Straight Talking Warren Buffett

For those who did not hear Warren Buffett being interviewed last Friday morning on CNBC, he did not beat about the bush when talking about the former Presidential hopeful, John Edwards.

Mr. Buffett came straight out and accused Mr. Edwards of soliciting and taking money by deceitful means during his unsuccessful Presidential bid earlier this year. According to Mr. Buffett, John Edwards knew back then that it was only a matter of time before the media uncovered the story of his mistress and alleged love-child.


Unfortunately, this did not stop him from asking suporters to fund his campaign. Had people knew about the extra-marital affair, they most likely would not have sent in their hard earned dollars as there was no chance that he could continue in the race once the damning news broke. Mr. Buffett suggested that Edwards should cut back on a few of those expensive haircuts and return those fifty and one hundred dollar donations that came in from ordinary hard working followers.

This sentiment rings true for my industry. At our training courses, we focus on Ethics at the beginning of the course and it runs throughout the training. Nobody is saying that we are not human and we do not make mistakes – we all do, but covering up the truth to further your own selfish goals is a practice that would probably even disgust the animal Kingdom – except the reptiles possibly.

Thank you Mr. Buffett for being so frank and forthright in this era of sterile political correctness. This is why I enjoy working with successful business people and despise the empty promises and double-talking of policticians, to whatever party they belong. To those of you in the security world, again I implore you to never forget that your word is your bond and at the end of the day, your reputation will live on after you are long gone.

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