Here is a short excerpt of something I ran across on a website by Bill Gates that I find myself frequently perusing. Very Good lessons, says I.   Here is what Bill says:

“Peter Buffett recently published a terrific book, titled Life is What You Make It. Peter writes about the values he absorbed growing up as the son of Warren Buffett and his -late mother, Susan Buffett, and the path he has pursued to identify and pursue his passions in life.

Contrary to what many people might assume, Peter won’t inherit great wealth from his father. Instead, he was encouraged by his parents to find his own path. The book is a chronicle of that journey – and the wisdom and perceptions he has developed along the way. 

In particular, Peter’s insights about the four core values he “absorbed” growing up in the Buffett home really resonated with me. They are:
1. Trust in the belief that the world is fundamentally a good place and that all people, however, flawed, are—at the core—well-intentioned
2. Tolerance for other people’s viewpoints and perspectives
3. A passion for education—not in the traditional sense but as a way to approach life with curiosity and an openness to what others have to teach us
4. A personal work ethic grounded in self-discovery and a commitment to finding something that you wake up every morning looking forward to”

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