William Henry “Bill” Gates III (born October 28, 1955) – the founder of the software giant Microsoft is a synonym of success. A success that many of us dream but rare to achieve. But it is not all in its resume. More important fact is he is the one who – in partnership with his wife Melinda – runs a charity foundation which does humanity works. His villa is unique in its own and so does his death-will. He earns a lot and he spends a lot for the charity work.
It might be comparatively easy to earn then to spend it for the good cause, where there is no material/wealth return, but just the satisfaction of doing something good for the others. He is the one who is probably a capitalist and a soft human at the same time.
He was invited as the commencement speaker at the Harvard, where he himself was studying, before 30 years. He was a drop-out and considered as one of the most successful drop-outs, but his words, the lesson of life he gave shows his human side, which is more important.
Below is the video of his commencement speech at Harvard, and our personal summary of the words of wisdom we found from the same.
- Improving your odds doesn’t guarantee success.
- Humanity’s greatest advances are not in its discoveries – but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity.
- Reducing inequity is the highest human achievement.
- In this age of accelerating technology – we can finally take on these inequities, and we can solve them.
- The most important question one should ask to him/herself is – how can we do the most good for the greatest number with the resources we have?
- To turn caring into action, we need to see a problem, see a solution, and see the impact.
- We have to work with what we have in hand.
- You can’t get people excited unless you can help them see and feel the impact.
- From those to whom much is given, much is expected.
It would be interesting to see what you think about the speech and what you found interesting in the same. Don’t hesitate to comment even your views are different than ours. Together we may learn better.