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Thursday, August 19, 2004One would assume that Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world, got there by working hard 24/7. But it seems he also has the wisdom to take off on "Think Weeks" -a one week 'thinking' retreat to a remote cabin by the lake with no means of electronic communication.All he has with him is food, a pile of books to read and a bed to laze on. Away from it all, this quiet time alone allows new thoughts and perspectives to arise, voices usually lost in the hectic hurly burly of the modern daily routine.Each "Think Week" might translate into new action directions that help Bill Gates to stay flexible and take the initiative in the future!Bill Gates on his practice of taking "Think Weeks":
"It's easy to spend so much time thinking about today's markets and competitors that you're not ready for those you'll encounter tomorrow. That's why I schedule "think weeks" several times a year-so I can spend time reading up on trends that are just beyond the horizon.""I go off for a week with no interruptions. In fact, this one I was pretty religious about not doing e-mail, no phone calls and just day and night, other than sleeping, I'm reading."
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