Showing Up for Life – Bill Gates Sr.

Short and sweet. Showing Up for Life by Bill Gates Sr. is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone and everyone. I loved reading it and I learned so much! Easy read and great, inspiring stories told.


  1. “Dad, the next time somebody asks you if you’re the real Bill Gates, I hope you say, “Yes.” I hope you tell them you’re all the things the other one strives to be.”
  2. Make time for yourself to think.
  3. We are all in this together and we need each other.
  4. 80% of success is showing up.
  5. Show up because you care about the cause, or because you care about the person who asked you to show, or because it irritates you when others don’t show up.
  6. We’ve all known people a few steps ahead of us whether it’s a difficult older sibling or a controlling boss who seem determined that no one else will ever make it to their station in life without undergoing the same pain and hardship they suffered.
  7. Focus less on how the world was and more on how it ought to be.
  8. Don’t make up your mind about everything.
  9. There is no place in this world for poor/sore losers. Be gracious.
  10. A commitment doesn’t have to be written down or prefaced with an “I promise” to bear weight. Even social promises must be kept and many of us make commitments too casually.
  11. Our future is shaped by how we respond to the challenges and opportunities life throws at us.
  12. In relationships, sometimes it is better to reform one’s own expectations.
  13. Treat everyone like they’re important.
  14. Many of us come to intersections in our work lives where there’s a temptation to take a wrong turn. Find your conscience and hold it close.
  15. Do the right thing no matter what.
  16. A single individual with boundless passion for a good idea can change lives for the better.
  17. No matter what you do, never ever demean your child.
  18. If you have a question, the answer exists somewhere. All you have to do is go find itIf we can summon the confidence to follow our hearts and rise to the occasion even when it involves going where it hurts, we can make a lot of wishes – our own and those of others – come true.
  19. Everybody is good at something. And you should look for that one thing in others and find it in yourself.
  20. What children know or don’t know before they ever see the inside of a classroom has a major impact on problems that can show up later on.
  21. It’s never too late to get better at living with those you love. Candid, objective conversations can resolve disagreements, prevent heated words, build trust, and deepen relationships.
  22. We never have to stop growing.
  23. When strong women are empowered and given choices, they can improve the quality of their lives, and the lives of their families and communities.
  24. The tipping force for change is something called public will. The public has to have the will to make the change happen.
  25. It all begins with showing up.
The surest sign of intelligence is an open mind.
*I take no credit for any of these points.

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