Life & Philosophy

Success comes down to one word

LOVE. ❤️

Love yourself.

Love others.

Love thy neighbor.

Love your job.

Love to show love.

In the biography The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, Buffet offers this advice to students at Georgia Tech.

“Basically, when you get to my age, you’ll really measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you.

I know many people who have a lot of money, and they get testimonial dinners and they get hospital wings named after them. But the truth is that nobody in the world loves them.

That’s the ultimate test of how you have lived your life. The trouble with love is that you can’t buy it. You can buy sex. You can buy testimonial dinners. But the only way to get love is to be lovable. It’s very irritating if you have a lot of money. You’d like to think you could write a check: I’ll buy a million dollars’ worth of love. But it doesn’t work that way. The more you give love away, the more you get.”

Love is quid pro quo. Like a lighthouse, you give out the energy you get back.

Read Warren Buffett Says Your Greatest Measure of Success at the End of Your Life Comes Down to 1 Word

Books Quotes

‘Love is just the result of a chance encounter’

“Love is a form of prejudice. You love what you need, you love what makes you feel good, you love what is convenient. How can you say you love one person when there are ten thousand people in the world that you would love more if you ever met them? But you’ll never meet them. All right, so we do the best we can. Granted. But we must still realize that love is just the result of a chance encounter.”

Charles Bukowski, [easyazon_link identifier=”0876855966″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Hot Water Music[/easyazon_link]

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Love and science

The micro-moment is an interaction, between you and hugging your neighbor, between you and smiling at the baby on a plane, between you and the temporary connection to the stranger in the UPS delivery truck.

The warmth of everyday greetings makes you healthier, says Professor Barbara Fredrickson in her book Love 2.0: Finding Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection

“When you really connect with another person a beautifully choreographed biological dance is unfolding.”

The micro-moments add up, from the brain to the heart via the vagus nerve. Every interaction is, therefore, an opportunity to increase your happiness. So tune up the love: give and receive to improve your heart health.



The absence of you

What’s the world going to do in your absence?

It depends on what did to you offer the world that no one else could.

What will the world miss about you?

It depends on how well you treated other people but also how well you combined intelligence and creativity. Maybe you made something that no else can seem to replicate. Maybe you just had unique taste that other people admired.

So much of your life’s value is based on love and effort. What you tried to show, to do, to be, whether or not you actually achieved it, depends on the honesty in which you pursued it.

Is there anything you still want to do?

You’re better off deciding right now what those regrets may be.


Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.


The Power of Attention

Any time you’re looking for something you’re more likely to find it but you’re also more likely to be disappointed. Objectives come in all shapes and sizes:

  • Looking for a girlfriend/boyfriend?
  • Looking to buy a new car?
  • Looking to Instagram a photo?

Keeping these goals top of mind invites a lot of opportunity and failure. That first potential significant other ignores you, that new car is overpriced, and that photo ends up blurry. Fuck.

It’s no wonder then that when we stop trying so hard, things tend to happen naturally. All of a sudden you get engaged, find a decent car, and snap an awesome photo.

Success is more likely to come when the object of desire is in the back of your head instead of top of mind. And sometimes great things happen when you don’t think about them at all.

Still, luck favors attention. No one ever gets anything or anywhere by doing nothing. Just be aware of the possibility and everything else will take care of itself.


Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.

— Iris Murdoch

My Dog

She’s virtually blind. She only sees the slightest of light through her waves of hair.

Most of the day she just wanders, re-circling her own path just to stay in motion. She runs into things like chairs and walls but she keeps going. She grows riskier with each step; fear is her fuel.

All my dog wants to do is walk. She used to be so stressed; now she just moves in the moment in complete freedom and excitement of whatever is next.

My dog is thinking, feeling, and experiencing the world all at the same time. She knows no restraint. Her laps around the house are always full of love, for life and for us.

She’s winning the fight.


Nice to Meet You … Again

“All of us ‘transfer’ experiences to some extent, and at times we are not sure whether an experience was something we were told or read about, even dreamed about, or something that actually happened to us.” – Oliver Sacks

Because of social media, we know more about each other than ever personally conveyed. When online information mixes with offline exposure the two get blurred. We forget where we learned certain bits of information.


There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

— Vincent van Gogh