Three Quotes from Bill Gates That Will Make You Happier

Matt Lillywhite

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Why do you have a negative mindset?

If you’re anything like my past self, you have a lack of direction and clarity in life.

You want to wake up each morning feeling optimistic about what the future has in store. But for one reason or another, you can’t figure out how to begin improving every aspect of your life for the better.

Right? You think, “If I can get this new job or increase my monthly income, then I’ll finally be happy.” But sooner or later, you realize that nothing in your life will ever change until you fix your mindset.

So if you want to change the way you see the world, here are several quotes from Bill Gates that will help you to get started. Each of them changed my life for the better, and I’m sure they will do the same for you, too.

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” — Bill Gates

When you learn from the past, it’s much easier to improve your future. So instead of spending all your time wishing things could be different, a better strategy is to use the present moment as an opportunity to become a better person.

The stoics called this concept Amor Fati. In essence, it’s the art of accepting everything you can’t change and focusing solely on what you can. Because if worrying about something won’t change the outcome, what’s the point? There is none.

For example, I accept that I can’t control what happens during the pandemic. However, I can certainly work out each day and eat healthy foods to improve my health.

Although it may seem like an incredibly simple mental exercise, the effect it’ll have on your mental health is profound.

“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” — Bill Gates

If there’s one strategy that changed my life forever, it’s surrounding myself with people who continuously inspire me to become my best self. In other words, I stopped hanging out with pessimistic people who weren’t doing anything to change their life for the better.

Because when you adapt your social circle to include people that help you become 1% better each day, the power of compound interest will create a completely different mindset over time.

Do the people you hang out with inspire you to become a better person? Are they people you can talk to during challenging times? If the answer to either of those questions is no, you definitely need to audit your social circle.

Look, I get it. You’ve known people for several years and are reluctant to let them go. But here’s the thing: If people aren’t pushing you forward to become a better person, they’re holding you back.

You get the idea. When you surround yourself with people that inspire you to succeed, you’ll quickly find yourself achieving a lot more than you ever thought possible.

“Money has no utility to me beyond a certain point.” Bill Gates

I know exactly what you’re thinking. “Bill Gates is a billionaire… of course he’d say that.” True. But it’s a concept that applies to pretty much everyone in society.

Let me explain. A lot of people spend their entire lives chasing a paycheck. All they care about is a few extra dollars in their bank account. But as a result, they rarely get to spend time with their family or do anything else that’s incredibly important.

In case you haven’t already guessed, that strategy will never result in a happy life. Sure, money is essential… but only to a certain point. Because once all of your basic needs are covered, increasing your salary won’t have a tangible effect on your happiness. Quoting an article published by CNBC:

“Buying into happiness materialism — the belief that wealth is an indicator of a happy life — tends to be problematic because it takes time, energy and money away from other life domains that make an important and positive contribution to present life satisfaction.”

Put simply, the absence of money can certainly make you unhappy, as you’re unable to afford basic items such as rent, food, and transportation. But once you have enough to cover your needs, chasing money won’t make you happy, as you’ll be unable to focus on other aspects of life that matter.

So if you want to improve your mindset, start by applying these quotes from Bill Gates to every aspect of your life. What are you waiting for?

Start now.

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