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Public Speaking. London. Laguna Beach

A few years ago, after I read Tim Ferriss’ Tools of Titans, I made a deliberate decision to maximize doing things I love and minimize doing things I am indifferent to or simply hate. I outsourced low-value daily tasks that had gradually slipped into my schedule to my very capable and awesome assistant, Barbara, who actually loves […]

50 Shades of Warren Buffett

I am about to embark on my 11th annual trip to Warren Buffett’s Omaha. This year I have something unique to share with you: an excerpt from a chapter I contributed to a brand new book, The Warren Buffett Shareholder. Let me tell you a little bit how this chapter came about. In the early […]

Be Kind

I am back from TX. In Dallas my brother Alex and I had the pleasure of spending four hours with John Mauldin. Our visit with him started in John’s apartment in downtown Dallas and continued in a bar at a nearby hotel. A lot of my readers are familiar with John, but for the few […]

I Left My Heart …

I had a short meeting in San Francisco on Sunday. I absolutely hate travelling alone, and this time I was joined by daughter Hannah and my aunt. I always look for an excuse to visit San Francisco. We arrived on Sunday morning. I had a business lunch meeting in Sausalito and then we had the […]

Bat Mitzvah Speech

My daughter Hannah had her bat mitzvah this Sunday (see below). It was one of the most important days of her life. For a Jewish girl it ranks somewhere close to getting married or having a firstborn. You really don’t know what true emotions are until you become a parent. As I am writing this […]

Creative Process

I am back from CA and from my sabbatical. About the sabbatical. Two thirds of the new book is complete, and this two thirds came from my downloading thoughts that already resided in my subconscious mind. However, the last third of the book explores a topic that is new to me. I’ve been reading a lot […]

Perspective

My father is deeply plugged into the Russian-Jewish email superhighway. He probably receives a hundred emails a day from his friends, who share what their friends shared with them. Emails range from articles on politics and culture to YouTube videos to scary fake news like “Don’t update your current version of Skype – Microsoft will […]

Tuesdays With Morrie

As I get older I value relationships and friendships more and more. I recently read Tuesdays with Morrie for the second time,  and I highly recommend it. A dying teacher is sharing life lessons with a student. The core message of the book: nothing matters more than relationships in this life. After I reread the book I even […]

What Not to Buy in Today’s Stock Market

Dear reader, if you are overcome with fear of missing out on the next stock market move; if you feel like you have to own stocks no matter the cost; if you tell yourself, “Stocks are expensive, but I am a long-term investor”; then consider this article a public service announcement written just for you. […]

Little Moments, or How to Give a Great Speech

I was supposed to give a presentation at the GuruFocus conference in Omaha, a day before Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. I was more nervous than usual. I agreed to give this presentation because I wanted to push myself to explore a brand new topic. I wanted to zero in on the investment process. GuruFocus seemed […]