Leadership dinner with William Krause

1. I got an opportunity to have dinner with William Krause today with a bunch of other students. This was part of the Stanford Leadership Dinner series. It was a great experience and if you are a student at Stanford, then you should take advantage of this opportunity.

2. I learnt quite a bit from him. As with successful people, he was very down-to-earth and humble. He shared a lot of anecdotes from his life which I found quite useful. Besides him, i met a bunch of other wonderful people. An entrepreneur from Chile was sitting next to me and it was so refreshing to talk to him about his experiences. He reinforced my belief that I should definitely dream of doing something on my own someday.

3. During the dinner, Bill shared a quote by Warren Buffett from his biography Snowball which I personally think makes a lot of sense.

When you get to my age, you’ll really measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you. I know people who have a lot of money, and they get testimonial dinners and they get hospital wings named after them. But the truth is that nobody in the world loves them.

If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don’t care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster. That’s the ultimate test of how you have lived your life. The trouble with love is that you can’t buy it. You can buy sex. You can buy testimonial dinners. You can buy pamphlets that say how wonderful you are. But the only way to get love is to be lovable. It’s very irritating if you have a lot of money. You’d like to think you could write a check: I’ll buy a million dollars’ worth of love. But it doesn’t work that way. The more you give love away, the more you get.

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