9 things that Bill Gates can’t do better than you

There were times when you surely thought to yourself that everything would be different if only you were rich as Bill Gates.

While being really rich allows you to have larger impact on the world, there are no other apparent benefits. Simply lots of very important things that the richest guy in the world can do are also available to you right now.

Let's compare.

1. Sleeping

No matter how rich, he probably won't have a much better sleeping experience then you do. So you are already the same or better for about third of the time you live. By that I mean you have the same benefits as being the richest person in the world.

2. Have kids

Kids are life's biggest treasure, and no matter how rich, he can't be better than you in having kids. This also means that whatever money he has to spend on their education they may or not turn out to be better people than your own kids. It all comes to parents and the world's richest guys' money provides him no edge there.

3. Sports

Chance is you are probably in better shape to do most sports than the world's richest guy. And sport is about the healthiest activity you can be doing in this world. You may not have access to the Royal Golf Club of England, but do you really care?

4. Hobbies

Hobbies are small pleasures that make you happy, like fishing, your garden, drink beer with buddies, collectibles and other rituals. And you don't need a lot of money to have hobbies. World's richest guy's hobby can be luxury cars but does it really matter what is it that  makes you happy as long as it makes you happy?

5. Work

This is a tricky one. Rich guys have more options, but if you are in position to do what you love you are already there. It doesn't matter if you are a fireman or a stock broker as long as you live your dreams.

6. Friends

Your friends are your second treasure and they have been with you through both good and bad times.  The best thing is you don't have to spend a cent to make a friend. And chance is money is more likely to make you enemies anyway.

7. Laugh

Need I say more?

8. Help others

Helping others is probably the noblest thing you can do in life. Although more money allows you to help more people, reality is that very few rich people do it. So, if you help others your are better than most rich guys already.

9. Integrity

You can also call it pride, dignity, character. It is what defines you as a person. Again, here money is more likely to only get in the way.

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  1. Sep 9th, 2011 5:12 AM

    Great! Smart!
    thanks so much,,
    this article make me more grateful.

  2. Dec 10th, 2009 9:51 PM

    Quite rightly said Vladimir, I think these are some basic things in life which make us happy and when you are a big guy you are parted far away from these.You are spot on with the point that there are very few rich people who help people by heart most of them do this just for the heck of it.
    But Bill Gates is definitely making big efforts with Gates foundation.

  3. Dec 8th, 2009 7:28 AM

    How cool is that? You are so right man. I got a hold of your page because I use one of your WP plugs and I am glad I ran into you! This article says a lot about the man you are. (And you write great code too)... Thanks!

    • Dec 8th, 2009 7:17 PM

      He certainly did a great job in coding wonderful plugins, I appreciate his work too, in fact I am going to write reviews on all his plugins and his beautiful theme "amazing grace" :)

      • Feb 5th, 2010 2:37 PM

        Thanks for the support guys :)
        I do try, I do try...

  4. Dec 8th, 2009 3:58 AM

    Loved to read the post. It was fun going through those points. Also loved what Giles Dawe said, how true.

  5. Dec 5th, 2009 12:44 PM

    really nice post there mate, but I wonder bill gates is already helping a lot of people by providing them jobs with a decent salary they can take home. What you think?

    • Dec 5th, 2009 2:11 PM

      He is indeed

  6. Nov 28th, 2009 4:19 PM

    You missed one... 's e x' rich guys tend to get alot more chances of s e x with hotties... not to be confused with love of corse!

    • Nov 28th, 2009 6:40 PM

      But money does not make them better at it

      • Stephan
        Dec 5th, 2009 9:57 AM

        Being good at it is benefit to the partner. Thus getting more is more beneficial for you, and being good or bad at it does not really matter :)

  7. Nov 25th, 2009 10:47 PM

    Sjajan zapis Vladimire, pravo u metu ;)

  8. Nov 25th, 2009 9:57 AM

    Interesting article! Bill Gates and the like also cannot blog; they don't have the time! Bill is helping others now big time.

    P.S.: Which theme you use for this blog. I knew the name but I forgot it. Thanks.

    • Nov 25th, 2009 5:54 PM


      P.S. Its an original design.

      • Nov 25th, 2009 6:00 PM

        Believe me or not I had even tested a theme that had this GUI on my test blog [self-hosted; but it was not exactly similar]. I will tell you if I find the name of the theme. I deleted it, alas and do not recall the source!

  9. Nov 25th, 2009 5:42 AM

    Not sure about this post. I live among many millionaires (although I'm not one myself yet!) and noticed the following:

    - They have alot of free time during the day, I guess that's called delegation.
    - Menial tasks like shopping, cooking and cleaning are done by others.
    - Holidays and hobbies are great, I've joined some on their boats and cars and loved it!

    I would say though, they are some of the most boring people I met. I guess with no real hard life experience, it's difficult to enjoy the simple things. I also noticed they are the most "tight" in terms of spending money, which I guess explains you don't get rich by spending money!

  10. Nov 24th, 2009 9:37 PM

    I hereby challenge Bill Gates to a "rock, paper, scissors" contest. I think I can easily beat him. I'll be practicing over the Thanksgiving holiday and should be ready by the beginning of December.

    • Nov 24th, 2009 11:42 PM

      That too, Elizabeth, that too.. Great :)

  11. Nov 24th, 2009 8:08 PM

    Great post, positive thinking, laugh all the time, with sport, you invest in your body shape for older days.