OMAHA, Neb. — Investor Warren Buffett encouraged young workers to find jobs that they are passionate about, as he offered career advice online Tuesday on a variety of topics.

Buffett regularly takes time out of his schedule every year to meet with groups of students from about 40 colleges to answer their questions on life and business. Tuesday's online forum gave him the chance to offer advice to a broader audience.

Buffett likes to compare what he does as chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway to painting a masterpiece on canvas, and because he loves what he does, it doesn't feel like work.

"I love painting on my canvas, and you're lucky in life if you can find your passion," Buffett said.

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The 82-year-old billionaire was fortunate to figure out he wanted to be an investor early on by reading some of the books around his dad's securities brokerage. Now he's able to enjoy a daily routine of searching for deals at Berkshire that involves five to six hours of reading, talking to a few of his friends and playing bridge online.

Buffett said he rarely does anything he doesn't enjoy, and he's handed off nearly all the day-to-day tasks of running a company with 285,000 employees off to other people.