Warren Buffett is 87, he is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He Loves McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets, Drinks Coke at 88 and shows no signs of stopping, and doesn’t want to stop.
His net worth is US$ 82.5 billion at the time of writing this article, he is the third richest man on planet earth.
The profound investor has mastered the art of setting boundaries for himself. He is successful not because of what he has done but also because of what he has avoided not doing in his career.
“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” says Warren Buffett
To become successful in life, it is very important to learn how and when to say “NO”.
When you arrive at crossroads in life and have to make a decision. You look at the factual data available and in the absence of any such element, you listen to your inner intuition and gut feeling. It is very important to learn when to take a step and when to hold back on the urge to do something you so badly wanted to do in life.
Successful people remain conscious of their decisions and focus on things that matter the most to them. It is very important to pick the right things and select goals in your life, move forward with high ambitions by avoiding many opportunities that may look right but don’t feel so great deep in your heart.
HBO’s recent documentary, Becoming Warren Buffett – covers Buffett’s success story along with his oldest friend in the industry, Bill Gates.
Bill is the world’s second-richest man at the time of writing this article.
In the documentary, when asked about one word both successful icons feel has attributed to their success in business and life – Both wrote one word on the paper. It was “Focus”.
It is very important to know your battles, pick your moves wisely and stay focused on your dreams.
Focus is a prerequisite for walking on the road to success. It also means you do not pay attention to any naysayers who come across your journey and say no to things that don’t even matter despite their luxurious, shiny outlook.
Steve jobs also belonged to the same school of thought. He said:
“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.”
It is very important to have clarity in mind about what you want to achieve in your life and how you want to go about achieving your goals.
Start learning to say no to things that may distract you or you do not feel good about them. Stay focused on your goals with precision and accuracy.
That is how Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and Steve jobs succeeded in their lives.
The article originally appeared on INC