Warren Buffett is the most successful American investor of the twentieth century, and a proud meditator. He believes the art of being present increases success in a variety of ways. For instance, you may find yourself in a bad financial situation but not even realize it. “The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging,” Buffett says, and the only way to realize you are in this hole is to spend some time in contemplative silence.
Buffett also notes that being self-aware can lead to finding opportunities or solutions to otherwise-insurmountable problems. “I don’t look to jump over seven-foot bars: I look around for one-foot bars that I can step over,” he comments, remarking that it takes a certain presence of mind to spot these chances. So whether you are struggling with a difficult situation or just would like to work a little more efficiently, consider spending some time meditating, and see what kind of solutions you come up with.