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Guy Spier Hi Gabriel,

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I've thought long and hard about this. What would I have done if my choice had been an "either - or"?

On the…more
Hi Gabriel,

Thanks for for the question.

I've thought long and hard about this. What would I have done if my choice had been an "either - or"?

On the one side, HBS + Oxford. On the other, Berkshire, Buffett and Munger.

To be honest, it's really hard. I certainly would have ended up financially richer, by taking the Buffett/Berkshire/Munger choice. But not necessarily happier or wiser.

Because there are an enormous number of things that we can gain from a broad education that are hard to gain elsewhere.

But the good news for us is that we don't have to choose. We can have both. In my life I got to have Oxford/Harvard + Buffett etc. And I am certain that at this point, they reinforce and enrich each-other. What I learned at Oxford and Harvard have made me a better student of Warren and Charlie, and similarly, Warren and Charlie have helped me to truly extract value out of my education.

And when it comes to the price of tuition, I would say that if there is any way we think we can afford it, we should go for it. Because education is one of those very uncertain, but ultimately low risk opportunities in life.

My view is that we need to pick up as many of those tickets as we possibly can.

But then again, you might be asking the wrong question: I teamed up with Mohnish Pabrai to pay $650k to have a three hour educational lunch with Warren Buffett..

I hope that this discussion is helpful.

Warmly,

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Guy Spier Hi Shreyas and thanks for a great question.

The short answer is that I don't know, and as you have read in my story, it certainly took me a long time…more
Hi Shreyas and thanks for a great question.

The short answer is that I don't know, and as you have read in my story, it certainly took me a long time to figure out just the basics.

But I think that you are way ahead of the game in comparison to me, because you have the right intention, which I did not have at the beginning. Other than that, it seems that the answer has to be to keep working at it. To keep learning and to keep applying what we have learned.

There is an ancient Jewish saying that would seem to be apt here:

"It is not incumbent upon you to complete the work, but neither are you at liberty to desist from it".

I hope that this helps.(less)
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