Not gonna lie
getting seated next to Warren Buffett at a dinner party is pretty cool
but when it happened to me, it also gave me a life lesson that
that changed my career forever
The life-changing lesson Warren Buffett taught me at a dinner party.
The scene was the home of a mutual friend.
I’d met Warren a few times before,
but of course I was still thrilled.
I imagined an evening listening to the Oracle of Omaha opine away.
But no, just as we were about to sit down,
Warren looked at me slyly
and pulled from his pocket and egg timer
which he dramatically set for 15 minutes
Then he placed it between us and said,
” That’s how long I get to talk with you
before I lose you to your partner on the left.
And not a minute shorter!”
Excuse me, Warren Buffett wanted to hear what I had to say?
Apparently, he did.
And we chatted away until the buzzer sounded
and we both turned to our other sides
But then 15 minutes later when it buzzed again,
Warren turned back to me and said, “Goody! you’re back.”
Look! Warren Buffett is known to be very nice.
He was also the most important person in that room,
and yet he made me feel like I mattered as much as he did.
There’s a famous Maya Angelou quote
that goes, “people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
My encounter with Warren Buffett is case in point.
From that day forward I started thinking about how I made people feel
in the situations when I was in the power seat.
他们是否感到被倾听 被注视 被赋予价值
Did they feel heard, seen, valued?
It’s a galvanizing question, isn’t it?
Even if you’re not the boss, entering a conversation with humility
makes you more of a person not less.
更慷慨 更人性化 更受理解与尊重
More generous, more human, more understood, and more respected yourself.
It’s a simple mind shift,
but transformative in all the right ways.
Thank You Warren Buffett.
And you don’t even need an egg timer to do it.