Like you, I’m sure, I love America, but the love has changed. I started out with the child version: America is the greatest and most powerful country on earth.
Editor’s Note: Thanks to Amy Salo, who pointed me to this article on her blog.
You only put a lot of money and time into something when when you have relentless confidence in your abilities.
But there was another side of Gates — quite the opposite of his unshakable confidence. From the day he started Microsoft, he insisted on always having enough cash in the bank to keep the company alive for 12 months with no revenue coming in.
As a result, Gates erred on the side of caution.
“I always had to be careful that we wouldn’t hire too many people,” he said in a 2017 interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” “I was always worried because people who worked for me were older than me and had kids, and I always thought, ‘What if we don’t get paid? Will I be able to meet the payroll?’”
Exerpt: "Many of us have an overwhelming need to rubberneck, to slow down when we pass a crash on the highway. This is odd, as most people don’t go out of their way to visit the morgue, just for kicks. And yet… I hope we’d agree that if people started staging car crashes on the side of the road to get attention, we’d be outraged."
Editor’s note: My dear friend and exemplar, Rich Clark, sent me this after reading last month’s blog about zero-sum people.
Editor’s note: My life has essentially been a (still) unending struggle to move from deficit to surplus thinking. I’m making progress.
Editor’s note: Among the best books I’ve ever read was Wilkerson’s “Warmth of Other Suns” a non-fiction account of the south to north and west migration of black Americans. When I saw she wrote a new one, I gladly pre-ordered it. This article allows an early peek into the book and makes me only more eager to receive it. My own life often feels like the struggle of one who is both a beneficiary and a fighter of the system.