I am sick of hearing about Warren Buffet.
This is on the heels of two events: (1) Clients not doing what I told them to do because of something Warren Buffet said and (2) Hearing talk from people who are impressed that Buffet lives in a modest home in Omaha, NB. Oh, and (3) I have a client whose entire portoflio is Berkshire Hathaway stock. Warren Buffet is human, people, he’s smart but he’s not indestructible.
I know, he’s hugely successful and astoundingly rich, and yes, humble. Yes, he wants to leave his children “enough money that they can do anything but not enough that they can do nothing,” (I do admire that) and plans on leaving the bulk of his estate to charity (admirable) but enough already. For a little peek into the possible dark side of wealth, including Mr. Buffet’s, take a gander at Jamie Johnson’s documentary “The One Percent” (the segment about Buffet’s granddaughter begins around the 47th minute, but I encourage you to watch the entire documentary). .
People in general admire when others act with humility, and simple living is honorable, afterall. But I think this admiration comes only after there is some proof that the humble person is actually quite rich but chooses to act humbly. Otherwise, there’s no humility, right? Hmmm…
Celebrities who graciously sign autographs and allow disabled children to join them on stage are cheered but the person who isn’t a celebrity who simply does nice and kind things gets none of this admiration. Once again I hear our 11-year-old shouting the mantra of children everywhere: “It’s not FAIR!” and maybe she’s right. But as Mother Teresa wrote, “Do good anyway.”
Let’s do good and admire each other for doing good.