Using Warren Buffet’s 25-5 Rule to Reach Mastery

Warren Buffet 25 5 Rule

Warren Buffet is currently the third richest person in the world so when I heard about his 25-5 rule, I took it seriously. It makes intuitive sense, especially as it relates to the pursuit of greatness.

The 25-5 Rule

1. Write down a list of the 25 things that you want to accomplish in life. For me, a few included:

  • Speak five languages fluently
  • Ski a black diamond hill
  • Travel to 50 countries
  • Become an accomplished chess player
  • Learn how to code in C+
  • Etc.

One doesn’t reach Buffet’s level of success without a laser focus in a small number of directions

Keep going until you have 25 things that you want to do before you die. These should be tasks that take a considerable amount of time (become a chess champion), not things that can be done in a weekend (beat your brother at chess). Now that you have your list, circle the five goals that are the most important to you and…

2. Spend your life doing those five things, forget about the other twenty..

The 5 you’ve chosen are your most important goals and they should receive all of your attention. If you work on all 25 things you’ll never become great at any of them. Of course, if you accomplish your top five goals you can always work your way down the list. The mistake is to focus on too many things and not do any of them exceptionally. As Angela Duckworth says in her exceptional book Grit:

It soon became clear that doing one thing better and better might be more satisfying than staying an amateur at many different things.

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