Free Brand New Car

When I was on the road, I heard Warren Buffet say this on TV (I’m starting to unscramble notes from my trip):

When I was sixteen, I had just two things on my mind – girls and cars. I wasn’t very good with girls. So I thought about cars. I thought about girls, too, but I had more luck with cars.

Let’s say that when I turned sixteen, a genie had appeared to me. And that genie said, ‘Warren, I’m going to give you the car of your choice. It’ll be here tomorrow morning with a big bow tied on it. Brand-new. And it’s all yours.’

Having heard all the genie stories, I would say, ‘What’s the catch?’ And the genie would answer, ‘There’s only one catch. This is the last car you’re ever going to get in your life. So it’s got to last a lifetime.’ If that had happened, I would have picked out that car.

But, can you imagine, knowing it had to last a lifetime, what I would do with it? I would read the manual about five times. I would always keep it garaged. If there was the least little dent or scratch, I’d have it fixed right away because I wouldn’t want it rusting. I would baby that car, because it would have to last a lifetime.

That’s exactly the position you are in concerning your mind and body. You only get one mind and one body. And it’s got to last a lifetime. Now, it’s very easy to let them ride for many years. But if you don’t take care of that mind and that body, they’ll be a wreck forty years later, just life the car would be. It’s what you do right now, today, that determines how your mind and body will operate ten, twenty, and thirty years from now.

2 Responses to Free Brand New Car

  1. Anonymous says:

    well, I am surprised, to hear these words of wisdom, concerning one's body, from Warren Buffet….

    I have often read, that he (Warren Buffet) has a terrible, monotonous diet, and takes little to no care of his body. Seen an interview with his daughter, who was asked re this, if it was true, and she said yes. She said he would often he a processed ham sandwhich and a coke for a meal, and almost never veg.


  2. Lloyd Kahn says:

    You know, come to think of it, that's true. I read (earlier) that he stops at a MacDonald's on his way to work for a takeout breakfast. Physician, heal thyself!

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