If you read one book this year, please let it be ‘Showing Up for Life – Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime” by Bill Gates Sr. In the book, his famous son, the more well-known Bill Gates said this “Dad, the next time somebody asks if you’re the real Bill Gates, I hope you say , “Yes”. I hope you tell them that you’re all the things the other one strives to be”
This has been my “Wow” book! In this book, Bill Gates Sr. talks about showing up for life… being there, volunteering. He talks about hard work, and radical generosity. Bill Gates Sr. is 83 years old, and says he is priviledged to be representing and running the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He says he never imagined he would be working this late in life, or that he would be enjoying it so much. He says he gets up early every morning because ‘he enjoys it’, and he thinks it suits him much better than lying on a beach.
As you may be aware, the work that Bill and Melinda Gates have done has garnered them the Time Magazine ‘Persons of the Year Award’, sharing the award with Bono in 2005. Read about the fantastic work these three people do in this article.
But first, pick up this book by Bill Gates Sr. It will move you. And hopefully, it will inspire you to get out and do a little bit of volunteer work or just to ‘show up’ for the people you love. Tom Brokaw called the book a “Gift of Great Value”. I couldn’t agree more. That’s enough reason to say ‘Thank you Mr. Gates for writing this book”. I loved it. I want to do more.