Warren Buffet wrote in his annual shareholder letter:
In good years and bad, Charlie and I simply focus on four goals:(1) Maintaining Berkshire’s Gibraltar-like financial position, which features huge amounts of excess liquidity, near-term obligations that are modest, and dozens of sources of earnings and cash;(2) Widening the “moats” around our operating businesses that give them durable competitive advantages;(3) Acquiring and developing new and varied streams of earnings;(4) Expanding and nurturing the cadre of outstanding operating managers who, over the years, have delivered Berkshire exceptional results.
I would modify and simplify as:
- maximize cash flow
- create barriers to entry and to exit
- grow sales
- acquire great talent
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