Whether you are a Mac, PC, or whatever, you can’t deny Bill Gates is one smart dude. You do not become the richest man on the planet for roughly two decades without knowing what you are doing.
However, I still submit these 11 words are some of the dumbest ever said by the second richest man on earth. Especially when taken out of context.
Taken from a 2011 interview, a quote from Gates recently gained some viral juice on the interwebs and it caught my eye.
I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.
On the surface this looks like your typical inspirational quote. A tenacious tidbit to instill a little hustle. A soundbite intended to stir someone to action.
Initially, I thought this saying was spot on. Way to work hard, Mr. Gates. But after about three seconds it pissed me right off. Once a few more moments went by I felt sad.
- Exaggerated. Never took a day off for a decade? Really? At only 32 years old I couldn’t tell you with absolute certainty how many days off I did or didn’t take in my twenties. Not even what I had for breakfast last Friday.
- Unrealistic. I was married with a kid just shy of turning 23. Good ol’ Bill didn’t tie the knot until he was nearly 40. Pretty sure working straight through for a decade would leave a dude divorced.
- Unhealthy. No days off for ten years?! That sounds like a recipe for depression, boredom, stress, and dysfunctional relationships. They only way it seems feasible is if the lines between work and play are blurred beyond recognition. If the day job is so much fun it’s better than Hawaii, you win.
- Context. Eleven words from 4-year-old interview tacked on an inspirational meme and plastered across social media can’t possibly tell the whole story.
As the interview continues Gates shares his “fanatical” approach to life and active involvement with his children.
Rich is a relative term. Relationships have the highest ROI.
Do you use all your vacation days?