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the Bill Gates philosophy

November 19, 2006

In Bill Gates’ book (Business @ The Speed of Thought), he presents 11 rules that students do not learn in high school or college. Rule number two says: “The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.” That’s rough. Less than 25% of our culture is what we perceive as successful, so if this statement is true, 75% are failures. I fell into this thinking and my self-esteem was based on what I accomplished.

Such a way of thinking affects our physical, spiritual, relational and psychological well-being. It affects our legacies. It rips apart families. It saps our lives. I have friends who are addicted to a never-ending cavity of success. Nothing is ever enough, is it? I heard of one guy at the pinnacle of his success who was asked what he now knows that he wished he had known as a younger man. He replied, ‘I wished I had known that when you get to the top, there is nothing there.

Success is such a danger isn’t it? The more you obtain, the more you have to lose. Even the good things in a life can become the idol that brings you down. It’s true – the more we learn and the more we become can just as easily become our biggest threat.

But is that what life is all about? Are you willing to settle with that? Could there be more to discover, maybe even a treasure?

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Do you love what you do?

November 19, 2006

I ask people all the time if they love what they do. Most don’t. I ask why and they a) haven’t thought of it before or b) just think it has to be that way. They think it’s normal to be miserable. When you see miserable people (or anyone for that matter) ask them questions. You will help them and it will keep you fresh—it will remind you how bad it can be. Ask your friends, your bosses, your teachers, even strangers all kinds of questions. I tell young people to watch and question their teachers and don’t be atraid to wonder if they are truly happy. That’s just life. People everywhere get caught in the web of distraction and doing and the paycheck and loyalty to people. But they need to be reminded just like you and I do that there’s nothing more unnatural and abnormal than living like that. Actually, it’s a life grounded in fear – the anxious kind (you know, the bad one). All we need is love. Fight for love. Seek out love. Open your eyes to love. And resist fear. Fight against the voice of fear. It’s there. It’s the enemy. Every single day.

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