Zayin Teves 5774
Warren Buffet and a Perek Tanya
Warren Buffett is a great investor, but there was a point where he may have not spent enough time occupied with what he knew he should be doing. After a while of "being in the biz," he became too tired, too busy, and too not in the mood to stick with what he was good at. There were many reasons he found to avoid spending his time investing. Unfortunately, this attitude caused a lot of profits that could have been his to go to someone else, or disappear altogether! Then, the millions he was making were a fraction compared to what he could have made if he would have gotten his act together and used his remaining 35 hours per week on work, as well.
So, from where did he get his energy again? From where did his oomph! return?
One possibility is that he stumbled on a Tanya, and found the secret to real motivation within.
The Alter Rebbe explains that in Talmudic days students would review what they had learned 100 times. To them, this was rote; it was how things were done. There was no choice in the matter; this was the best way to learn something. Period.
However, if a student were to go and learn something just one more time, for a 101st time, this one time of learning would be greater than the other 100 times he had learned that section, combined. This is because the 100 times of learning was "second nature"; the 101st time caused the learner to push himself to new heights of learning and knowledge. This "extra" learning, this 101st review, enabled the student who fulfilled this to be labeled an "Oved Elokim."
How does one reach this level today? How does one break his nature to go above and beyond? According to the Alter Rebbe, the Beinoni who achieves this must find his motivation by overpowering his Nefesh HaBehamis through arousing a great love for Hashem by contemplating His greatness. The amazing part is that every person has the ability to attain this goal.
If, or when, Warren Buffett saw this, it must have hit a cord within him. Sure, he knew what to do; for him, investing the right way was rote; it was how things were done. However, if he would be able to find that true and everlasting motivation, then he would be able to push himself to go that little bit further and be propelled forward a great distance. As evidenced by his success, Buffett found that motivation and became what he is today: A business mogul who is known worldwide for his investing prowess.
Let's find our motivation to push beyond our natures, and to learn that extra bit each day. Whether it's because you love to learn, or to take a break from the chaos of life, or even if it's because you want to add to the learning you already take part in, try and find what motivates YOU to increase in your Limmud haTorah. Who knows? You just might become the next "Torah mogul".