Why Is Warren Buffett Successful? 5 Tips for Success

Why Is Warren Buffett Successful?

YahooFinance.com recently published 5 tips to build wealth and success.  Now, I don’t know that you could really say such tips will make you successful.  What does that mean, anyway?  I think the definition of success is different to a lot of people.   But one thing I do know, building wealth, or increasing your net worth requires a lot of good financial stewardship.  For instance, if you spend all your money and never save or invest, you’ll have nothing to show for it.

Overall, YahooFinance provides some pretty good tips that even Warren Buffett has followed such as living below your means.  Mr. Buffett, worth $45 billion, does more than top notch investing.  I didn’t realize he lives in the same home he bought in 1958!  Now that’s good money management!

Here are my thoughts on why Warren Buffett is successful and how we can be too (I’m interested to hear what you think too):

Live Below Your Means.

I certainly would agree with this one and Mr. Buffett does too!  Some people who make several hundred thousand dollars a year feel like they’re poor each month.  They can hardly find extra money to do anything.  Someone with twice as little in income may have more money simply because they live below their means and don’t spend everything they earn.  Living below your means, as the article points out, is also about saving for the future.  Who wants to look up 10 years later and see absolutely no increase in wealth?  Not me!

Bounce Back From Defeat.

I point well made is to bounce back after something doesn’t go your way.  The give up attitude has to go if you want to be successful in your work.  I didn’t realize Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, as mentioned in the article.  Now, that’s a great example of someone who didn’t give up.

Have Street Smarts.

You’ll always find people interested in what you’re doing and how you’re making money.  This is the nature of the world.  The article provides some great advice in that you have to just learn to say no.  Say no a lot and study hard before saying yes.  Especially, when it comes to investing your money or purchasing financial products.  I would imagine people like Mr. Buffet have had to say no a lot!

Buy Cheap.

This has been one of Warren’s keys to investing success. It’s important to be a savvy shopper even if you have the money to spend more.  I’m proud to admit our family regularly shops consignment.  We have also bought used items at garage sales and Craigslist.  Use the same principles on a larger scale too when it comes to buying real estate and investments.  Buy when things are low in price.  Of course, this means you have to live below your means so you can save and have the cash to spend when the time is right.  I’d be willing to bet the recent economic crisis produced a lot of wealthy people because they were positioned to buy when the price was right.

Work Hard.

I don’t think you can build wealth unless you’re willing to put forth the extra effort.  At the same time, I don’t think we should let work get the best of us, but I do like the idea of working extra from time to time when I know others may be resting.  :)

What about you?  What do you think about these tips for success? Would you add any others to this list?

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  1. I think Buffett is an excellent example of how to act on order to build wealth.

    If I could add one tip it would be: Think long term

    Buffett practices this in his investing – whether it is buying a company or buying a home. Having a ‘long term’ mentality can keep us from acting irrationally and lead us to increased wealth.

    Nice summary Jason!

  2. One thing I would add is to be realistic. I think people have a skewed perception of what being “successful” is, therefore, they set goals in an unrealistic time frame with no clear action plan. If you set goals for a steady pace, you’re more likely to succeed. I see success as a constant check list and making progress.

  3. I couldn’t agree more with living below your means and buying cheap. Its a philosophy I follow everyday.

    The other one I would add though is self-confidence. To live below your means and buy cheap in our society requires you to have a bit of self-confidence, because there are so many forces pushing you to go against this.

  4. Thanks for the emphasis on WORKING HARD. A lot of people put their money on luck – and that is why there are billions of dollars of pay-offs for lotteries. Now, if only lottery players realize that they’re better off saving / investing the money they use for betting – they would be better off in the long run.

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