2014 Gates Annual Letter: Myths About Foreign Aid

If you only make time for reading one thing today, it should be this. It’s so easy to become jaded and believe that things are getting worse rather than better, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

One of the most important takeaways from this for me was a reminder that nothing changes overnight. Not personal health or well-being. Not personal success or failure. And certainly not the entire population of the planet.

With analytics everywhere, it’s so tempting to do one little thing, measure, and then be disappointed because it did’t change the world. Measuring is important, but it’s much more useful on a long-term scale. Chances are that if you feel like you’re working on the right things to make some sort of a difference, you’re on the right track.