Almost all good businesses engage in 'pain today, gain tomorrow' activities.
Capitalism is a pretty brutal place.
Envy is a really stupid sin because it's the only one you could never possibly have any fun at. There's a lot of pain and no fun. Why would you want to get on that trolley?
Everybody engaged in complex work needs colleagues. Just the discipline of having to put your thoughts in order with somebody else is a very useful thing.
How do you compete against a true fanatic? You can only try to build the best possible moat and continuously attempt to widen it.
How you behave in one place, will help in surprising ways later.
Hundreds and thousands of engineers, etc. are going into hedge funds and investment banking. That is not an intelligent allocation of the brainpower of the civilization.
I regard it as very unfair, but capitalism without failure is like religion without hell.
I'm not entitled to have an opinion unless I can state the arguments against my position better than the people who are in opposition. I think that I am qualified to speak only when I've reached that state.
If you rise in life, you have to behave in a certain way. You can go to a strip club if you're a beer-swilling sand shoveler, but if you're the Bishop of Boston, you shouldn't go.
If you want accurate numbers from financial companies, you're in the wrong world.
It's a rare business that doesn't have a way worse future than it has a past.
It's waiting that helps you as an investor, and a lot of people just can't stand to wait. If you didn't get the deferred-gratification gene, you've got to work very hard to overcome that.
Let me know what your problem is, and I will try to make it more difficult for you.
One of the great defenses if you're worried about inflation is not to have a lot of silly needs in your life- you don't need a lot of material goods.
Opportunity comes to the prepared mind.
Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.
Smart people aren't exempt from professional disasters from overconfidence. Often, they just run aground in the more difficult voyages they choose, relying on their self-appraisals that they have superior talents and methods.
Someone will always be getting richer faster than you. This is not a tragedy.
The average result has to be the average result.
The iron rule of life is that only 20 percent of the people can be in the top fifth. That's just the way it is.
Those who keep learning, will keep rising in life.
We don't like trading agony for money.
Why should it be easy to do something that, if done well, two or three times, will make your family rich for life?
You do not want to drift into self-pity. ... Self-pity will not improve the situation.
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