Last week I had breakfast with Bill Gates. Myself and
2223 other people had double lattes and stale donuts
as he shared the state of the digital world. To be frank,
I didn’t know what to expect so I thought this was a
terrific opportunity to get to hear this person who has
impacted our world in a very substantive way. Whether
you agree with Microsoft’s business practices or not,
the impact that Bill Gates has had is incredible and
getting to spend breakfast with a billionaire is a good
way to start your day.
There were a few observations that I thought I would
* Billionaires get nervous too – There was some
trouble with his wireless mike (not a software
problem). He was definitely thrown off his game at the
start but once they got him a new mike he quickly got
back on track.
* Big breakthroughs are based upon little
breakthroughs – This also applies in our careers. It is
typically a series of little breakthroughs that opens the
door for the great leaps.
* Professional and personal convergence – Just
as the world of technology has bridged all elements of
our lives, so is the case in our careers. When our
personal and professional lives become more
aligned, this creates what I call a sweet spot.
* The digitized economy – The world is a very
seamless place so we can work anywhere, anytime
and get paid on line. I think that is cool.
* Power to the user – If you notice the big
technology hits, they are enabling users to have more
input and control. This is similar to our careers. We
have more power and we need to learn how to use
The one thing that made the most impression on me
was his optimism. He is very practical and
acknowledged the challenges in the world but was
really excited about the next 10 years in our world. If
you think of the demands and the complexity of his life
and the challenges that he is a part of, you might think
he would be more critical. His authentic optimism is
the big thing that I will take away from my morning with
Along the road with you,