I’ve never met Warren Buffett and I don’t always agree with his agenda, but at the same time, I have the utmost respect for the man who has amassed billions. Last week I ran across a tweet from Mr. Buffett giving advice for all the young people. As it turns out, this wasn’t real, it was an imposter account, but the advice was sound and as I thought about it, I realized the advice applies not just to young people but for all of us no matter our age. So here is fake Warren Buffett’s advice and my color commentary.

Read and write more – It doesn’t matter what you read – the Wall Street Journal, a professional publication or a novel by James Patterson as there is something to learn and it expands your vocabulary. As for writing more, it’s actually one of the best ways to clearly communicate. In fact every year, I sit down and compose a letter to my two children telling them how much I love them and sharing with them thoughts I have that I believe are pertinent to where they are in life.

Stay healthy and fit – It took me a while to figure this out. The excuses of I’m too busy to exercise. One day I woke up and somehow I weighed in at 245 lbs. Today, I work out daily either at CrossFit or Orange Theory Fitness, my annual physicals have me down over 50 lbs., my labs are exceptional and my energy, energy to work more effectively, is higher than it was when I was in my 40’s.

Networking is about giving – Sharing what you know and learning from others. As a young professional, if you are invited to a networking event ALWAYS go.

Practice public speaking – Enough said. The more you do the better you get at it.

Stay teachable – Nobody knows everything and that includes Warren Buffet. Be open and receptive to constructive criticism. It may sting a little but you’ll become a better person if you open yourself to being teachable.

Find a mentor – Every successful person can easily talk about those who coached them along the way. Don’t be a lone ranger.

Keep in touch with friends – All work and no play makes for an unhappy life. Your career will be over one day and when it does, you will need your family and friends.

You are not your job – I interpret this as you being you. Don’t value your self-worth based on your job.

Know when to leave – The grass isn’t always greener someplace else. That doesn’t mean to stick it out either in a dead end job or a job you’re miserable doing. My advice – Pause before jumping ship to make sure you are not jumping into a similar situation.

Don’t spend what you don’t have – Advice for the ages.

Every day is a choice. Chose to THRIVE.