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I have attended Warren Buffett's annual meetings in Omaha for ten years and this has been a true masterclass in decision making and life mastery. Buffett's wisdom, delivered with local charm each year at what is known as the Woodstock of Capitalism, has profoundly impacted my approach to business and personal growth. As I prepare to attend my 11th shareholder meetings which kicks off on May 2nd, I share five key takeaways that resonated most:

First lesson: Focus on your circle of competence

Buffett reminds us that true success doesn't come from embracing the latest trend or investing in areas we don't understand. Instead, we should focus on our "circle of competence," that unique set of knowledge, experiences, and skills that make us valuable and potentially unbeatable. This is where our true potential lies: identifying concrete opportunities within our field of expertise and creating value through what we do best.

For example, during a 2017 meeting, Buffett used baseball to explain this concept. He said investors should stay within their "strike zone," the pitches they can hit with high level of certainty, rather than swinging for the fences at every chance they have. This resonated with me as I was considering a career change for a tech start up. While a trendy tech startup seemed enticing, I realized my true potential lay in leveraging my marketing and coaching expertise in a more established industry.

Second lesson: Take advantage of experience

Our experiences, failure and success, are a treasure of invaluable importance. Buffett encourages us not to leave them unused, but to transform them into tools to generate concrete value and apply the key lessons to improve our decision making. How can we do this? By applying our knowledge and lesson learned in practice to solve problems and challenges. It's about identifying real needs and creating products or services that satisfy them, bringing a tangible benefit to people's lives.

Third lesson: Informed decisions

In business, as in life,  smart choices are the key to success. Buffett underlines the importance of always investing in ourselves and working only in areas we know thoroughly, avoiding being guided by ephemeral trends or illusory promises. Making informed decisions means carefully evaluating each opportunity, analyzing the risks and potential benefits with a critical and rational eye. Only in this way can we minimize risks and maximize the chances of success.

Fourth lesson: Perseverance

Success and wealth are not goals that can be achieved overnight. It is the result of hard work, dedication, and, above all, perseverance. Buffett teaches us not to be discouraged by failures, which are inevitable in every individual's path to mastery. Every obstacle, every setback, represents an opportunity for learning and growth. Building a solid company and lasting success requires time, constant commitment, and the tenacity to never give up. As Buffett famously said, "The more you learn, the more you earn."

Fifth lesson: Surround yourself with the right people

No individual, no matter how brilliant and capable, can achieve success alone. Buffett emphasizes the importance of surrounding ourselves with people who complement our skills and share our values. A selectively built team, made up of individuals with different talents and experiences, and with strong ethics, can multiply individual skills and achieve extraordinary results. Choosing ethical collaborators who inspire us, and who push us to give the best of ourselves, is a determining factor for personal and professional growth.

Warren Buffett's lessons are invaluable to anyone who wants to achieve success and happiness in life. By focusing on your own circle of competence, leveraging experience, making informed decisions, persevering, surrounding yourself with ethical people, and continuing to learn and grow, we can all increase our chances of achieving our goals. 

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