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Everybody loves a “me day”. It’s an excuse to be selfish, recharge and suspend the stress of the world for a few hours. Chances are, you’re imagining a day in your dressing gown eating Ben and Jerry’s and binge-watching your favourite shows on Netflix. Here’s the thing - ultra-wealthy people would never waste their day like that.

This is how the world’s elite spend their free time:

Learning an instrument

Learning an instrument isn’t just about playing music. It’s about focus, co-ordination and self belief. Warren Buffett - one of the richest men in the world (he’s worth 62 BILLION dollars) plays the ukulele every day? Have you ever heard a ukulele? They sound terrible, even if they’re played well. Buffett probably knows that but it keeps his mind sharp and ready to profit from the next big thing in the world.

Playing sport

Bill Gates plays tennis at least once a week - often more. If you have a preconception that sports people are sub-par intellectually… stop it. Chances are, you’re the fool here. Sport develops strategy, lateral thinking and effective target setting. Start thinking about your life as a sport and you’ll soon understand.

Cooking

Think the ultra-wealthy all have private chefs? Well, you’re probably right. But some of them also love the relaxation and fast satisfaction that cooking provides. Taylor Swift bakes as often as she can. It calms the mind. And it’s frankly delicious.

They don’t lounge in front of the TV

One study from America showed that people who earn under $20,000 a year spend 1/3 of their free time on “passive leisure”. That’s watching TV, playing video games or scrolling through social media. People who earn over $100,000 spend less than 1/5 of their time doing these things. If your favourite show has 21 episodes in a season and each one is an hour long, you’ve spend almost an entire day watching it. Imagine what you could have achieved.

April 17, 2017 by Men's Society

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