When you see a 79-year-old living idol refer to his mentor’s name half a dozen times in a 60 minutes talk, you got to pay attention to it. I had this unique opportunity to listen to Warren Buffett and Bill Gates at a town hall event at Columbia Business School. I got more than a few sparks to think about, but one I believe I should share with everyone is the importance of Ben Graham for Warren Buffett.
You will say that there can only be one Ben Graham and one Warren Buffett in a generation. True, but that’s not the point here. The point here is to find a true mentor, an individual who inspires you, someone who makes you excited to talk to and work for and make you a better person. Ben Graham was a great professional mentor to Warren Buffett, someone whose values he lives up to and applies in his work even to this date.
Many of us will find our parents as inspiration to live up to. They are possibly the best personal mentors one can ever have and the easy thing here is, you got them when you were born. In your professional life, it’s a bit harder than that. I asked someone lot smarter than me: how do you know that this is the Ben Graham for you? The answer: it’s more of a realization than anything else. If that’s the person who energizes you to stay up at night and get things done, if that’s someone who motivates you to jump out of bed early in the morning and that’s the person you can refer to in order to crack the toughest codes, you found what you were looking for.
I have been thinking over the past few days about how much time I spend talking to friends and family using emails and instant messaging? Well quite a lot. Normally these start with a simple point and after a few bounces across the wire, they’re like full-blown discussions. And often I noticed that I have discussed the same topic with different folks and thought that it would have been great if I can get all the comments at the same place. So I set out to look for something that could fix it up for me, is there anything out there which can make World even more reachable for me, can something called technology help…and bang came the answer – I can what they call blog it. So after months and months of “will do next weekend for sure”, here I am…ready to blog!
So what is this
show blog all about? Well I can sum up the entire show blog for you in one word – “Nothing”. “Nothing”, then why am I watching reading it? Because it is on the TV Internet. Not yet Yes it is!
My Seinfeld fanaticism apart here’s what will be in there…lots of seasonal stuff, some marketing talk, tons of advertisement chitchat, little bit of finance, college football…well depends on how good we play (Go Longhorns, and yes, I bleed burnt orange), India talk and what else, technology and software (btw, I also write software for living and I’m lovin’ it!) So we can sum it all up to basically Nothing.
What will I gain? Freedom to express myself, talk to the World, have a voice and all that crap. What do I want from you? Lots of comments and chitchats.
So I will end this with one of my favorite quote: “Experience is like a comb that life gives you when you are bald.”