Peter Buffett, son of billionaire Warren Buffett, once said his dad was “socially inept” as a young man, and, “in large crowds, he’d much rather not be there.”
In that same piece for the BBC, the elder Buffett, now perhaps the most often quoted figure in all of finance, acknowledged his intense fear of speaking in public early in his career. “I couldn’t do it,” he said. “I’d throw up, and everything.”
At that point, he took it upon himself to tackle his shortcoming head-on, and the rest is Wall Street history, billions of dollars later.