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6 Differences Between Leaders and Followers

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6 Differences Between Leaders and Followers

We often say that the best leaders started out as just being clueless followers, which for the most part, is true. Without leaders, we wouldn’t have people to guide us on the right path, to study and learn from.

When we follow successful leaders, we learn what works and what doesn’t work, what to do and what not to do.

However, when we follow others, we never learn anything from first hand experience. We’re never the first people to try something or find something new, and so there comes a point when just following someone is not enough.

We’ll never become leaders if we just wait for that person to step down so we can take their place.

There are many other powerful things that you need to do to become a leader, and these are all things that existing leaders had before they started following others. So here are the key differences between leaders and followers.


 

1) Leaders Take the Initiative, Followers Don’t

People become leaders because they took the initiative to get to that position in the first place. When they saw opportunities, they took them for themselves instead of waiting to see what others with a better reputation did about it.

“Will this work for me? Is it possible? Should I wait for someone else to try it?”

You want to be the innovative person, because that person is the first to discover, to do, and to thrive off something new. The results from something is never as good the second time it’s done.

By the time a leader’s crazy number of followers have tried this new method, the benefits will be minimal. It all trickles down until eventually the resource is tapped out, and there’s nothing left.

 

2) Leaders Don’t Rely on Others, Followers do

As a follower you’re always relying on someone else with whatever you may be striving to do. You’re relying on them for information, for growth, and to try things new to see what works so that you don’t have to.

You learn so much from leaders that it’s important you follow them, but if you actually get to the point where you’re relying on them to get your work done, that’s when you’re going to struggle.

Think of a successful figure that you admire and look up to.

I guarantee that back when they were in your position, they were learning from others but at the same time doing their own research, and improving themselves on their own, without having that one leader to rely on for their journey to success.

 

3) Leaders Come up With Original Ideas, Followers Then use Them

This point is so truthful, and it’s similar to the two I’ve just mentioned. The leader will always be the one coming up with the new ideas, and it’s not because they’re smarter than you, or they have more experience, more money and better status than you.

Sure, it gives them an advantage, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t come up with great ideas, too.

My bet is that they were coming up with these genius ideas well before they became a leader, instead of holding back like most people.

Nobody becomes the best by using someone else’s ideas. The person who becomes the best is the one coming up with those ideas in the first place and putting them to action.

You may have some success from someone else’s idea, but you’ll have greater success from your own.

 

4) Followers Want to be Where the Leaders are, but not Become Them

How many of you can actually say that you want to lead? Forget about everything that leaders have; all the fame and fortune. Do you want to be a leader, or do you just want to be where they are in life, and have what they have?

It’s probably an important question that we should ask ourselves. Most leaders want to lead, they love to inspire everyone around them and become the master at what they do.

It’s safe to say that they probably wanted to lead people, a long time before they actually took on that role for the first time.

Ask yourself, do you want to lead people, or have the status of a leader?

 

5) Followers Follow Because they are Afraid to Lead

Many of us may stay in the position of being a follower, simply because we are afraid to become the leader that everybody looks up to and relies on.

It’s a similar situation as to when you’re put into a team at work, or in school, and one person is needed to volunteer to be the leader of your team.

Are you afraid to stand up and say “I will lead the team”? You have the opportunity to. You’re in a team and anyone can volunteer to be the leader. What you do next will determine whether you’re afraid to be one or not.

Chances are if you’re too afraid to, you’ll sit back and wait for someone else to volunteer, or if you’re not you’ll stand up and proudly lead your team.

 

6) Followers Haven’t Put in the Effort that Leaders Have

If you’re classed as a leader, it’s because you’re respected by others. It shows that people have recognized your ideas, your thoughts and your efforts, and how successful they have been.

It takes a lot of effort and a lot of hard work to become a leader. They are always a minority, so in order to become one you need to be working a lot harder than you”re competition.

Some of those who follow may not be considered a leader as yet as they have not been putting in the effort that it takes to become one. On the other hand, you may be putting in the effort, but have not put the amount of time in yet.

