Most people think having billionaire investor Warren Buffett as a father would make life far from average. But Peter Buffett discusses how important it is for each person to define his or her own path in life, regardless of their wealth or background. And as a composer and musician, he brings his book Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation to life with music.
“It really just came from my parents always saying do what you love, find your passion, it’s the best thing. And then also seeing my dad just do what he loves. He was never doing the investment stuff for the money. He was doing it because he loved the act of it and it happened to make a lot of money. So I saw somebody everyday do what they love, and it wasn’t until later when people were surprised that I had found my own way in life because my dad happened to be wealthy. So I thought maybe my story would help others.”
Buffett is aware of the sons and daughters of celebrities and the wealthy who have lost their way.
“You certainly feel bad because you know the parents probably had the best intentions in trying to create comfort and security for their kids, but they probably overdid it and the kids never got a sense of themselves. You know what? When you fall down, getting up by yourself is not a bad thing, and it teaches you to walk. And it’s just so strange to be the son of this person that’s so revered. and it’s really about just loving what you do. Because I’ve seen my dad do the same thing every day my whole life, and he just loves it.”
Buffett’s performances are the live companion to his book, combining a cello-accompanied live piano/vocal performance and personal stories.