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Showing up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime

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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.

Synopsis:

Through stories and anecdotes, the father of one of the most successful businessmen in history conveys the values and principles he has learned in life, has instilled in his children, and which he now practices on a world stage as the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Original.

Synopsis:

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 during the Great Depression, and that 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; and 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 fourscore 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.

About the Author

WILLIAM GATES, Sr., a prominent lawyer, civil activist, and philanthropist, is cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

MARY ANN MACKIN provides speechwriting services to CEOs of corporations and foundations in a number of industries.

Table of Contents

Foreword / Bill Gates, Jr. — Some second thoughts about thinking — Showing up for life — Hard work — Radical generosity — Open-mindedness — Getting along — Speaking out — Learning how to lose — Honoring a confidence — Finding meaning in your work — Thinking tall — Showing up for your family — Sharing your gifts with others — Connecting people — Creating the change you'd like to see happen — A habit passed down — Celebrating life — Mary's wedding toast — Making your life your message — Never forget to ask "Is it right?" — The power of one — Things I learned from my children — The enduring campfires of Cheerio — The rites and riches of lasting friendships — Learning begins at birth — Marrying well (again) — Grandparents — A lesson on leadership — America at risk — Four-letter words — Getting off the sidelines — Government of the people, by the people, FOR the people — The older you grow the taller you get — An expression of gratitude — Traditions: making memories — Getting everybody dancing — Empowering women — When the benefits of neighboring come full circle — Portraits of courage — Africa, we see you — Walking with giants — The people you meet showing up — A master citizen — There's no problem bigger than we are — These numbers are our neighbors — Public will — How a hole in the fence led a boy from poverty to poetry — A place to start.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385530378
Subtitle:
Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Foreword:
Gates, Bill
Author:
Bill Gates, Sr. with Mary Ann Mackin
Author:
Mary Ann Mackin
Author:
Mackin, Mary Ann
Author:
Bill Gates, Sr.
Author:
Gates, Bill
Author:
Gates, Bill Sr
Subject:
Self-Help : Motivational & Inspirational
Subject:
Problem solving
Subject:
Voluntarism
Subject:
Motivational & Inspirational
Subject:
General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Philanthropy & Charity
Subject:
Generosity
Subject:
Motivational
Subject:
Business-History and Biography
Subject:
Foreign Languages-Chinese
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090428
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
208

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Education » Conflict Resolution
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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Product details 208 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780385530378 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Through stories and anecdotes, the father of one of the most successful businessmen in history conveys the values and principles he has learned in life, has instilled in his children, and which he now practices on a world stage as the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Original.
"Synopsis" by , 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 during the Great Depression, and that 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; and 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 fourscore 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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