(Video link here). We’ve been thinking hard about this fragment of a Charlie Rose interview with Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. When Rose asked Bill Gates what the biggest thing he’d learned from Warren Buffett is, Gates replied it isn’t about investing money; it’s about investing time.
Gates: He is so careful about his time. He has days that there’s nothing on.
You control your time, and sitting and thinking may be a much higher priority than a normal CEO who, you know, there’s all this demand and you feel like you to go and see all these people.
It’s not a proxy of your seriousness that you filled every minute in your schedule.
Buffett: And people are going to want your time. It’s the only thing you can’t buy. I mean I can buy anything I want, basically, but I can’t buy time
Rose: And so to have time is the most precious thing you can have.
Buffett; I better be careful with it, okay, there’s no way I will be able to buy more time.
There’s no way anyone can buy more time but there are ways to have the feeling of having more time, of investing it wisely so as to feel spacious, as Buffett does by NOT cramming his schedule. We’ve been practicing that by seeing what we can take away, not do…to leave us…time.
The best way we know of having the feeling of spaciousness is to be present, in the moment as much as possible, taking pleasure in whatever is going on.
We know of no better way of splashing immediately in the moment than reading haiku:
and walking home
under the bare trees.
How shall we invest our time?