Bill Gates' career advice to new graduates, in 14 tweets
Bill Gates talks to reporters about the 2016 annual letter from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York, Monday, Feb. 22, 2016.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Published Tuesday, May 16, 2017 12:15PM EDT
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates doled out some free advice to the new university and college graduates among his 34.8 million Twitter followers.
In 14 tweets dispatched on Monday, the founder of Microsoft said that artificial intelligence, energy and biosciences are “promising fields” for young people who are just starting their careers.
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. Gates said he measures his own happiness by “whether people close to me are happy and love me, & by the difference I make for others.”
Gates also suggested a book titled “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” which he said was “the most inspiring book I’ve ever read.”
The bestselling book by Steven Pinker outlines how violence around the globe has declined over centuries and puts into context the wars, murders and other violent crimes that occur in the modern era.
Gates, who runs the charitable Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with his wife, said the idea that the world is getting better, as Pinker argues in his book, “sounds crazy, but it’s true.”
“That matters because if you think the world is getting better, you want to spread the progress to more people and places,” he tweeted.
Since Gates’ tweetstorm, sales of “The Better Angels of Our Nature” surged on Amazon.
Gates wrapped up his advice by tweeting: “This is an amazing time to be alive. I hope you make the most of it.”
1/ New college grads often ask me for career advice. At the risk of sounding like this guy…https://t.co/C68mjJ5g44— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017
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.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017
3/ Looking back on when I left college, there are some things I wish I had known.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017
4/ E.g. Intelligence takes many different forms. It is not one-dimensional. And not as important as I used to think.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017
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.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017
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.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017
7/ Meanwhile, surround yourself with people who challenge you, teach you, and push you to be your best self. As @MelindaGates does for me.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017