There’s no right or wrong figure when it comes to how many hours you’ve put in, that’s up to you to decide.

 

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” – Vince Lombardi

Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan has been running Wealthy Gorilla and studying self-development, personal finance, and investment for the last 7 years. To this day, Wealthy Gorilla has become one of the fastest growing wealth infotainment sites in the world; with over 300 million views worldwide. Dan doesn't use personal social media anymore, so you won't be able to find him on Instagram, or Twitter.

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  1. Tom

    Jun 4, 2017 at 11:29 am

    This article implies that followers are less than. BS. Not everyone has the power to be a leader. It’s not who they are. And honestly, I’ve met plenty of people in leadership and power positions that don’t belong there and some that should actually be removed. Ever been in an employment situation where really good people leave because of a shitty leader but the company does nothing? I have. Plenty. Instead of firing a shitty leader a company will watch the best people leave because of them. If you want to extol the virtues of leadership don’t do it at the expense of followers.

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10 Success Lessons from 50 Cent

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50 Cent’s, or Curtis Jackson’s story is truly inspiring. Curtis was born and grew up in New York, and he didn’t have a lot of opportunities going for him when he was growing up.

From a very early age he began drug dealing to to cover his obsession for nice sneakers, and when he left the drug game to pursue a career as a full time rapper, he was shot nine times.

I don’t know about you, but to be shot nine times and still survive is a miracle.

 

50 Cent’s Success Lessons

After his strong recovery, 50 Cent went on to sell over 30 millions albums worldwide, and also make some very good investments in businesses, such as Vitamin Water which was sold to Coca Cola for $4.1 billion, his own record label and clothing company.

His latest venture being SMS Audio, his own headphone audio company.

Curtis’ estimated net worth has been confused recently, with most websites stating it as $140 million. His real net worth is roughly $20 million in 2017.

Here are 10 success lessons from 50 Cent:

 

1. The Only Voice that Matters is Yours

Other people will always be trying to force their opinions on you when you’re trying to something that might not be considered as normal.

They don’t quite have the same vision you have, and maybe they’re telling you not to go through with it or to re-focus your energy elsewhere.

Don’t doubt your voice and your opinion. You become what you believe and what you constantly tell yourself. If you have doubts in what you’re saying, then how can you expect everyone else to believe in you?

 

2. Reinvent Yourself

When you get started operating in the business world, most things you will be doing be be exactly the same as other businesses are.

But things never stay the same, and you must be willing to adapt to new conditions in order to keep up with the world moving as fast as it is.

A notorious example of this is the introduction of social media websites, which although have existed for over a decade, the marketing side of things didn’t quite come in until several years ago.

Before social media, most people would market their websites using methods like directories, article marketing and so on. Although these are still used as traffic methods, nothing can beat social media right now.

 

3. Don’t Compromise Your Character

In a world where everyone is different, so many opinions and lifestyle choices can be pushed upon you by others you know. Don’t let this happen; be yourself, you are this way for a reason. This statement also goes for your goals as well.

Don’t let your family and friends try and tell you that your goals are unrealistic and that you’ll never reach your dreams. Your character is very important and is who you are. It makes you unique to the world.

 

4. Believe in Yourself

One of 50 Cent’s rules, much like that of any other successful individual, is to always believe in yourself. That you need to believe in what you’re trying to achieve, in order to put in all your effort and action that’s required to do so.

Without this belief, you’ll struggle to put in all the effort needed because in the back of your mind you’re thinking that it might not be possible.

You won’t get anywhere with your endeavors if you don’t even believe you can do it to begin with. Believe in yourself, motivate yourself and you will achieve greatness.

 

5. Have Faith & Keep Working

Things won’t always go your way when you’re working hard to achieve success.

Sometimes no matter how hard you think your working, they’ll still be things not going quite your way. Do not let this tempt you to give up. Have faith in what you’re doing and keep working hard.

Persistence and confidence are two things you will definitely need in order to move closer towards your goals.

 

6. Devote Your Life to Your Dream

Every dream can come true, you just need to devote your life to it.

