Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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 and his famous son, 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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|Listening Length||3 hours and 36 minutes|
|Author||Bill Gates Sr.|
|Narrator||Patrick Egan, Bill Gates Sr.|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 28, 2009|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #158,742 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#49 in Philanthropy & Charity (Audible Books & Originals)
#396 in Philanthropy & Charity (Books)
#8,470 in Personal Success
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Unfortunately, people don't realize that the way Microsoft became so successful is that they used unfair business practices that put many companies out of business and killed many jobs. They were a ruthless company. So it's nice to see that some of those ill gotten gains are being put to use helping others.
If you want to make a difference in our relationships, family, work place, community, town, state .... read this book.
I wish I’d read it before Bill Sr passing - I’d love to tell him how the book changed my outlook and reinforced giving back.
Perfect. You can't help but be struck by the integrity and regal bearing of this man, one who clearly celebrates and honors the achievements of all three of his children equally. The book is also a paean to his late wife, Mary, a legend in non-profit and charitable organization circles.
I listened to the Audio CD version of this book. I highly recommend it. It's great drive-time material - inspiring stuff to stir your imagination to and from the office.
There is a flow in this story that connects parents' lives, ambitions and dreams to what will become a dominant figure in software industry and philanthropy.
We all know from various stories what Bill Gates did during his early years, but we know much less about the parents. This book is a good read from a parenthood perspective. Both parents had a very hard time with Bill Gates Jnr and they handled the situation in a very smart way. If the father did not have an independent and positive life in his early years, with a rare opportunity to spend time with a great mentor, perhaps Bill Gates Jnr could have ended up as a rebel, competent and difficult successful manager or business man with good but not great achievements.
The book provides a glimpse of the family life, tradition with ups and downs and with amazing successes and tragedy. The work of the family in the field of philanthropy is also inspiring. A good book with a great story that makes an interesting read for most people as this is not a book that discusses the merits of a particular operating system or technology.
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The book was a solid read overall and will likely be a source of inspiration for generations to come. That said, I found the book to be a little too heavy on the discussion of activism. Global issues are undoubtedly important, but Gates Sr. treads dangerously close to the line of preachiness in his rhetoric.