Showing up for Life

Showing up for Life

Thoughts on the Gifts of A Lifetime

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385527019
Branch Call Number: 179.9 GAT
Characteristics: xiii, 192 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Mackin, Mary Ann

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ClaireM_W
Jun 03, 2012

This is written by the rich and famous guy's father, who sounds very charming and does indeed have comforting fatherly advice.

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