Work towards your dreams and even if you haven’t quite reached them yet, just be happy that you’re working towards them and making improvements in your daily life. As 50 Cent states, “Get rich or die trying”.

 

7. Don’t Let Death Cripple You, Let it Motivate You

When 50 cent was shot nine times and nearly died, he had a realization;

“This can happen again any second.”

So he decided to hurry up and do everything he wanted to before it was too late. This allowed him to live like he had never lived before. He had no fear of death anymore and became unstoppable.

You shouldn’t let the fact that we’re all going to die one day stop you from doing all the things you want to. Let it motivate you to go out and do everything you can before it’s too late.

Don’t sit around doing nothing for the rest of your life, get on with your goals, go out and travel, have new experiences, meet new people. Live your life.

 

8. See Things for What they Really Are

Good observational skills gives you a very good overview of everything that’s happening around you, how people are acting and feeling, events that are taking place and how things are changing.

I don’t need to say how this will help you, simply because it has so many benefits.

From a business perspective, this will help you understand why things are changing and how you can use these changes to your competitive advantage.

 

9. Push Past the Boredom

When you’re trying so hard to be good at the thing you love, it can be slightly boring at first when you’re repetitively doing things to improve your skills. You need to be willing to push past this point.

Practice makes perfect, and once you’ve moved past the boredom stages of struggling, you’ll be a lot happier and start having a lot more fun with it.

 

10. Every Negative is a Positive

The majority of bad things can be turned into something good. If you fail at something the first time, figure out what you have done wrong and how you can use this to your advantage when you try again.

Failure is not a total loss, failure is an important part of succeeding, as it allows you to improve yourself next time and give you a higher chance of doing things the right way. The weak will be defeated by failure but the strong will be motivated by it.

 

Summary

Here’s a quick recap of 50 Cent’s success lessons:

  1. The only voice that matters is yours
  2. Reinvent yourself
  3. Don’t compromise your character
  4. Believe in yourself
  5. Have faith & keep working
  6. Devote your life to your dream
  7. Don’t let death cripple you, let it motivate you
  8. See things for what they really are
  9. Push past the boredom
  10. Every negative is a positive

How many of 50 Cent’s success lessons do you agree with? Leave a comment below.

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17 Success Lessons from Bill Gates

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Bill Gates is the richest man in the world, after founding Microsoft in 1975. He is now worth over $100 billion As of August 2022, as Microsoft has risen to create the number 1 operating system brand Windows, which has been re-developed several times.

Microsoft also created Xbox, which has become one of the most popular, if not the most popular gaming system in the world.

 

Bill Gates’ Success Lessons

I’ve scoured the net and compiled a list of 10 success lessons from Bill Gates; which he has given to people at one point or another in his lifetime, to show them what it takes to become successful and wealthy.

He is the wealthiest man in the world, after all, so listen up!

 

1. Start as Early as Possible

The first of Bill Gates’ success lessons is to start as early as possible.

Bill Gates was only 13 years old when he started working with computers. When you start something at an early point in your life, you become molded around it.

Not only will you have a chance of becoming successful sooner than most people, but you would also be less likely to want to give up.

If you’ve had a dream that you start working towards when you’re young, you will be more immune to people telling you what you can or can’t do.

By the time you’re an adult and people actually start to take more notice of what you’re working towards, you will be stubborn enough to just ignore them.

The time that you’re most influenced by others is when you’re younger, so if you’ve seen things on T.V or on the internet where others have become successful, this will be imprinted in your mind and you won’t have doubt about what you can or can’t do.

 

2. Enter into Partnerships

Bill Gates was very fond of forming partnerships with people, people who were the top dog and that made Gates become the ‘Sidekick’.

He was happy with this because it unlocked new opportunities for him and the potential to learn from other successful entrepreneurs who could teach him a thing or two.

Not only that, but it meant that he built relationships with people that would definitely be able to help him out with his future endeavors.

