This is how stress is solved with Bill Gates’ ‘closet theory’

One of the characteristics of Bill Gates is that he has always given his opinion, whatever the topic. The Microsoft founder is especially active on the subject of the pandemic, but he has also given his perspective regarding the future of the economy or the situation in Greenland. Now see the light ‘trick’ to reduce stress that he has applied throughout his life.

This is known as ‘closet theory’ which, according to the American philanthropist, will allow produce more and get reduce the stress. It is a simple method, which emerged as a result of the search by the billionaire to find out why stress and low productivity at work.

According to the tycoon’s analysis, and as he has already explained on occasion, Bill Gates prefers do not invest large sums of money in clothing, since it considers it “an unnecessary expense”, which does not contribute anything to life, neither personal nor work. According to this theory, having only the essentials in the closet allows you to have a identifiable image, generate empathy with the client and labor responsibility. In addition, it allows you to never be late for work because you do not know what clothes to choose.

A simple wardrobe with the essential clothes

According to this theory, one would only have to have a simple closet with the “essentials”: a coat for cold winter days or t-shirts for summer. By following this method, Bill Gates assures that he has “less stress” throughout the year, which indirectly leads him to be more productive.

This method undoubtedly caused surprise when he said it, but he is not the only tycoon in the world who follows it. This is the case, for example, of the founder of Facebook and current CEO of Meta, mark zuckerberg, who usually dresses without great luxuries. The same was the case with the founder of Apple, Steve Jobswho in his great technological finery dressed in a simple black sweater and jeans.

The five habits that Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos share

Elon Musk
Elon Musk. Photo: Adrien Fillon (Zuma Press)

According to research carried out by the author Tom Corley, in which he has interviewed 223 owners of large fortunes, there are several patterns of behavior shared by some of the big tycoons. Carley is also the author of The daily habits of rich people.

Thus, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos share a habit: learn something new every day, even if it is for at least two minutes a day. This is a way to keep the creativity and a active brain. Some of the results of the respondents are:

  • 49% said that every day I learned new words.
  • 61% practice new habilities, whether it was a sport, an online class, for at least two hours a day.
  • 63% said they listened audiobooks during their commutes to work.
  • 71% also dedicate time to reading self-help books
  • Many claimed to consume biographies of successful people
  • They all claim they work 50 hours a week.

In addition, 81% of the millionaires studied actively seek feedback of others every day, both inside and outside the workplace. In this way, they can have perspectives and other different points of view, since from outside or from a completely remote sector something can be seen with a more constructive point of view.

“If you want unusual results, you’ll need some brilliant organizational misfits on his team” is a mentality that Bezos is most in favor of. This is because all profiles have something to contribute and all professionals can contribute a disruptive vision of any business that had not been foreseen.

In addition, no one neglects health, something very important. The longer they live, the more they earn; the healthier they are, the better for their businesses, their actions, and their creativity. Finally, Corley adds three economic habits: save 20% of salary; invest your savings, and be very prudent when it comes to money issues.

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This is how stress is solved with Bill Gates’ ‘closet theory’