I only made one New Year resolution for 2007. Here it is: I will not leave dirty dishes in the sink, pans on the stove, flour on the kitchen counter top, or any other such mess. I decided if I made only one resolution I might be able to keep it.
When I was about to retire I got this message from my wife: When you retire, I'm retiring from cooking. You will be the cook.
She wasn't kidding!
Actually, my wife is a vegetarian except for cheese which she eats whenever the possibility arises. She mainly lives on fruit and cereal. So I usually, but not always, cook for myself.
My diet is Omaha Steaks® and other good things the good folks in Omaha send me. A sweet lady calls me, tells me about the special, and I always order. I'll bet Warren Buffett is an Omaha Steak® man. Why wouldn't he be? He is richer than every one but you know who.
You can glean the following information as I did by going to: http://www.reference.com/search?q=Warren%20Buffett
Warren Edward Buffett was born in 1830 so he is 2-years older than me. With the business secret he gave me, I hope to catch up with him financially within two years. Of course, then he will be still richer and I'll have to keep working.
Buffett studied at the Wharton School of Finance (1947–49). That is why he is smarter than you and me about money.
He worked as an investment salesman and securities analyst and he was partner (1956–69) in the investment firm Buffett Partnership, Ltd. In 1965, he acquired the textile manufacturer Berkshire Hathaway and became (1970) chairman and CEO. So now you know how his company got its name. Not original like Make More Dough Than Anybody Else, Inc.
Through judicious investments and acquisitions of insurance companies and manufacturing and service firms, Buffett has transformed Berkshire Hathaway into a large conglomerate; in 1999, its assets were $124 billion. They're higher today. Look it up!
His investments have also made him one of the wealthiest people in the world. In 2006 he announced that he would donate the vast majority of his wealth to charity, with some $30 billion, the largest gift, ultimately going to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-who already have zillions!
His father, Howard Homan Buffett, 1903–64, an investment banker, was a U. S. congressman from Nebraska (1943–49, 1951–53), so Warren had a good start on the rest of us.
And he and Bill Gates are buddies. They travel around the world together.
Boy, would I like to be part of that crowd!
Anyway, to make sure I have great New Year Resolutions for 2008, I decided to get some ideas from Warren Buffett. I called Omaha and they put me through to a McDonald's® Restaurant.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia gives the following report on McDonald's®, Inc.
"McDonald's Corporation is the world's largest fast food chain, selling primarily hamburgers, chicken, french fries and carbonated drinks, and more recently salads, fruit and carrot sticks. The business was founded in 1940 with a restaurant opened by siblings Dick and Mac McDonald. It was their introduction of the “Speedee Service System" in 1948 that established the principles of the fast-food restaurant. However, the company today dates its “founding" to the opening of CEO Ray Kroc's first franchised restaurant, the company's ninth, in 1955. He opened his first McDonald's in Des Plaines, Illinois in April 1955. "
Making money in the Midwest must be catching.
A young female voice came on the line and I said, “Is Mr. Buffett there? I would like to talk to him.
She said, “Yeh! He's over there munching a Big Mac®. He's with Bill Gates who's chawing on a carrot stick. I'll call him: WARREN!
An older voice came on and said, “Ill buy it!"
I said, “Mr. Buffett?"
He said, “Yes. Who are you? I though you were from Amalgamated Big Butt Conglomerated, Corporation. "
I said, “No. I'm just a hack writer trying to get a story. I was hoping you would give me a suggestion for a 2008 New Year's resolution. I was hoping to get one from Bill Gates too. "
He said, “Okay. Here's one: Keep your nose out of other people's business unless you intend to buy it. "
I said, “That was very good. How about Bill Gates?"
He said, “Well, you don't have enough dough to buy Bill's business. "
He laughed again and hung up the telephone.
So there you are. The secret for getting rich is yours. Just stick your nose into other people's business and if it looks profitable, buy it.
It's so simple.
Wait, the telephone is ringing.
That sweet thing from Omaha Steaks® just sold me the latest special. I asked her if she was moonlighting at McDonalds® because that voice sounded very familiar when I called McDonalds®.
She said she was but just to glean secrets from Warren Buffett. She asked me if I wanted to sell TJ Books.
I've got to go clean out the freezer in the garage.
Those steaks will be here before I know it!
John T. Jones, Ph. D. (firstname.lastname@example.org, a retired VP of R&D for Lenox China, is author of detective & western novels, nonfiction (business, scientific, engineering, humor), poetry, etc. Former editor of Ceramic Industry Magazine. He is Executive Representative of IWS sellers of Tyler Hicks wealth-success books and kits. He also sells TopFlight flagpoles. He calls himself “Taylor Jones, the hack writer. "
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