• In 1998, a student asked Warren Buffett, "What would you do to live a happier life if you could live over again?"
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  • Buffett responded that, to be happy, you should work with people you like and do something you enjoy. If you don't enjoy someone, there's no amount of money that would make it worth working with them.
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  • Buffett later added that you "move in the direction of the people that you associate with" - including someone you don't enjoy working with. Maintaining good relationships, and working with people you enjoy, can have real benefits.
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No one gets another shot at life, but imagining what you might do with one can be a useful thought exercise. It's even more enlightening when the person doing it has already been hugely successful the first time around - like, $82 billion successful.

In a 1998 lecture to University of Florida MBA students, business magnate Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, fielded a host of questions on investments and valuations before a thoughtful student asked, "What would you do to live a happier life if you could live over again?"

According to the oracle of Omaha, "The way to do it is to play out the game and do something you enjoy all your life and be associated with people you like. I work only with people I like."

He drives the point home by raising the stakes.

"If I could make $100 million dollars with a guy who causes my stomach to churn, I would say no because in a way that is very much like marrying for money - which is probably not a very good idea in any circumstances, but if you are already rich, it's crazy."


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