 

3. You Will Not Make $60,000 a Year Right out of High School

Let’s be honest, you’re not going to make $60,000 a year straight out of high school, so if for some reason you think you will stop kidding yourself. No matter how much education you have, you still need the experience to work your way at the top.

You won’t get appointed CEO of a multi-national company just because you have a degree in business management.

That’s a position that you need to earn, by either starting your own company and working hard to take it to the top or working your way up within a company and proving yourself to people.

 

4. Be Your Own Boss as Soon as Possible

Bill Gates became a boss at a fairly early age. He deserved it, and it put him in an excellent position with pure control over his success.

“If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Bill Gates

 

5. Don’t Whine About Your Mistakes, Learn from Them

What is the point in blaming other people for your mistakes? Who are you trying to fool? Your mistakes are on you, they are not anyone else’s fault, so stop blaming other people just to try and rid your conscience of guilt.

Mistakes are made to be learned from. You now know what or what not to do in the same situation when it rolls around for a second time and believe me, in most cases it will roll around again.

“If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.” – Bill Gates

 

6. Be Committed and Passionate

I think this is always included by every entrepreneur as a good bit of advice. You need to be committed to what you love and have a great passion for what you do.

The successful people in this world make it look so easy because they absolutely love what they are doing. If you’re finding things too stressful and too hard, then I’m not sure you’re working on the right thing.

 

7. Life is the Best School, Not University or College

No matter how many books you read, no matter how many tests you take, nothing from university or college can properly prepare you for life in the real world.

Real-life jobs and bosses do not just involve you studying and them teaching you. It’s real-life work that you need to be able to carry out, otherwise, you will be fired. End of.

“If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.” – Bill Gates

 

8. Be Nice to Nerds

It’s true, people who you’d probably class as ‘nerds’ are actually the ones who will work the hardest, be the smartest, and be determined to succeed.

If you’re horrible to nerds then you’re basically taking your chances with fate, because you could easily end up working for one, or even apply for a position at a company that is run by someone you know and have been horrible to in the past.

Still, think you have a chance of getting the job?

“Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.” – Bill Gates

 

9. TV is Not Real Life

You need to stop getting sucked into Television and believing that what you’re seeing in some cases may actually be what people do in real life.

Real-life is tough and anybody who’s anywhere near successful will not be sitting around in coffee shops all day talking to their friends. They will be out working the grind to pay their bills and improve their financial situation.

“Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.” – Bill Gates

 

10. Life is Not Fair

Another of Bill Gates’ success lessons is to learn that life is not fair.

No matter how hard you work in life, there will always be times where things don’t go your way, perhaps through no fault of your own. Things that you cannot control. You will get knocked down, but you need to be able to stand up.

Life isn’t fair. It’s a test, a game, a risk. If you fall down and don’t bother getting back up, you don’t deserve to be successful. Winners know that life isn’t fair and they will keep getting back up until they’ve made it.

“Life is not fair. Get used to it.” – Bill Gates

 

11. Be Ready to Takes Risks

Starting a business is a little bit like gambling, you’re not always sure if you’ll win or not. However, the only difference is that you can strategize and plan well enough to ensure the success of your business.

This quote from Bill Gates is not only applicable to entrepreneurs, it can also apply in life as a whole. The world is full of uncertainties. Life has no rules and you have to sacrifice certain things to get to your destination.

People will step on and reject you but at the end of the day, if you are able to muster the courage to keep on going, nothing will stand in your way.

“Business is a money game with few rules and a lot of risk.” – Bill Gates

 

12. Never Fast Forward Your Way to Success

NOTHING comes easy and that includes being successful. Bill Gates and Paul Allen started Microsoft on a shaky foundation, but through patience and hard work, they were able to surpass the struggles they encountered.

This just goes to show that there are no shortcuts to success, my friend. It takes time to build an empire and a lifetime of sacrifice to keep the consistency going.

“Patience is a key element of success.” – Bill Gates

 

13. Be Proud of Who You Are

Many people get frustrated because they’re not as smart, rich or talented as the person they look up to. You may get frustrated because you’re not as successful as Bill Gates, but you have to face the reality that we’re all born differently.

