Last February, the president of Microsoft Bill Gates and the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had a meeting in which, in an informal atmosphere, the latter read to the tycoon the questions that had been generated by a conversation robot that works through Intelligence Artificial (AI).
Among the AI’s questions, the bot asked Gates The best advice I’ve ever hadas well as the impact it had on his life. It was here that the billionaire recalled the words of investor Warren Buffettfriend of his for many years.
Warren Buffett on friendship
So, according to Bill Gates, the best advice he ever received is about friendship. “Warren Buffett talked to me about how, in the end, what matters is how much your friends think of you, and how strong are these friendship relationships“, explained the tycoon.
The friendship of the two billionaires, which dates back three decades, implies a range of shared interests that go beyond wealth. For example, the philanthropy of these billionaires became apparent when they founded The Giving Pledge. This campaign seeks to influence and encourage the richest people in the world, to donate a large part of their assets to philanthropic causes. Regarding sports, they also share golf as a hobby.
It is worth mentioning that this is not the first time that Bill Gates has commented on the lessons he learned from Buffett, which are from investment to time management. However, on several occasions he declared that it is precisely the advice of friendship that investors most value. “I’ve learned many things from Warren over the past 25 years, but perhaps the most important are his words about what a friendship is,” he wrote in 2016 on his GatesNotes blog.
Friendship and its effects on health
“Despite keeping a tight schedule, Warren always finds time to care for his friends like few people I know do. Pick up the phone and call to ask what’s going on. He always sends me articles that he’s read and thinks I’ll find interesting.
And it is that the investor has commented on several occasions the importance of choosing good friends and being yourself. In a conversation with Gates that took place in 2017 at Columbia University, he explained that for him this translates to surround yourself with people “who are better than you”, to be inspired and learn from them. He added that “you’ll be moving in the same direction as the people you associate with.” Gates, for his part, added: “Some friends bring out the best in you, so it’s good to invest in those relationships.”
In fact, according to a study carried out by the Comparably platform, friendships that are meaningful can help the person, even in the professional world, improving self-esteem and resilience. And, for its part, the Mayo Clinic adds that maintaining long and stable friendships reduces stress and increases the individual’s happiness, well-being and health.
“The Ultimate Test of How You Lived”
The two billionaires have a combined net worth of $220 billion, according to Bloomberg estimates. These, however, claim that it is the happiness resulting from maintaining good and lasting friendships. one that really indicates personal success.
As early as 2001, Buffett stated in a speech at the University of Georgia that: “When you reach my age, you will truly measure success in your life. by the number of people you want to love youand that they really love you.”
He continued and sentenced, that: “I know people with much money, with hospital sections to their name and that from time to time they have scenes as a tribute, but the truth is what nobody wants. Si llegas a mi edad y nadie thinks well from you, So I don’t care how big your bank account is, your life will be a mess. This is the ultimate test of how you’ve lived your life.”