During the coronavirus pandemic, Gates has been committed to keeping his positive energy. Speaking to Andrew Cooper, Gates said: “I’m optimistic that we will get Covid-19 under control in 2021.”
The world’s fourth richest man, valued at $124.5 billion, told how he managed to stay positive when faced with impossibly large tasks.
He attributes part of his optimism to the amount of books he reads.
Gates has been a voracious reader of history which allows him to see the many possibilities the future holds.
“Overall, life is getting better – progress will continue to take place,” Gates said at a virtual summit in 2020. “From technology to telemedicine to advances in health care, we’ve opened up maybe 12 years of progress in just a year.”
Another mammoth task the billionaire has been trying to solve is climate change.
Gates has long been an advocate on reducing carbon emissions and improving the environment.
“I’m optimistic that we’ll make real progress on climate change,” Gates said to Cooper, “because the world is more committed to solving this problem than it has ever been.”
When faced with an endless stream of bad news, it’s easy to get absorbed in doomscrolling.
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“Being an optimist doesn’t mean you ignore tragedy and injustice.
“It means you’re inspired to look for people making progress on those fronts, and to help spread that progress.”