I really enjoyed the latest TV documentary on Netflix about Bill Gates, Inside Bill’s Brain.
I couldn’t help but jot down some notes as I watched it (omg please don’t judge me) and thought I’d share it here!
Firstly, I am CONSTANTLY searching for great documentaries, or interesting and educational talks to watch with my kids (teenagers), that are well-produced and entertaining, to provoke some kind of discussion.
Inside Bill’s Brain ticked those boxes.
Bill Gates apparently reads 150 pages an hour and has 90% retention. Ugh I’m so jealous.
Both his parents were very involved in the community, on boards for various organisations and believed in giving back.
His mum created opportunities for Bill to be involved in social /community activities. Getting him to welcome guests at an event or hand out flyers. She basically forced him into social settings!
He reads a lot. He’s able to look at a very complex problem, see patterns, arrange things to make sense. His wife describes his brains as “chaotic”.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Gates Foundation) was formed in 2000.
I was particularly interested in their philanthropic work. I think they have done GREAT things in that area – even raising awareness of what philanthropy is (however I’m sure most people are not super clear about what it means to give to charity or be a philanthropist?! – even my understanding is a bit foggy sometimes too.).
I love how Melinda cracks up laughing when asked how she would describe Bill’s brain – “CHAOS”. There’s so much going on. So complex.Thrives on complexity. Has a think week. He stills himself.
When Bill was a 8th-9th grader, he and his best friend would read magazines and talk about successful people, leaders, companies… and ask themselves, who was successful and why?
Bill says, You can’t help one person. Gotta scale big. Get the most bang for your buck. He’s not doing to inspire people. He’s trying to solve a problem. He’s doing it for optimisation.
My issues with the documentary series:
I would have liked a more intense interview to get into the really juicy bits of Bill’s brain.
I found that it skirted around a few big topics; watching it, I knew there were things that were not allowed to be said. So that felt a bit contrived.
It didn’t go deep into the breadth of his personality. That would have been very helpful to understand his brain a bit more?
I felt quite disconnect in parts. I thought – Well Bill, you have zillions of dollars to do that. Good on you. Please keep going. If you can’t do it, who else can?!
But in the end, it told a great and interesting story. Bill Gates is a fascinating figure of the modern world. He’s very relevant. And he’s very rich. It’s very worthy of family discussion!