Collection: Charlie Munger - #56 'If It's Trite It's Right'



[Transcript]

AUDIENCE MEMBER 00:08

Similar to your Mozart anecdote, I wanted to ask you, what advice would you have for someone my age (20) looking to live a long successful life like yourself.


CHARLIE MUNGER 00:18

Well, I haven’t had that much success changing any of my children. And I don’t think I can give helpful advice to a perfect stranger.


It’s hard to improve the next generation, and the standard result is going to be mediocre. Some people are going to succeed. They’re going to be few. That’s the way human significance is allotted. Human significance will always go to the few. There’s no way of creating enough (few in significance), to meet the demand.


I think personal discipline, personal morality, good colleagues, good ideas, all the simple stuff. I’d say, if you want to carry one message from Charlie Munger it’s this, “If it’s trite it’s right.” All those old virtues, they all work.


(Source: https://youtu.be/X1Oi3esiry8)

 

[YAPSS Takeaway]

"If it's trite, it's right." ~Charlie Munger


Definition of Trite :

(of a remark or idea) lacking originality or freshness; dull on account of overuse.