Each person has their own unique abilities and you have to accept that to become successful.

If you start to appreciate yourself and what you can offer, you will be more confident to do things your own way.

“Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world… if you do so, you are insulting yourself.” – Bill Gates

 

14. Be Humble at All Times

It’s great to dream of success and all that comes with it. However, if you let it get into your head and start to think that you’re untouchable, that is not what you call success.

Life is a wheel, it’s unpredictable. You can be on top today but at the bottom the next. (Trust me!) It’s best to stay humble at all times and never forget what got you there in the first place.

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t
lose.” – Bill Gates

 

15. Take Things Positively & Love Learning

Bill Gates also had his fair share of unsatisfied customers, but you know what? He never considered this as something negative. Instead, he took their insights by heart and used them to improve his work.

When people hear criticism and bad feedback, they are easily discouraged and their drive to succeed goes downhill.

But if you think about it, this negativity will help you more than you realize, if you look closely. Learn from your mistakes and shortcomings and use that as a catalyst to be the best in what you do.

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates

 

16. Accept Failures & Move On

Failures are more important than success, because by failing you become successful. The greatest life lessons and the knowledge that changes everything – are found when you fail.

When you succeed, you can learn lessons, you are happy, people will praise you and everyone is willing to help you. But when you fail, everything is dark and you’ll know how it is to suffer. You will see the real ones from the fake ones.

More than the joy that success brings you, always place greater importance on the lessons you learned when you failed. Use that as your weapon as you go through life’s journey.

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of
failure.” – Bill Gates

 

17. Share Your Success With Others

The last of Bill Gates’ success lessons is to share your success with others.

You know the feeling of being an owner of a small startup. It’s difficult and you have probably experienced many struggles.

A truly successful entrepreneur will support and share his or her knowledge to other aspiring entrepreneurs, giving them the encouragement and inspiration they need.

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower
others.” – Bill Gates

 

Summary

Here’s a quick recap of Bill Gates’ Success Lessons:

  1. Start as early as possible
  2. Enter into partnerships
  3. You will not make $60,000 a year straight out of high school
  4. Be your own boss as soon as possible
  5. Don’t whine about mistakes, learn from them
  6. Be committed and passionate
  7. Life is the best school, not university or college
  8. Be nice to nerds
  9. TV is not real life
  10. Life is not fair, get used to it
  11. Be ready to take risks
  12. Never fast forward your way to success
  13. Be proud of who you are
  14. Be humble at all times
  15. Take things positively & love learning
  16. Accept failures & move on
  17. Share your success with others

How many of Bill Gates’ success lessons do you agree with? Leave a comment below.

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10 Success Lessons from Warren Buffett

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Warren Buffett, the pinnacle of success, especially when it comes to trading stocks. His net worth is now over $80 billion, and one of the richest men in the world, which is absolutely crazy! 

Buffett has made his billions through making smart investments in the world of stocks and shares, essentially making him the smartest investor to ever walk the planet.

 

Warren Buffett’s Success Lessons

Naturally, people want to hear Buffett’s advice when it comes to being successful in your own life, which is why you’re viewing this article!

Here are 10 success lessons from Warren Buffett:

 

1. Spend Your Money Wisely

The first of Warren Buffett’s success lessons is to spend your money wisely. This also ties in with a few of the other lessons Buffett explains, but will get to those shortly.

Try not to waste your money on the things that you don’t need, and spend it wisely on the stuff that you do need. Also make you save so that you can invest in yourself later on when you’re ready to.

If you buy things you don’t need, you will soon sell things you need.” Warren Buffett

 

2. Be Careful When it Comes to Borrowing

If you’re someone who takes out loans quite a lot and maxes out your credit card, then you’re not going to become rich are you. You’re going to end up with debts that are ever increasing and it’ll start snowballing if you’re not careful.

Warren Buffett has never borrowed a large amount of money, and he suggests to those with outstanding loans that once they’ve repaid and are free of debt, they should begin saving what they can to be able to invest later.

