Bill Gates Reveals What He Learned From Warren Buffett About Work-Life Balance and Self-Assessment
Sure, Bill Gates is one of the wealthiest people alive. That doesn’t mean he knows everything though. Everyone has something left to learn and for Bill Gates, it appears that lesson came from no other than Warren Buffett.
On his GatesNotes blog, in a post entitled “What I learned at work this year,” Gates decided to “take stock of [his] work and personal life.”
He has shared what he believes is the best way of measuring success in life.
“One thing that occurs to me is that the questions I am asking myself at age 63 are very different from the ones I would have asked when I was in my 20s. Back then, an end-of-year assessment would amount to just one question: Is Microsoft software making the personal-computing dream come true?” Gates wrote in his blog.
“Today of course I still assess the quality of my work. But I also ask myself a whole other set of questions about my life. Did I devote enough time to my family? Did I learn enough new things? Did I develop new friendships and deepen old ones? These would have been laughable to me when I was 25, but as I get older, they are much more meaningful.”
He continues: “Melinda has helped broaden my thinking on this point. So has Warren Buffett, who says his measure of success is, “Do the people you care about love you back?” I think that is about as good a metric as you will find.”
It’s so easy to get caught up in money and power. Gates has all that though. But what REALLY MATTERS? Love, we agree. It’s such a wonderful metric, we all should consider it as well.