“It has struck me that all men’s misfortunes spring from the single cause that they are unable to stay quietly in one room.” -Blaise Pascal
- Gates: I also remember Warren showing me his calendar. [For me], I had every minute packed [and thought] that was the only way you could do things….The fact that he is so careful about his time. He has days that there’s nothing on it.
And the importance of keeping an open schedule was also discussed by Charlie Munger at the 2016 Daily Journal Meeting:
- One is that we spend a lot of time thinking. Our schedules are not that crowded.
- Our system has been to sift life for a few opportunities and seize a few of them.
- We don’t mind long periods in which nothing happens.