Gates Paraphrased Advice

This is paraphrased from Bill Gates’ Twitter feed. Here we go:

New college grads often ask me for career advice …

  • AI, energy, and biosciences are promising fields where you can make a huge impact. It’s what I would do if starting out today.
  • Looking back on when I left college, there are some things I wish I had known. Intelligence takes many different forms. It is not one-dimensional. And not as important as I used to think. I also have one big regret: When I left school, I knew little about the world’s worst inequitities. Took me decades to learn.
  • You know more than I did when I was your age. You can start fighting inequity, whether down the street or around the world, sooner.
  • Meanwhile, surround yourself with people who challenge you, teach you, and push you to be your best self. As Melinda Gates does for me.
  • Like Warren Buffet, I measure my happiness by whether people close to me are happy and love me, and by the difference I make for others.
  • Try this book. Shows how the world is getting better. Sounds crazy, but it’s true. This is the most peaceful time in human history.
  • That matters because if you think the world is getting better, you want to spread the progress to more people and places.
  • It doesn’t mean you ignore the serious problems we face. It just means you believe they can be solved.
  • This is the core of my worldview it sustains me in tough times and is the reason I love my work. I think it can do the same for you.

And, probably, the most important … This is an amazing time to be alive. I hope you make the most of it.