One my of my favorite magazines, PORTER has so many amazing features every issue on everyone from top fashion designers to the most giving philanthropists. For their Winter 2014 issue, they captured Melinda Gates’ “Golden Rules” for life and they were simple yet devine. I try to follow the below on C+B every week and in my own life every day. I hope you do the same, you deserve it!
In co-founding the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, philanthropist Melinda Gates has taken on some of the toughest humanitarian challenges facing the world today. From extreme poverty and disease in developing countries to plugging holes in the America’s education system, her foundation targets specific issues to achieve realistic results.
1. Trust yourself. This is the most important thing. Everybody has an inner truth and if you learn how to listen to it, you’ll be happier in everything you do.
2. Make time for quiet self-reflection. There are distractions everywhere, and you need to connect with nature and quiets truths to live a meaningful, balanced life.
3. Cultivate great friends and keep them close. Tell them what you’re learning and what you’re excited about, and they’ll do the same for you.
4. Be a lifelong learner. Learn new topics. Take up new hobbies. Revisit a subject you thought you learned in school. You will be amazed at what you don’t know and what the world holds in store.
5. Broaden your world view. I didn’t know anything about half of the world until I was in my early thirties. I’ve spent the last 20 years filling in that gap and its one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.
6. Connect deeply with others. Our humanity is the one thing that we all have in common.
7. Get a good night’s sleep! I’m talking about eight hours. And while you’re at it, exercise. Your mind and body need it.
8. Laugh aloud as often as possible. Laugh with others. Laugh at yourself. However you laugh, do it with abandon.
9. Teach your children your values – don’t just teach them how to tie their shoes and do multiplication tables. Teach them how to think about the important things in life.
10. Read books with your friends and family and talk about them. You learn and grow more when you do it within a community.
Article source: Porter Magazine Winter 2014