In Omaha, Mr. Buffett once met an 80-year-old woman, a Polish Jew. She and her family had been herded into a concentration camp where many of her relatives were killed. She told him that she made friends very slowly, because whenever she met a person, her mind was always thinking about a problem: Would they be able to hide her and kept her safe?
Mr. Buffett was moved by the story. He said that at the age of 80, if you can find many people to look after and hide you, you are successful. If no one is willing to take you in and hide you, then no matter how rich you are, how many honorary degrees you get, or how many universities and hospitals are named after you, you are still a loser.
Mr. Buffett has seen a lot of people with all the markings of success recognized by the world. They are wealthy and their names often appear in the media, but no one on earth loves them. He believes those people are not successful.
How do you define success?
Translated by Felice B.