When the richest person in the world gives you a few words (or tweets) of wisdom, you listen.
It’s that time of year again. Everyone fresh out of college is wondering how they made it this far, while trying not to panic because of how scary the real world is.
On Monday, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates poured his heart out to college graduates through a series of 14 tweets. They’re nothing short of inspirational and exactly what every recent college graduate needs to see right now.
He started off by sharing that if he was in school nowadays, he would study artificial intelligence, energy or biosciences since they have a lot of potential.
When Gates was in his college years, he began majoring in pre-law at Harvard despite taking math and computers classes. He left sophomore year to start his own computer software company (aka Microsoft), after going on what ended up being a permanent leave of absence.
He also reflected on what he wishes he’d known when he left college, like the fact that intelligence is different for everyone and that anyone can fight the inequities of the world.
So don’t worry if you didn’t graduate with a 4.0 GPA and honors. It’s not the end of the world. In fact, it’s just the beginning. Just remember to stand up for what you believe is right.
Gates also tweeted advice on measuring happiness and surrounding yourself with the right people, pointing out his wife Melinda Gates and friend Warren Buffett as prime examples.
Right after college, the line between who your ‘party’ friends and your real, forever friends are can get blurry. Gates reminds us that we should be around people who push us to be the best we can possibly be.
He even recommended his favorite inspirational book, “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined,” by Steven Pinker. It’s about how our world is becoming more peaceful and less violent over time.
Pinker’s book hit number one on Amazon after Gate’s tweets went viral. Get ready to find everyone reading it on the beach this summer, hoping they end up that successful and rich one day.
Of course, he didn’t sign off without talking about his motivation and promising outlook on the world.
Remember when he was mentioned in Beyoncé’s hit song “Formation” last year? Being acknowledged by Queen Bey obviously proves he’s still relevant today.
Hopefully, all recent college graduates remember this wise Twitter rant whenever they feel lost and overwhelmed. If Bill Gates can believe in us, we sure can believe in ourselves.