While most people know that Warren Buffett is one of the richest men in the world, a genius investor, an avid reader, and head of one of the top companies in the country, something most people might not know that he is also plays the ukulele. In fact, Buffett has, on several occasions, stepped on stage and wowed everyone with his musical skills.
While Buffett’s ukulele playing might raise more than a few eyebrows, in reality it’s just one of of many smart moves that the Oracle of Omaha has made, and yet another lesson that admirers ought to take into account. There are numerous benefits to having a creative side hobby, and while Buffett has often said that he prefers to focus on his work and avoid distractions, a few hobbies are actually better for your focus and success.
Creative hobbies make you a better worker
Having a creative hobby—be it painting, writing, or playing the ukulele—can not only make you more satisfied with your job, but also can make you more productive, have a better attitude, and can even increase creativity on the job. There has been lots of research done on the effects of creative hobbies by various organizations, including the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, and the results show repeatedly that there is a positive correlation between creative downtime activities and positive work traits.
Music reduces stress
The soothing powers of music are well documented, and engaging in creative musical hobby, like jamming away on a ukulele, can drastically reduce your stress levels and help you relax, improve mood, help focus, and even possibly increase your lifespan. Buffett, as one of the most successful businessmen in the country, is doubtless plagued with stress on a daily basis, so it’s no surprise that he’s found ways with which to cope and help relax.
Leisure activities are good for your health
Creative leisure activities can not only reduce stress, but also lower blood pressure, cortisol, waist circumference, and body mass index, according to a study conducted by several psychologists. The hobby doesn’t have to be physically demanding at all, so playing a ukulele definitely counts!
Once again, it looks like we could all learn a lesson from the Oracle of Omaha. Whether it is business, investing, or life advice, Buffett seems to have things figured out!