On Monday, as first reported by Business Insider, Bill Gates tweeted some advice to new college graduates.
Here are his words of wisdom, in 14 tweets:
1/ New college grads often ask me for career advice. At the risk of sounding like this guy…
2/ AI, energy, and biosciences are promising fields where you can make a huge impact. It’s what I would do if starting out today.
3/ Looking back on when I left college, there are some things I wish I had known.
4/ E.g. Intelligence takes many different forms. It is not one-dimensional. And not as important as I used to think.
5/ I also have one big regret: When I left school, I knew little about the world’s worst inequities. Took me decades to learn.
6/ 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.
7/ Meanwhile, surround yourself with people who challenge you, teach you, and push you to be your best self. As @MelindaGates does for me.
8/ Like @WarrenBuffett I measure my happiness by whether people close to me are happy and love me, & by the difference I make for others.
9/ If I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be this–the most inspiring book I’ve ever read.
Credit: Steven Pinker
Bill Gates: “The Most Inspiring Book I Ever Read”
10/ @SAPinker shows how the world is getting better. Sounds crazy, but it’s true. This is the most peaceful time in human history.
11/ That matters because if you think the world is getting better, you want to spread the progress to more people and places.
12/ It doesn’t mean you ignore the serious problems we face. It just means you believe they can be solved.
13/ 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.
14/ This is an amazing time to be alive. I hope you make the most of it.