Warren Buffett served as a mentor to young professionals during an "Office Hours" session with Levo League, a networking and career advice site.
During the live stream video chat, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO told women to "stop holding yourself back" and shared personal stories — including how he overcame his fear of public speaking — to highlight universal career lessons.
We've included a few key takeaways from Buffett's interview below:
1. Find your passion.
"Never give up searching for the job that you're passionate about," he says. "Try to find the job you'd have if you were independently rich. ... Forget about the pay. When you're associating with the people that you love, doing what you love, it doesn't get any better than that."
2. Be careful who you look up to.
"If you tell me who your heroes are, I'll tell you how you're gonna turn out. It's really important in life to have the right heroes. I've been very lucky in that I've probably had a dozen or so major heroes. And none of them have ever let me down. You want to hang around with people that are better than you are. You will move in the direction of the crowd that you associate with."