Some college students can’t wait to finish, graduate and never have to spend a minute sitting down reading a book. Well, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates (who so happened to be among the top 5 wealthiest people) is a firm believer that learning should not be neglected post-college.
As a matter of fact, Mr. Gates wants all students graduating from colleges around the U.S. this year to read one of his new favorite books; he is footing the bill for the entire class of 2018.
If you are a graduate (class of 2018) from a U.S. college, you can grab your free (paid for by Gates) copy of Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling.
He goes further to quote from the book, saying “When we have a fact-based worldview, we can see that the world is not as bad as it seems – and we can see what we have to do to keep making it better.”
Gates then in his own words urges class of 2018 graduates, “My wish for you at this special time is to learn to think, and act, factfully.”
All U.S. college graduates can download the book from Gate’s blog, Gates Notes, for at least throughout this week. You (grads) must fill out some basic identification details, including the name of their affiliated and accredited school before getting the e-book.
The book was co-authored by Rosling, a Swedish statistician and an academic who passed away last year. Rosling wrote the book together with his son and daughter-in-law. The book is about the human tendency to see the bad in everything; something that is consistent throughout the world. The book lays out various human instincts that lead to this distorted perspectives of the world.