Warren Buffett’s advice for a successful career and a better life

Billionaire Warren Buffett knows a thing or two about investing wealth. He also has a lot to say about building a successful career and a better life.

Here are three helpful Oracle of Omaha tips to consider for your personal and professional development:

Do what you love

During a lecture at the University of Florida Business School, legendary investor Buffett offered sage advice not often heard in the cutthroat world of business: “Find a job you love.” “You’ll learn something, you’ll be excited, and you’ll jump out of bed every morning with enthusiasm,” he says.

In other words, choose a job and career that aligns with your sense of purpose. Make it a vocation and mission in life. Therefore, money serves a greater cause: to influence people’s lives and make the world a better place.

Choose a job and career that matches your sense of purpose and make it your life’s calling and mission. Therefore, money serves a greater cause: to influence people’s lives and make the world a better place.

“I love every day. I mean, I tap dance here and I only work with people I like. There is no job in the world that is more fun than running Berkshire, and I consider myself lucky to be here,” Buffett said.

Do the things you are good at

One of Buffett’s best pieces of advice is pretty simple and could be considered a simple exercise of common sense, but it’s good to be reminded of this truth now and then. According to Buffett, success depends largely on knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses.

You don’t have to be an expert at everything, but it’s important to know where your limits are and not try to go too far outside of them.

If we were to develop Buffett’s point further, it’s that you should focus on the things you do well and avoid the risks of going too far beyond your capabilities. Leverage your strengths and skills while eliminating the waste of valuable time and energy pursuing things outside of your purview.

Build and practice good habits

During the same speech at the University of Florida School of Business, Buffett advised students to develop good habits as early as possible.

According to Buffett, the key is to catch a bad habit early and change it before it turns into something worse.

“You can get away with it a lot easier at your age than mine because most types of behavior rely on repetition. The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken,” he says.

The good news is that bad habits can be changed at any age or stage in life and career. The easiest way to do this is by changing your environment.

Are you tired of the constant criticism and negativity? Are you caught up in a spiral of gossip? If this is the environment you find yourself in, reevaluate the group of people you associate with professionally and carefully select those who contribute to your growth and well-being, rather than burdening you with negative thoughts.

Your environment can trigger certain thoughts and desires that cause you to behave in ways you don’t want to. That’s why it’s key to teach your brain to make other choices.