If you are a teenager dreaming of being a billionaire, and are wondering how you can become the next Warren Buffett, Buffett is happy to tell you what you need to learn and do. And it is good advice even if you are not still a teen.
“I definitely think you ought to learn all the accounting you can by the time you’re in your early twenties. Accounting is the language of business,” Warren Buffett said at the 1998 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting. “Now, that doesn’t mean it’s a perfect language, so you have to know the limitations of that language, as well as all aspects of it. So I would advise you to learn accounting. And I would advise you to be, in terms of part-time employment or anything else, work at a number of businesses. There’s nothing like seeing how business operates to build your judgment in the future about businesses. You know, when you understand what kind of things are very competitive, and what kind of things are less competitive, and why that works that way, all of that adds to your knowledge.”
Buffett’s full explanation how to be the next Warren Buffett
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