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Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime Paperback – May 11, 2010
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"Bill Gates Sr. is a wonderful example of what it means to be a global citizen, teaching us how we can work together for a more just and fair society."
former president Jimmy Carter
“Bill Gates Sr., does more than just show up in this charming and instructive guide to a good life. He shares lessons learned as a husband, a father, a lawyer, a philanthropist, and a citizen. Showing up for life is a gift of great value.”
Top Customer Reviews
Bill writes about the Gates family tradition of reading aloud with his children. My wife and I are now doing that with this book. Our hope is that Bill's wonderful stories and insights will help inspire in them the spirit of "radical generosity" which Bill attributes to his sister and so clearly applies to him better than any other human being I know.
Especially at a time when our world feels unmoored, we desperately need leaders like Bill to inspire us to show up for life in the way he has--for his family, friends, employees, community, nation, and world. Showing Up for Life is a powerful vaccine against cynicism. When you read this book, you can't help but want to use more of the hundreds of quiet decisions you make every day to make a difference in the lives of others.
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.
The book captures both the ordinariness and the exceptional qualities of the Gates family. One exceptional quality is their ability to see themselves as ordinary people, and another is the exceptional quality of their family life. This is how we'd all like to think any "ordinary family" lives. The Gates's understand that the vast majority of families in the world never get to experience this most basic of human needs, and in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we see them acting on that knowledge.
So much of child rearing today is focused on enrichment external to the family and often to its detriment. We read about well-educated "stay-at-home" moms who are so involved in their child-rearing responsibilities that they neglect their wider community ones and are so dominating their children's upbringing that the father doesn't get to play the important role Bill Gates Sr. played in his children's lives.
In the right hands, this little book could revolutionize how we think about raising children to be successful in whatever they choose to do--but especially in parenting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Without Bill Gates Sr., there would be no Bill Gates, Microsoft, or Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pat Chang
Well written and insightful. It is better to give than receive. We are all in this together. A very good read.Published 4 months ago by Julia F.
Just a terrific way to look at life, and the way to approach opportunity... or create your own. A great parenting book, with lots of anecdotes about raising the Gates kids and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Payne
I enjoyed the audio version of this book very much. Recently, Bill and Melinda Gates have been interviewed on the Charlie Rose Show. This book by Bill Gates Sr. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Chad M
I think this book would be very instructive for all young parents. We get the opportunity to listen to the wisdom of a father (and thru him of the mother), regarding raising... Read morePublished 13 months ago by PlatoFromTexas