 

3. Have a Clear Definition of Success

You’ll find that despite being a billionaire and one of the richest people in the world; Warren Buffett doesn’t really measure his success based on the amount of money he has.

There was actually a point in his lifetime where he was willing to give almost all of his cash to charities.

Instead of gauging success based on wealth, Buffett states that success is more about having lots of people around you that love you and that you love too, especially as a man of his age.

So have a think about what you’re definition of success actually is. Check out this post I’ve written on redefining your definition of success, which will help you to understand more about why this is crucial in life.

“That is the ultimate test of how you’ve lived your life.” – Warren Buffett

 

4. Don’t Be Afraid to Be Different

The truth is that most people will copy others that have already become successful.

I don’t blame them, I do it too more often than I should, but it’s not always a great way to go. If you’re forever copying others, you’re never able to give anybody your own personality and image, your own ideas and visions.

It’s normally always the people that dare to be different, who are discovering the next big thing which people fall in love with. Warren has stated that the average person will be the one that is copying other people, but he didn’t want to be average.

He wanted to be different and judge himself by that of his own standards.

 

5. Reinvest Profits

In business reinvestment is always a great key to consistent growth, but especially when it comes to something such as stock trading.

After all, if you make money in the stock market and spend the profit, you’re only going to have the same amount to invest next time. And that’s not going to help you with quick growth at all.

This was something that Warren Buffett learned fairly quickly. One of his first ventures was purchasing a pinball machine with a friend and putting it in a local barber shop.

He didn’t go out and spend his share of the profits from this machine on stuff he didn’t need. He went out and purchased more machines to place in other shops.

Then when this venture ended, he again reinvested the profits into the stock market, which served him very well in the future from doing so.

 

6. Persistence is Key

Persistence is the key to mastering any skill, you know that. You’ve just go to keep pushing until you get through the barriers to success.

In 1983, the Nebraska Furniture Mart was purchased by Warren Buffett, mainly because the way that Rose Blumkin, the founder of the mart, did business appealed quite well to him.

Rose was an amazing negotiator and she used to completely undersell the big shots as part of her business strategy. The Furniture Mart didn’t start out as a large store. Over time it grew from just a small pawnshop into North America’s biggest furniture store.

The reason this furniture mart became so successful and was able to beat its competitors was because Rose had the persistence and determination to turn it into what it eventually became.

 

7. Think About Things in the Long Term

When it comes to stocks and shares in particular, investing in the long term will most likely be able to reap more benefits than hoping to make a quick buck.

It’s the same with bank interests. The longer you’re prepared to tie your money up for, the larger percentage of interest you will get.

“No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.” – Warren Buffett

 

8. Don’t Let Small Expenses Creep Up on You

Small unexpected costs can kill businesses without them even realizing until the last second. Whether it be postage costs, packaging costs, missing stock gone unnoticed, you name it.

If this happens too often without people realizing, then costs will be a lot higher than what people make them out to be and the business could potentially be losing large amounts of money.

 

9. Always Assess Risks

When you’re an entrepreneur, taking risks is pretty much essential, but you should always be assessing the risk that you are thinking of taking.

When you assess a risk and weigh up the potential advantages to disadvantages, it will always help you make a better choice for yourself.

 

10. Know When to Quit

The last of Warren Buffett’s success lessons is to always know when to quit.

In stock trading, particularly, knowing when to quit is so damn important. If you don’t know when to accept mistakes and losses, you will make the whole much bigger, and begin to lose even more.

Buffett says you need to know when it’s time to accept a loss and move on, before it ends up sinking your entire ship.

 

Summary

Here’s a quick recap on Warren Buffett’s success lessons:

  1. Spend your money wisely
  2. Be careful when it comes to borrowing
  3. Have a clear definition of success
  4. Don’t be afraid to be different
  5. Re-invest profits
  6. Persistence is key
  7. Think about things in the long term
  8. Don’t let small expenses creep up on you
  9. Always assess risks
  10. Know when to quit

What do you think about Warren Buffett’s success lessons? Leave a comment below.

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