Charlie Munger lives on like all great philosophers

The best armor of old age is the life well lived that precedes it.” – Charlie Munger

It is a natural human tendency to seek comfort in the belief that certain scenarios are beyond the realm of possibility. Whether it’s a health problem or a personal tragedy, we often think to ourselves, “This can never happen.” We build mental fortresses around these ideas and find solace in the illusion of invincibility.

But life has a way of humbling us and showing us that no one is exempt from its fickleness.

Today is one such day.

Charlie Munger, whom I considered a hero in my life, has died at the age of 99, just 34 days short of his 100th birthday.

And Charlie is not just a hero to me. He has been and always will be a guiding force in my life, shaping my values, decisions and aspirations. His wisdom has been my compass and his principles are my North Star.

As I mourn his passing, I also celebrate the incredible legacy he leaves behind. The impact he had on my life and the lives of countless others is a testament to his extraordinary character and the enduring power of his words.

This is a moment of complaint for me and it may take me a while to accept. So I’m going to stop writing now and leave you with these beautiful quotes from Charlie about being happy in life and living a long time to tell the story.

To Charlie.

If all you do in life is get rich by buying little pieces of paper, it’s a failed life. Life is more than being smart about accumulating wealth.

Remember that reputation and integrity are your most valuable assets – and they can be lost in an instant.

Much success in life and business comes from knowing what you want to avoid: an early death, a bad marriage, etc.

Envy is a really stupid sin because it’s the only one you could never have fun with. There is a lot of pain and no fun. Why would you want to get on that cart?

Confucius said that true knowledge is knowing the extent of one’s ignorance. Aristotle and Socrates said the same thing. Is it a skill that can be learned or taught? It probably can if you have enough bet on the outcome.

Some people are exceptionally good at knowing the limits of their knowledge because they have to be. Think of someone who has been a professional tightrope walker for 20 years – and survived. He couldn’t survive as a tightrope walker for 20 years if he doesn’t know exactly what he knows and what he doesn’t know. He worked so hard on it because he knows that if he does it wrong, he won’t survive. Survivors know.

Knowing what you don’t know is more useful than being great.

Finally, as Charlie would say, “I have nothing to add.”

I will miss you Charlie! 🙁

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