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Bill Gates Offers Advice to New Grads in 300 Words – And Crushes It.

May 16, 2017Announcements, brands

This month, college students all over the USA and the world will be graduating and entering the “real world” otherwise known as the work force. How many of them will be entrepreneurs? How many of them will help solve the world’s greatest problems?

As automation and technology advances at an exponential rate, what fields and industries will still yield jobs for our recent graduates?

Enter Bill Gates, with some sage advice – posted to Twitter of course. Here is the full text, taken from his tweets…

AI, energy, and biosciences are promising fields where you can make a huge impact. It’s what I would do if starting out today. Looking back on when I left college, there are some things I wish I had known. E.g. Intelligence takes many different forms. It is not one-dimensional. And not as important as I used to think.

I also have one big regret: When I left school, I knew little about the world’s worst inequities. Took me decades to learn. 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.

Meanwhile, surround yourself with people who challenge you, teach you, and push you to be your best self. As Melinda Gates does for me. Like Warren Buffett I measure my happiness by whether people close to me are happy and love me, & by the difference I make for others.

If I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be this–the most inspiring book I’ve ever read (The Better Angels Of Our Nature). [Author Steven Pinker] shows how the world is getting better. Sounds crazy, but it’s true. This is the most peaceful time in human history.

 

And, it’s worth mentioning that his advice begins with the all-too-famous scene from 1967’s The Graduate…

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