competent and honest. He understands that the integrity of management is ultimately one of the most important factors for a business to be successful. It is therefore important to understand what those kind of behaviors are. It is also equally important to have the right role models or mentors or people you admire before looking for qualities of behavior to exhibit. You can have an idea of what kind of person you will be by the people you consider your role models, so choose the right role model.

These are some of the people I admire:

1. Dr. Wayne Dyer - He assisted me greatly in changing my thoughts, which ultimately lead to a change in the way I view life. He is my spiritual mentor and I was honored to meet him a few weeks ago in New York.

2. Dr. David Hawkins - My teacher of Enlightenment, God and the Evolution of Human Consciousness.

3. Warren Buffett - My value investing and finance mentor.

- My inspiration and motivation to be the best I can be. I see 4. My parents, sisters and niece what I have become through my parents, where I am with my sisters and the need to prepare for the future through my niece. I have truly been blessed to have these people in my life.

What are some of the qualities you admire in others and who are some of your role models?

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1 Response to "Warren Buffett MBA Talk | Part 1: Integrity"

Unknown said... December 30, 2008 at 5:24 PM

These are some of the people I admire:

1. Dr. A.R. Bernard - He is my pastor and founder of the Christian Cultural Center (CCC) and the ICB (International Christian Brotherhood). It is a Christian fraternal organization that I am a proud memeber of. He teaches me how to have deep relationship with God and to care for others through Christ-likeness

2. My parents - They have made so many sacrafices in order to give me the opportunity to live a better life than they did.

3. My girlfriend - She is my everything. She has made me stronger, wiser and a better man.

Warren Buffet and others will make my list soon.

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