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PAGE 6B . HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 By Sara Debbie Gutfreund Aish Hatorah Resources A good friend of Warren Buffet was having dinner with Warren and a dozen others right before the New Year. As they discussed different upcoming events and meetings, Mr. Buffet pulled out a small, personal planner for 2017. "Do you want to know what I have in my daily planner?" Everyone at the table leaned forward, eager to see what was in the planner. He held the planner up and showed them blank page after blank page. "I have nothing planned. Nothing. I need all the time I have to learn and think." Everyone at the table sat there silently for a moment as they thought about their overflowing calendars. Mr. Buffet was living one of the quotes for which he is well known: "Invest as much as you can in yourself. You are your biggest asset by far." When Buffet is asked what he does with most of his time, he answers that he reads. He reads all day, and he thinks. That seems to be how he comes up with his greatest ideas. But it's also how he has grown into one of the most giving, thoughtful leaders of our generation. Here are some more gems of wisdom from Warren Buffet: 1. On Israel: "You can tell prospective investors that I would have taken a perpetual bond if you had offered one. I believe Israel is going to be around forever. If you are looking for brains, energy and dynamism in the Middle East, Israel is the only place you need to go." 2. Investing in the next generation: "Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree long ago." 3. Lessons from yesterday: "In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield." 4.Takingaction:"Predicting rain doesn't count. Building arks does." 5. Protect your good name: "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently." 6. Developing habits: "Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken." 7. The value of family: "Basically, when you get to my age, you'll measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have- love you actually do love you." 8. Money and character: "Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars." 9. What matters is what you do today: "The investor of today does not profit from yesterdays' growth." 10. Look for the next small step:"I don't look to jump over 7-foot bars. I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over." 11. On love: "The only way to get love is to be lovable. It's very irritating if you have a lot of money. You'd like to think you could write a check: I'll buy a million dollars' worth of love. But it doesn't work that way. The more you give away love, the more you get." 12. On what's important: "If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don't care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster." 13. On mentors: "The best thing I did was to choose the right heroes." 14. On thinking for yourself: "A public opinion survey is no substitute for thought." Warren Buffet still resides in his modest home in Omaha, Nebraska, that he bought before he became wealthy. He has donated millions of dollars to Israel and has earmarked the majority of his wealth to nonprofits. As his son Peter, a musician and Warren Buffet an author, remarked: "My father transferred values to me, not wealth. He doesn't believe in inherited wealth. His management style is the way he is in life. In a business environment, he finds great management and says 'I believe in you' and then leaves them alone. That's the kind of father he is too. I would have never found my own success if I knew that my father was there to bail me out." Sara Debbie Gutfreund received her BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in Family Therapy from the University of North Texas. She has taught parenting classes and self-developrnent seminars and provided adolescent counseling. (StatePoint) Getting more out of a vacation starts with finding ways to stretch your travel budget. To help, travel deals publisher Travelzoo recently unveiled the top six destinations whereAmericans will find the strongest deals in 2017. "We predict three trends will influence travel deals next year. Increased choice for flights, a strong U.S. dollar, and hotel openings will create increased supply leading to competition and more deals," says Michael Stitt, president, North America of Travelzoo, which recently unveiled its annual Wow Deal Destinations for 2017. Florida's Gulf Coast Seven new hotels opened in 2016 in the Clearwater area, including the luxury Opal Sands Resort. A new Wyndham Grand Resort on Clearwater Beach is among several upscale brands opening their doors in 2017. Budget airline Allegiant flies into St. Pete- Clearwater International Airport from 20 U.S. cities, and nearby Tampa airport is serviced by most major U.S. carriers, resulting in heavy competition and frequent airfare sales. New Zealand The number of airline seats to New Zealand has doubled this year, with three top airlines introducing direct flights from the U.S. The increased competition means packages that used to cost $2,000 per person can now be found for as little as $1,299. Travelzoo deal experts also recommend the Air New Zealand Explorer Pass, a cost-effective way to see the country from North Island to South Island. Pern There are now seven airlines flying nonstop from the U.S. to Lima, creating more intense competition than ever. The dollar is at a 10-year high against the Peruvian sol. Recently the Peruvian government started limiting the number of visitors to Macchu Pichu, so those interested in visiting should do so soon. Paris The French department of tourism reports a 1.8 million drop in the number of visitors to Paris for the first 10 months of 2016 compared to 2015. If this trend continues, it will put pressure on Parisian hotel rates. At the same time, a favorable exchange rate and sharp increase in low-cost flight options mean Americans can experience the French capital for the lowest price in recent years. United Kingdom The British pound hit a 31-year low after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union in June 2016. A weak pound, coupled with a drop in airfares means increasingly aggressive deals available to U.S. travelers. Washington, D.C. A slew of new hotels makes now the time to visit a city that's already popular with deal-seekers. Washington, D.C. has a huge number of free attractions, including world- class museums like the newly opened National Museum of African-American History & Culture on the National Mall. Fourteen new hotels this year and 16 opening next year will likely drive down room rates. For deals, consider weekends, when business travelers leave Destinations, visit the advantage of the trends town. Travelzoo blog at travelzoo, identified by experts that can For more information com/blog/2017wow, make amazing destinations on the 2017 Wow Deal This year, consider taking affordable and convenient. (BPT)--When winter cold and snow force you indoors, you might dream of getting away to somewhere warm and sunny that offers plenty of energizing fun and a much- needed change in the weather. Planning for your spring and summer vacations is a great way to score some budget- friendly deals. It also helps you beat the winter blues by giving you something to look forward to. But where to go, you might ask. One great option is Florida's Space Coast, a destination that, while renowned for its ties to the U.S. space program, also offers an astonishing abundance of adventure-filled, outdoor vacation activities. If you're starting to explore your spring or summer vacation possibilities, here are some can't-miss things to do that make the Space Coast an out-of-this-world destination: Take a nighttime "bioluminescence" kayak tour along the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge or Cocoa Beach. These tours allow you to get up close and personal with some of the glowing creatures who magnificently inhabit the waters along Florida's Space Coast. With so many great beaches, the area is an ideal destination for surfers and other water sports enthusiasts. Here, you can visit the flagship Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach--a 52,000-square- foot, multilevel store offering a huge selection of surf boards, swimming attire and other surf-brand apparel. Meanwhile, at the nearby Ron Jon Surf School, you can arrange a surfing lesson or even rent a paddleboard. Immerse yourself in nature at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, a 140,000-acre park that is home to at least 1,500 species of plants and animals, including alligators, manatees and a wide variety of birds. If the time of year is right, you can also take a guided nighttime Turtle Walk to observe sea turtles as they lay their eggs. The region is a paradise for birds, making it the perfect place to host the annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival, normally held early in the year. Bird-watching, or "birding," is just part of the fun at the festival, which also offers entertainment, unique dining experiences, special events and more. In Titusville, sign up for a Coast-to-Coast Bike Tour and get an up-close view of the region's vibrant wildlife areas and historic sites. Or, for an epic ride, venture out on your own along the Coast-to-Coast Connector Bike Trail. Get your adrenaline pumping with a zip line aerial tour. Brevard Zoo's Treetop Trek allows you to zip line, crawl or climb your way through acre after acre of lush Florida landscape. The Space Coast is one of the few places you can personally witness a rocket launching into space, and it is breathtaking. Rockets carrying satellites into orbit or transporting cargo to the International Space Station launch periodically throughout the year. You can find the launch schedule at SpaceCoastLaunches.com. TolearnmoreaboutFlorida's Space Coast and plan your spring or summer getaway, head to visitspacecoast.com.