Absurdly Driven usually looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
We're desperate to believe that there are superbeings who can do things we can't, who can do things we only wish we could.
And so we create myths around certain figures. Famous people and the numbers that seems to define them.
Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, for example. Their impossible wealth leads us so quickly to their impossible wisdom.
We so easily forget how Bill Gates's Microsoft -- even after he left in 2006, he remained on the board -- was not only often an unpleasant company to work for, but completely missed the rise of the smartphone.
Yet we continue to think of Gates and his friend Buffett as the Popes of Business Thought.
Oddly, it seems, they may not even listen to each other.
Why, just last week Buffett sold all of his airline stock. Though he tried to be reassuring about our tough times, he confessed he made "an understandable mistake" when it came to his investments in American Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest and Delta.
Was it all that understandable?
One might have imagined that he and Gates had, more than once, had a chat about one of Gates's biggest preoccupations.
Five years ago, Gates appealed to a seemingly vacuous chasm of silence that a pandemic could -- and likely would -- cause severe disruption to society.
It isn't exactly a Fosburian leap to say that airlines would be among the most endangered by such an event.
Yet Buffett plowed $4 billion into the cabal that owns more than 80 percent of airline seats.
Now, Buffett observes:
It turned out that I was wrong about that business because of something that was not in any way the fault of four excellent CEOs.
Who am I, of course, to criticize Buffett? Lordy, he's not only richer, but better looking than I am.
Yet how many people looked up to their hero and mirrored his investments?
This is merely a reminder, then, not to blindly follow your heroes.
There's never been a more important time for critical thinking, rather than blind following.
Your decisions really have to be your own. Trust yourself. It's always better to have yourself to blame than someone else.