I Flipped Warren Buffett’s Thinking Rule: It Helped Me To Achieve More

“What Are You Doing?”

It’s well-known that Warren Buffett spends most of his time reading and thinking. It’s the first thing he does when he comes to his office in Omaha. According to his biographer, Alice Schroeder, Buffett reads at least 5 hours a day. He reads newspapers, magazines, annual reports, and books.

What’s Your Nature?

So should we all spend 80% of our time thinking? It depends on two factors:

  1. Your work

Writing 500 Books In 42 Years

Isaac Asimov is considered one of the most prolific writers of the 21st century. His first book, Pebble in the Sky, was published in 1950.

Be Decisive

We’ve looked at two extreme cases. Buffett and Munger spend most of their time thinking. Asimov spent most of his time doing. Unfortunately, outliers do not represent reality. However, we can learn from them. What I’ve learned is that we need to be decisive.

The 20/80 Rule Of Effective Thinking

I live by what I call “The 20/80 rule of effective thinking.” I think for most professionals in today’s age, that ratio of thinking vs doing is sufficient. Even though I’m a natural thinker, I need to remind myself to execute more than I think.


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Articles on productivity, habits, decision making, and personal finance.