Bill Gates shares his one regret with new college graduates

Lucy Hill
May 18, 2017

After two years at the elite university, Gates left in 1975 to start Microsoft with Paul Allen.

"It is the most inspiring book I have ever read", he says.

"But while you're challenging yourself to embrace the discomfort of new environments and situations", Gates says, "also keep in mind to treasure the things that make you uniquely you".

Intelligence, for instance, is "not one-dimensional" and takes many different forms. "I hope you make the most of it", he concludes. In this book, Harvard's psychology professor Steven Pinker, according to the New York Times, attempts to explain why "the time is less violent, less harsh and more peaceful than any previous period of human existence" rather than newspaper headlines that shout for the opposite.

"That matters", Gates tweeted, "because if you think the world is getting better, you want to spread the progress to more people and places".

Gates said he didn't see true inequality until his late 30s, when he and wife Melinda Gates took their first trip to Africa.

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates heads up the elevator at Trump Tower in New York City on December 13, 2016.

"This doesn't mean you ignore the serious problems we face". This if the core of my worldview. "You know more about the world's inequities than the classes that came before".

But his tweets mostly focused on personal growth, telling the future generation of workers and leaders to surround themselves with people who encourage and challenge them. I think it can do same for you.

Like American businessman Warren Buffet, Bill measures his happiness by whether people close to him are happy and love him, and by the difference he makes for others.

"It's a timely book about how and why violence has steadily decreased throughout our history, and how we can continue this trend", Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.

All the same, the book is Gates's way of telling young people that things can get better for humanity-a foundational belief of his philanthropic work-and encouraging them to work toward that improvement.

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