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Article -> One Word for Success and Problem Resolution

Date Added: August 2019

Given all that is occurring in the world, it seems appropriate to discuss one word and topic many do not equate to business or daily interactions. It happens to be something Warren Buffett recently summarized as success.

Buffett said, If you get to my age and nobody thinks well of you, I do not care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster. Basically, when you get to my age, you will really measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you.

He went on to explain something we all know; however, we may not really understand and live our lives by. You cannot buy love. You can buy nearly everything else; however, the only way to get love is to be loveable. The more you give love away, the more you get.

Again, love is not something we consider in business or daily relationships. It is something we seem to hold for our spouse, children and families. We may do this out of fear, inability to show our vulnerability, or just unwillingness to display love. Yet, when we do, it comes back to us positively time and time again.

We know the Golden Rule to treat others as you want to be treated; although, there is a Platinum Rule to treat others the way they want to be treated. This requires investing time getting to know others and what makes them tick (i.e. what is important to them).

Years ago, as a leader, I thought demonstrating vulnerability and love made me weak. I learned it is just the opposite, and employees and organizations flourish and succeed (using Buffett’s term) when displaying love. I have told my employees I love them.

Love requires one to be selfless and focus on others vs. oneself. Love destroys bigotry, racism, religious differences, and any other negative currently tearing our world apart. This is the essence of the fight of good vs. evil and love vs. hate.

Love requires us to remain true to who we are and not be afraid to exhibit love for others. Julian of Norwich summarized love more than 600 years prior to Buffett by stating, God made everything that is made, and God loves everything that He made. The person who loves everything and everyone God made, loves God because God is in every person. God is in all things. The person who loves everything loves as God loves.

Loving all others may not be easy; although the reward during (and after) your life is well worth it.

David Yeghiaian is committed to inspiring others through faith and leadership. Reach him at
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