Today, Netflix released a 3-part documentary about Bill Gates. The man is fascinating for many reasons.
The way he thinks.
His journey to globalizing office software, building one of the world’s biggest companies, becoming its richest man and, now, leading its largest foundation.
But I think the best reason to find Bill Gates interesting is this:
Throughout the series, an interviewer keeps asking Bill common questions in quick succession.
“What’s your favorite food?”
“What’s your favorite animal?”
You know, the usual. But then, suddenly, the interviewer will throw in an uncommon question.
Maybe, it’s to throw him off guard and get an honest answer. Maybe, they just made it look that way.
Regardless, at one point, the interviewer asks:
“What was the worst day in your life?”
Bill squints. He looks down. He’s thinking, but not really. He knows what he has to say, but he doesn’t want to say it. No one would.
“The day my mother died.”
There it is. A man who achieved literally everything there could possibly be to achieve in this world. And what did he say? The day his mother died.
He didn’t say “the day Steve accused me of stealing from him.”
He didn’t say “the day someone threw a cake in my face and the whole world saw it.”
He didn’t say “the day we had to pay $1.3 billion for anticompetitive behavior.”
He said, “the day my mother died.”
No matter who you are in this world, no matter who you aspire to be or how big your dreams…at the end of the day, life is not about money, or status, or power.
It’s about people.
The people you meet. The people you miss. The people you hate. Most of all, it’s about the people you love.
Some of them will die before you do. Nothing will ever bring them back.
We all have limited time. But when it comes to spending it with those we hold dearest, we might have even less.
Today, Bill Gates reminded me of this fact. I think we should never forget it.