The Investment Scientist

What I’ve Learned The Most From Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger

Posted on: November 5, 2022

Here are your answers to the survey question: “What You Learn The Most From Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger?” Most people pick “They are patient” as their top take-away, followed by “They are value-oriented”.

If I had been asked the same question ten years ago, I would have picked these two as well. However, today I want to discuss the point that came in third, that they stay alive and sharp

Do you know that 99.6% percent of Warren Buffett’s wealth, he made after he turned 52? I think most of my newsletter readers probably fall within ten years (plus or minus) of this age. Can you imagine that whatever you have now, you could have 100 times more?

The sad reality is the life expectancy of the average American is 77. They retire at 67 and spend their “golden” years of retirement in deteriorating health. They often spend their last years in a nursing home bed waiting for someone to wipe their asses, to whom they must pay top dollar. 

Imagine if they could extend their health span to 77, both physically and mentally. How much more value could they create for society and for themselves? And why stop at just 77, what if they could extend their health span to 87 or even 97 like Charlie Munger. The value they could create and the sick-care cost they would save would easily amount to millions. 

That’s why my most important lesson from Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger is that I can thrive to 100 years old – meaning I will try my best to stay physically healthy and mentally sharp. If I can do that, the wealth accumulation will take care of itself, just like for Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger. 

That’s also the reason I want to start another newsletter, maybe called “Health is Wealth” or “Flourish Til 100” so that we can join the journey together and encourage one another. I may still need your help to decide the best name for the newsletter, but first things first, you can sign up here.

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Michael Zhuang is principal of MZ Capital, a fee-only independent advisory firm based in Washington, DC.

Twitter: @mzhuang

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