Heard @ a dinner address tonight :
Bill Gates amassed such a fortune which at one time was valued at almost US$100billion.
When one such as Bill comes to such a level, you can only imagine that money starts to lose it’s meaning.
So what did Bill decide to do as the world’s richest man?
Give it all away, and got his mum, dad, and rest of his entire family to help him do it.
And boy did he find out that it’s so hard to give money away properly! As in giving it to the right cause and making sure that it will be used rightly with minimal wastage. It’s definitely easier for Bill to make money instead of giving it away!
His best friend, bridge partner, and world 2nd richest man Warren Buffet decided that he did not want to take the same route as Bill did, too hard.
So what did Buffet decide to do? Give almost his entire fortune of US$30billion to Bill Gates and focus on the easy part – continue making more money! At the same time increasing Bill’s headache and burden of giving even more money away!
For these 2 friends who happen to be the richest men in the world, making money is easy but giving money away is so hard!
(The above is a summarized excerpt of Dr Yeo’s speech tonight at a private function.)
I just came back from hosting a formal dinner for distinguished guests and we had revered Dr Yeo Ning Hong (former Minister for Communications and Information and also former Minister for Defence for Singapore) to address us.
He opened his address with this impactful anecdote which I just shared with you – it was a private function and I know you won’t find this speech anywhere else on the internet thus I found it important enough to blog about.
The reason for this example comes back to my theme.
Both men reached a point in their journey on the highway of life.
They’ve got to their destination, which few rarely achieve in life.
And found out they don’t really know where to go next!
Bill decided to embark on the highway of philantrophy while Warren found this highway too hard to travel – passed all his monies to Bill and continued on the same highway which he has travelled on almost all his life.
What is your destination on the highway of life today?
Like Warren – to make money, give them all away, only to continue to make more money coz you dunno what else better to do?
Or like Bill – to make so much money only to realise that you really wanted to give it all away in the end?
If you knew you were gonna give it all away in the end, would you still be on the same journey in pursuit of the same destination that you are on now?
Actually, what highway are you on now? Do you have a clear destination?
Do you know where you are going on the highway of life?