Warren Buffett is a fucking weirdo

June 6, 2015

I mean that lovingly. Warren is my hero & a mentor.
But seriously, he is a weirdo.

One time his wife was sick in bed. And she was about to puke. She asked Warren for something to puke into. He ran into the kitchen and brought back something. She looked at him at amazement. He had brought her a colander. A thing with holes in it!

I think he also stole bikes or golf balls from Sears? I forget. But it was in his biography Snowball.

He would give allowance to his kids. Then installed a slot machine in the house. His kids ended up playing slots and losing all their money back to him.

He doesn’t eat vegetables. Ever.
He doesn’t drink water either.

He eats chocolate chip ice cream for breakfast. Drinks 3 cans of regular coke during the day, for his bodys liquid needs.

Reads 5 newspapers a day. And annual reports. He spends 6-7 hours a day reading things.

He loves hamburger and fries.
One of his favorite meals is a thick 22oz T-bone steak with double hashbrowns. And a rootbeer float to wash it down. And he’ll drink 2 more cokes (cherry this time) in the evening as a treat.

He figures he needs 2500 calories a day to survive. And he wants to be able to choose how he spends those calories. The Warren Buffett Diet would make any other normal mortal super obese. I know from personal experience.

He plays at least 4 hours of bridge. Mostly online. Sometimes Bill Gates, Warren, Sharon Osberg (world champion) and maybe Charlie Munger will play bridge together. For 12 hours straight!

He was so afraid of public speaking that he would want to puke.
He set up his whole life as to never have to speak in public on in his classes. One time, he decided to take a Dale Carnegie public speaking course. He put down the $100 as a check. But he was so scared, went home and canceled the check. Later he built up the courage to try again. This time, he paid them in cash and told them not to give him a refund, in case he gets scared again.

He went thru with the course. He was so proud of his accomplishment that he keeps the Dale Carnegie certificate framed in his office. And he doesn’t even keep his college degree up. He even asked his wife to marry him during the Carnegie graduation ceremony.

Warren Buffett is no regular dude.
And that’s what makes him exceptional.

Tina Fey does not have a driver’s license.
Norm Macdonald doesn’t drive a car, because he’s scared of accidents.
These two funny folks do the scariest thing in the world. Stand in front of strangers and tell jokes to make them laugh. Yet they are scared of driving, what the rest of us do without thinking twice.

Isaac Asimov didn’t like to travel at all.
He loved living in New York. And all his time was spent writing.
He’s the guy who said: if the doctor told me I have 6 minutes left to live, I would type faster. And he wrote more than 500 books. This when most folks dream of writing novels and end up writing zero books in their life.

Steve Jobs wore the same clothes each day.
Because it was one less decision to make in a day. He spent a summer eating only apples. There was a time when he only bathed once a week and refused to wear deodorant. His coworkers were so sick of the stink, they had him work in the evenings.

Successful people are weirdos.
Of course, the real secret is that you and I are also weirdos.
The difference is that we try to act normal while our heroes accept their weirdness with pride.