“Man’s unfailing capacity to believe what he prefers to be true rather than what the evidence shows to be likely and possible has always astounded me. We long for a caring Universe which will save us from our childish mistakes, and in the face of mountains of evidence to the contrary we will pin all our hopes on the slimmest of doubts.”—Academician Prokhor Zakharov, University of Planet (Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri)
When I think back to why I joined Microsoft, a very big reason was Bill Gates. Here was a guy with all the money in the world, yet he showed up every day to change the world. Rather than just retire and play with his money, he focuses his time, energy, and resources on making a better world.
He fights the good fight to leave the world a better place than he found it, and he’s a world-wide giver of epic proportions. In fact, he and Warren Buffet joined forces to drive a campaign to encourage the wealthiest people to give most of their money to philanthropic causes (see The Giving Pledge.)
It’s one thing to be smart. It’s another thing to be resourceful. It’s yet another thing to get results. Bill Gates is a visionary that makes things happen by creating systems bigger than himself and inspiring people to join him on epic adventures to change the world. He’s not a seeker of fame or a seeker of fortune, although he has both. He’s a maker of impact. Technology is his way, and reducing inequities in the world is his game.
Who better to learn some lessons for life, than from a master of the game of life? With that in mind, let’s see what lessons we can borrow from Bill Gates’ playbook.
I’m going through a depressive episode right now, have been since Thursday. When I’m like this, it’s hard, tending towards impossible, for me to actually accomplish anything. These episodes come and go, usually lasting from a few days to a week and a half.
Sometimes I don’t even bother getting out of bed, I’ll just lie there staring at the walls. Other times, I’ll actually get up, but I can’t bring myself to actually start on anything, or finish things that I had started before the episode. That’s what I’m going through right now, despite the fact I have more on my plate than I have time for.
I am seeking help for this. After all, when you can’t bring yourself to even get up, it’s hard to get and maintain work, be social, etc.. It strongly affects quality of life in a negative way, and it reduces the faith and trust others have in me. I don’t want to be like this.
I don’t really know why I’m writing about it, maybe as a warning to others who feel the same way to go and seek help. Depressive episodes like this aren’t something you just have for a little while and never return; this is something you’ll be coping with for the rest of your life, so get a system in place to minimize the effects it has on your life. And if you know others who are like this, give them the support they need to make it through.
Depression sucks, but with the right steps, we can take back control of our lives. At least, that’s what I hope.
As we all know the sequel to one of the best RPG series is out this year 11.11.11 will mark the release of Elder Scrolls: Skyrim for the Xbox 360,PS3 and PC but you might ask yourself what can i expect from this game well prepare for a bit of a read…..