I usually don’t review books but I am a big fan of Bill Gates and was excited when I heard that there is a new book about Bill Gates’ thoughts on business and philanthropy. Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words is a new book edited by Lisa Rogak. Bill Gates made his name in business but in his second act, he is tackling big hairy goals like eradicating malaria and reforming the U.S. education system.
I think that Bill Gates’ impact through philanthropy will someday vastly overshadow his work in technology. Here are a few of my favorite qutes from the book.
“Why isn’t there outrage, absolute outrage over this issue (disparity in the educational system)? Why aren’t there protests every day, I don’t understand. Why wouldn’t this activate people the way that it during the Civil Rights Movement?”
“The world is getting better, but it’s not getting better fast enough, and it’s not getting better for everyone.”
“I’m an optimist. I think this is a wonderful time to be alive. There are so many opportunities to do things that were impossible before.”