What Bill Gates Would Have Done Differently

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Bill Gates has taken to Twitter to ponder the past. What would he do differently if he could turn back the clock? What advice does he have for new graduates?

"Looking back on when I left college, there are some things I wish I had known," Gates tweeted.

  1. "Intelligence takes many different forms. It is not one-dimensional. And not as important as I used to think."
  2. "I also have one big regret: When I left school, I knew little about the world’s worst inequities. Took me decades to learn."
  3. "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."
  4. "Meanwhile, surround yourself with people who challenge you, teach you, and push you to be your best self. As [Melinda Gates] does for me."

"[Steven Pinker] shows how the world is getting better. Sounds crazy, but it's true," Gates says. "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," Gates continues.

"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 same for you."

"This is an amazing time to be alive. I hope you make the most of it."

Cheers, Bill.

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