A lot of kids travel to China every year, hoping to find some magical Martial Arts secrets. They’re hoping to find some wise old man willing to teach them these mystical magical powers that will allow them to defeat any enemy with a simple flick of the finger, just like in the movies.
But once they get there, they find that success in martial arts is the same in China as it is everywhere else: Train hard, practice practice practice, drills upon drills upon drills, spar a lot with other students, gradually improve bit by bit over a long period of time. Just the boring stuff. A lot of sweat. No magic. No mysticism.
In Kung Fu, the old saying is, the secret is, there are no secrets. Just the long, rigorous path, day in, day out.
Reading Warren Buffet’s right-hand man, Charlie Munger’s advice you get the same idea. No real secrets. Just common sense and hard work. Stuff you already knew, pretty much.
Stop searching for magic tricks. Roll up your sleeves and get to work. The fool will find this idea depressing. The wise person will find this liberating. So it goes.