Bill and Melinda Gates have been doing social work for a long time now. They have been helping the poor, the needy and the ones suffering from poverty and hunger since the day they were born. Since they are aware of the ups downs of the world, they opened their 10th Annual letter by saying “Despite the headlines, we see a world that’s getting better”.
The letter contains 10 questions which focus on different problems the world is facing. Some examples of questions; “Why don’t you give money to the climate change? What do you have to show for the billions you’ve spent on U.S education?” However, this does not imply that the couple is unaware of the things happening all over the world. They both are aware of the atrocities the world has been facing for decades. They stay focused on the current philanthropic things they are engaged with.
The attitude of the billionaire couple towards life and each other is exemplary and can teach us some important lessons. Let us see what 3 lessons they teach us about Life, Love, and Privilege.
Malinda Gates wrote:
“When Bill first came over to the foundation from Microsoft, he was used to being in charge. I’d stayed home with our kids, so I was restarting my career. There were times I felt that disparity—in meetings when I was reticent and he was voluble, or when the person we were meeting with looked toward Bill and not me. It’s always been important to us that we are equal partners in our foundation’s work. We’ve learned over time to give each other feedback at home about times in the office when we didn’t meet that goal.”
It is very important to develop tolerance. Arguments do take place when there is a difference of opinion. But, we should be able to accept the fact that everyone has the right to think and say what they want. When we are working as a team, we should keep in mind that we are all working for the same cause. Our efforts as a group take us closer to a common point. Since it is impossible to completely avoid disagreement in a relationship, what we can do is to learn to be patient towards our partner and try to settle on a point of mutual understanding.
Bill and Malinda Gates were asked about their opinion on the privileges they have, they responded in a very blunt and direct manner. Malinda Wrote:
“No. It’s not fair that we have so much wealth when billions of others have so little. And it’s not fair that our wealth opens doors that are closed to most people.” Further she wrote “World leaders tend to take our phone calls and seriously consider what we have to say. Cash-strapped school districts are more likely to divert money and talent toward ideas they think we will fund.”
Those who are successful must be aware of their worth and the privileges they have. More importantly, they should be able to know the ones who don’t have access to the basic necessities of life. It becomes the duty of the privileged to spend the resources they have to help the world in need. Bill and Malinda, look for the areas which stay ignored by the government and the corporate sector and try to help them as much as possible. All of their focus is on the suffering part of the world and, for that, they are doing everything they can.
Bill and Malinda Gates was asked about the motivational factor behind all the social work they are doing. In response to the question Bill Gates stated two main reasons:
“It is meaningful work and It is fun.”
If you think that helping the needy is a meaningful act which you enjoy doing, there is no such feeling in the world. The reasons are not important when you are doing something positive. If the result is the betterment of the world, we should ignore the reasons behind the deeds. Bill and Malinda are well known for the good deeds more than all the organizations in the world.
They keep on helping the deserving without expecting anything in return. They enjoy giving because of the satisfaction they receive when they see people happy because of them.