Wisdom from a Financial Guru!
Recently a team member of mine dropped this email which I found to be useful in today’s time of financial turmoil.
Warren Buffet’s advice
We begin this New Year with dampened enthusiasm and dented optimism. Our happiness is diluted and our peace is threatened by the financial illness that has infected our families, organizations and nations. Everyone is desperate to find a remedy that will cure their financial illness and help them recover their financial health. They expect the financial experts to provide them with remedies, forgetting the fact that it is these experts who created this financial mess.
Every new year, I adopt a couple of old maxims as my beacons to guide my future. This self-prescribed therapy has ensured that with each passing year, I grow wiser and not older. This year, I invite you to tap into the financial wisdom of our elders along with me and become financially wiser.
1. Hard Work: All hard work bring a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
2. Laziness: A sleeping lobster is carried away by the water current.
3. Earnings: Never depend on a single source of income. (At least get a second earning from your investments).
4. Spending: If you buy things you don’t need, you will soon sell things you need.
5. Savings: Don’t save what is left after spending. Spend what is left after saving. (Our Central Provident Fund system in Singapore works on this basis – save first, spend second).
6. Borrowing: The borrower becomes the lender’s slave (Do not borrow).
7. Accounting: It is no use carrying an umbrella, if your shoes are leaking.
8. Auditing: Beware of little expenses. A small leak can sink a large ship.
9. Risk-taking: Never test the depth of the river with both feet. Have an alternate plan ready.
10. Investment: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. (Diversify your investments).
I am certain that those who have already been practicing these principles remain financially healthy. I am equally confident that those who resolve to start practising these principles will quickly regain their financial health.
World’s Richest Man – Warren Buffet (Reference: Forbes.com)