Two Superpowers We Wish We Had

In this article, Bill and Melinda Gates discuss what they would want as their two superpowers: more time and more energy. With these two things in the hands of the world’s poorest populations, it will allow millions of dreams to take flight. Bill expands on the idea of more energy, and how a source of cheap, clean energy could help thousands of communities to flourish. Melinda talks about more time, and how important it is to change norms that suggest that a woman’s unpaid labor is not as valuable as a man’s time.

The article begins as follows:

We were asked that question recently by some high school students in Kentucky.

They also asked us about our favorite breakfast cereal (Bill: Cocoa Puffs; Melinda: Wheat Chex); what animal we would want to be (Bill: a bonobo; Melinda: a white leopard); and if we know how to dance the Whip and Nae Nae (one of us does).

The superpower question was our favorite.

To fly. To be invisible. To travel through time. All good options.

Trying to keep up with our foundation work and our three children’s schedules, we gave responses that will be immediately familiar to other parents.

“More time!”

“More energy!”

When we sat down to write this year’s letter, those answers stuck with us. Sure, everyone wants more time and energy. But they mean one thing in rich countries and something else entirely when looked at through the eyes of the world’s poorest families.

Check out the full article here: Two Superpowers We Wish We Had – GatesNotes

Posted by Pooja Shivaprasad, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal