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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (245 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Gates, Sr. Bill Gates, Mary Ann Mackin Narrator: Bill Gates, Patrick Egan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A heartfelt, deeply personal book, Showing Up for Life shines a bright light on the values and principles that Bill Gates Sr. has learned over a lifetime of “showing up” — lessons that he learned growing up in the Great Depression, and which he instilled in his children and continues to practice on the world stage as the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Through the course of several dozen narratives arranged in roughly chronological fashion, Gates introduces the people and experiences that influenced his thinking and guided his moral compass. Among them: the scoutmaster who taught him about teamwork and self reliance; his famous son, Trey, whose curiosity and passion for computers and software led him to ultimately co-found Microsoft. Through revealing stories of his daughters, Kristi and Libby; his late wife Mary, and his current wife Mimi; and his work with Nelson Mandela and Jimmy Carter, among others, he discusses the importance of hard work, getting along, honoring a confidence, speaking out, and much more.

Showing Up for Life translates one man’s experiences over four score years of living into an inspiring road map for readers everywhere.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Bill Senior is as wise as his son is brilliant. I’ve learned a lot from both of them and believe everyone can benefit from the insights Bill Senior shares in this book. Warren Buffett
  • Bill Gates Sr. is a wonderful example of what it means to be a global citizen, teaching us how we can work together for a more just and fair society. President Jimmy Carter
  • Bill Gates Sr. does more than just show up in this charming and instructive guide to a good life. He shares lessons learned as a husband, a father, a lawyer, a philanthropist and a citizen.  Showing up for life is a gift of great value. Tom Brokaw

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Courtney Standerfer | 2/14/2014

    " Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me. Quick easy read. Could've gone without him injecting his political opinions 3/4 of the way in but it is his book, so oh well "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sara | 2/11/2014

    " Bill Gates Sr. is an impressive person. Smart, reasonable, real. Liked this - motivating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brenda Senturia | 2/5/2014

    " This book is a very fast read. It is a series of anecdotes or mini-portraits of people who have been important in Gates Sr's life. There were lots of lessons about living and setting a moral compass for one's life. There was also some good commentary on raising children. Still, it was a bit bland for my style and mostly good sense anyway. The strongest writing came in his descriptions of people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gail | 1/25/2014

    " Bill Gates Senior writes about his life and his parenting experiences bringing up Bill Gates Jr. among other things. It's a very wise and insightful book written by a man now in his 80's who fathered one of the most successful men in the world. Senior has such optimism and shares such hope during a time when we need leaders with wisdom, I'm grateful he shared those thoughts in this little book. "

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