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Tap Dancing To Work ~ Warren Buffett on practically everything from 1966 to 2012 ~ compiled by Carol Loomis

For Warren Buffett Fans this Book is a Must Possess

Carol Loomis’s “Tap Dancing To Work ~ Warren Buffett on practically everything from 1966 to 2012”

I read it this week end in one sitting till 2 am Sunday Morning !

Warren Buffett ~ Tap Dancing To Work

How Warren Buffett got his first Stock Book at Age 8 and his first Share Purchase at Age 11 ! ~ how he was rejected by Harvard ~ and got accepted at Columbia to study under his ‘Intellectual Father’ Benjamin Graham ~ tried all stock trading methodologies including technical ~ how he returned funds to investors in 1969 and suggested they invest in municipal bonds as he saw no returns from Equities ! ~ how he never invests looking at macros~ how he invested US $ 500 Million in Petro China on just reading the Annual Report ! and got out inside years at superb gains before the fall  but how these gains set off the Loss suffered on another Petrol Share purchase of Conoco at a high cost in 2007 and 2008~ how he met Bill Gates who only came for the day spend gathering of a few at his Mothers because he had promised her !

Have reviewed the book in much more detail on my company website ~ Check it Out

Better Yet  is you read the Book

And those who want Warren Buffett’s latest Investment Insights and our extensive take on his 2012 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Letter that was issued earlier this month on March 1,2013 and whether Shareholders have benefited,  you can visit the coverage here 

Cheers !

You My Friend Can Make More Money ! But You Cant Make More TIME !

Pastor Rick Warren ~ Author of the best selling 'The Purpose Driven Life ~ What on Earth Am I'm Here For ?'

Inspirational Quotes from Rick Warren,Author of  The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for?

Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America’s largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller “The Purpose Driven Life.” His book, “The Purpose Driven Church,” was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.

“Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. It is not enough to just say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are worthless. “My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.” Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is “T-I-M-E.” 

we are product of our past but we don’t have to be prisoners of it”

“Frankness is not a license to say anything you want, wherever and whenever you want. It is not rudeness.”

“Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.
I don’t know all the keys to success, but one key to failure is to try to please everyone.”

“Resentment always hurts you more than it does the person you resent. While your offender has probably forgotten the offense and gone on with life, you continue to stew in your pain, perpetuating the past. Listen: those who hurt you in the past cannot continue to hurt you now unless you hold on to the pain through resentment. Your past is past! Nothing will change it. You are only hurting yourself with your bitterness. For your own sake, learn from it, and then let it go.”

“Your value is not determined by your valuables, and God says the most valuable things in life are not things!”

Richard Branson’s ‘Screw Business As Usual’ is fairly interesting but not as racy and peppy as his earlier books

Richard Branson’s  “Screw Business As Usual” ~ Is written in first person in his signature racy style ~ yet found it not as racy and peppy as his earlier books ~ more an encouraging pat for many he believes are making a difference to Planet Earth and the Species,including Humans,on it  and for some a clear ‘plug’

Many of those who read it may view it more like a Compilation Endeavour of Social,Economic and Environmental Issues that dog our World and how these are being tackled by enterprising and concerned Individuals and Entities,including Branson and his Virgin Group

One of his earlier efforts ” Screw It,Let’s Do It” changed my view of Richard Branson ~ in fact it charged me up as there were a host of situational similarities I saw between Branson and me ~ for instance both of us have cheated Death more than once ! ~ the only difference is that his adventures over the Ocean &  in the Air were out of Choice and mine out of Chance in Bomb Blasts,Sahara Desert and in a Road Accident !

In the Preface itself of “Screw Business As Usual” one gets a sense of what the Book is all about ~ “It’s at moments like these one realises how unimportant ‘stuff ‘  is” says Branson when he along with Family & Friends that included Kate Winslet of ‘Titanic’ fame ,watch as the House on his Necker Island was reduced to ashes in a fire caused by lightening that struck the Balinese Roof ~ Yet the Positive Energy radiates ~”The future is still ours to hold and share”  says Branson as he rallies all to come around and have breakfast and pitch in with ideas and discuss how to rebuild the House

The Book is all about exploring this next great frontier where the boundaries between work and higher purpose are merging into one,where doing good really is good for business

It’s a Long Read ~ 372 Pages,not counting the 12 pages that include the Preface ~ Seven Chapters that begin with Capitalism 24902 and ends with Power of Communities

The Essence is to turn typical corporate business culture and philanthropy on it’s head,and move away from just the ‘golden cheque’ philosophy to leveraging everything in the business to drive change ~ Capitalism 24902 conveys that every single person on earth is responsible for taking care of the 24902 circumference miles of our planet  ~ it’s not just ‘doing good’ but it’s ‘doing better’ and having fun along the way read more

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