The difference between successful people and highly successful people is directly related to how … [+] often they say “no.” To figure out who you should say no to, it’s helpful to group the people you know into three groups: friends, buddies, and friendly.
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One of my favorite people to study is Warren Buffett. There are many remarkable things about the Oracle of Omaha, but what I believe we can learn from the most are Buffett’s habits. In particular, how he spends his time.
Buffett knows he’s dangerous if he’s doing anything but allocating capital, so he spends eight to nine hours a day reading and takes a few phone calls on an old-school telephone. He famously avoided investing in technology during the dotcom bubble in the late 1990s because he didn’t understand it. He’s so focused on his zone of genius that he’s ignorant of seemingly obvious things—he once brought his wife a colander when she was on the verge of vomiting.
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These people are your cheerleaders. They want to see you succeed and will do everything in their power to help make it happen for