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Career Advice From the World's Richest Man

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Bill Gates, Career AdviceAny one of us could do well to listen to a little career advice from the world's richest man, Bill Gates. After all, Gates, a self-professed one-time "nerd" and college drop-out, has somehow managed to propel himself to the top-most rung on the proverbial "ladder of success", so it's safe to assume he knows a little something about building a fulfilling and profitable career!

So what advice does Gates offer to those taking their first tentative steps into the workforce? Start with an optimistic attitude, for one.

Gates once told graduates at Stamford University that "Optimism is often dismissed as false hope. But there is also false hopelessness." In other words, perseverance will get you a lot further than crumbling under the weight of the inevitable obstacles you'll face.

Gates is also a believer in the importance of approaching your vocation with an open mind. He stresses that there is more than one way to do something and do it well, so don't get stuck on your way being the only "right" way.

In 2016, Gates harnessed the power of Twitter to send out 14 tweets regarding career, life and success meant to inspire grads entering the workforce. Here, in a nutshell, is some of the advice he offered ...

  • Gates suggested artificial intelligence, the energy industry and the bio-sciences as fields that he believes will offer some of the best opportunities going forward.

  • He also plugged what he calls "the most inspiring book I've ever read" -- namely, The Better Angels of Our Nature, which he says would be the graduation gift he'd most like to give every graduate in the country, if he could. The book encourages optimism by pointing out that, even though it can be hard to see, the world is actually much less violent than it's ever been throughout human history, a world view that Gates himself has adopted, and one that he says gives him perspective and strength.

  • Gates also urged grads to surround themselves with people who teach you, challenge you and push you to be your best self.

It's apparent that Gates' definition of career success is inextricably woven together with personal success and happiness. Operating from a place of hopeful optimism and open-mindedness is the best place to start, according to the creator of Microsoft, who has gone on to form the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a way to share his wealth and optimism with the world at large!

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