A heartfelt, deeply personal book, Showing Up for Life shines a bright light on the values and principles that Bill Gates Sr. has learned over a lifetime of “showing up” — lessons that he learned growing up in the Great Depression, and which he instilled in his children and continues to practice on the world stage as the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Through the course of several dozen narratives arranged in roughly chronological fashion, Gates introduces the people and experiences that influenced his thinking and guided his moral compass. Among them: the scoutmaster who taught him about teamwork and self reliance; his famous son, Trey, whose curiosity and passion for computers and software led him to ultimately co-found Microsoft. Through revealing stories of his daughters, Kristi and Libby; his late wife Mary, and his current wife Mimi; and his work with Nelson Mandela and Jimmy Carter, among others, he discusses the importance of hard work, getting along, honoring a confidence, speaking out, and much more.
Showing Up for Life translates one man’s experiences over four score years of living into an inspiring road map for readers everywhere.
As Bill Gates Sr. puts it:
I’m 83 years old. Representing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and everyone who is a part of it has given me the opportunity to see more of the world and its rich possibilities than most people ever do. I never imagined that I’d be working this late in life, or enjoying it so much.
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Average at best....
Would have been better if the entire book was read by the author. There are some decent behind the scene MS tid bits, but it's mostly built around how great his kids are and how special his first wife was. I think in general, Bill Gates Sr. is a kind and decent man which comes out both in the book and when you hear him in person. However, considering he prides himself on deep thinking and always encouraged that in his kids, this book is pretty surface and bland.
Showing Up for Life
This book speaks of American life at its best. Often mentioning his gratefulness to others and mindful of the blessings that enabled a middle class family to build success on many levels - family, business and giving to others in intelligent and tangible ways. No wonder Bill Jr. (referred to by a family nickname I'll let you learn) and his siblings to be so successful.
This book left me with pride for our country and the legacy that we are all able to build in our own creative and significant ways. You'll find no hubris as Bill Sr. kindly speaks of his sometimes controversial beliefs and the family heritage he and his wife provided their family.
He covers his belief about certain taxes and the joys of a lifestyle of giving in extravagant ways – one very notable gift from his sister has affected everyone in Bill Senior’s life and those around and no doubt the giving legacy the family is generating.
God Bless the Gates family for sharing their experience with the world - not as a duty, but as an enjoyable lifestyle.