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Where Warren Buffett And I Differ About Success - The Break Issue 54

Updated: Mar 13

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#54: Where Warren Is Wrong

When the richest man in the world tells you something, generally you should listen.

Warren Buffett is famous for talking about finding your own "Circle of Competence". I listened. Heck, my entire Advantage Mapping philosophy is based off this concept.

But, I realized after talking to many people struggling to find success, that CoC is incomplete, and that's where Warren and I have issues. -->

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Back to the newsletter --> Advantage - the missing element

Here's the thing, competence is only one element of how you can get ahead in life.

Competence is old school thinking.

Go to school, learn, fill your head with knowledge about a subject, and sail over everyone else.

This is the industrial revolution, labor stacking mindset.

But we're in the fucking information age.

Not even - we're actually in the "limitless-I-can-learn-anything-for-free-and-get-any-question-I-have-answered-by-Chat-GPT-so-what-the-fuck-do-I-focus-on" Age.

Competence is commoditized and getting cheaper by the second.

Of course there is and will always be a difference in true, deep competence and the GPT version, but the point is that the hurdle to knowledge is no longer a competitive advantage.

Choosing your focus and leverage are the new durable competitive advantages.

So how do you do that today?

By expanding your set of ways you can create an advantage for yourself and by understanding how and when to apply leverage.

There are no fewer (and probably more) than 8 areas where you can create a distinct advantage to break out of the pack and succeed. They are:

  1. Interests - no one can beat you at what you like

  2. Energy - no one can beat you at activities that give you energy

  3. Aptitude - what you are naturally wired for

  4. Personality - who you are and how your mental game is wired

  5. Expertise - competence, yes, it's only one area

  6. Support - money, people, systems that can guide and extend your exploration

  7. How you learn - helps you stay away from "opportunities" where you will be slower on the uptake

  8. Decisions - How and at what speed you make solid decisions relative to others

Then stack these in a simple sequence to find what I call a "high odds" path.

Here's my simple statement to remember on how know you are on the right path:

Let your (1) Interests, (2) energy, (3) Aptitudes and (4) Personality direct your focus which allocates your resources (time, attention, capital) towards acquiring (5) Expertise levered by (6) Support, (7) How you learn and (8)the Decisions that you make.

If you get to know yourself in these areas and stack them in this way, I guarantee you will change your life.

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Bottom line is competence isn't enough today. Commit to pulling every advantage you can, and you'll find success.

Here’s to breaking your old habits and becoming the best version of yourself!



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