“I stopped watching TV and listening to music in my 20s. It may sound interesting, but I thought that TV and listening to music were preventing me from thinking about software. This period of restriction lasted for about 5 years. Right now, TV shows like Narcos; U2 and the Beatles. I’m a fan of bands.”
What is Gates doing now to be more productive and mindful?
“I knew that when I avoided listening to music and watching TV, a lot of people meditated as a solution to what I was doing. But I wasn’t interested. I thought meditation was a superstition and didn’t work. So I set a more concrete and strict rule.”
“In my early years at Microsoft, I was obsessed with the idea that meditation wouldn’t work at keeping my focus. But now that I’m married, have 3 kids, and have different professional and personal interests, meditation has helped tremendously in this limited time. I can sit back and feel my current emotions. and it helps me understand my thoughts better. 10 minutes a day is ideal for me.”
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