The Bill Gates leadership

In 1975, a young Harvard dropout formed a software company that would eventually change the world. He believed that computers were a tool that belonged in the hands of everyone, not only research facilities, corporations, and universities. He wanted to make easy to use software for personal computer use, something that was practically unheard of at the time. After the creation of an operating system for PC, and with the release of Windows in 1985, Gates solidified himself as a major global leader in the digital revolution

Bill Gates is the ultimate role model, capable of inspiring millions of people through the power of his ideas and his personal dedication to his product and vision. But more than that, Gates is not a “one trick pony”, making his billions and stamping his name on the history books, only to disappear into the luxurious life of the global elite. He has pushed past his first revolutionary vision, leaving it in capable hands, and has sought to change the world in another, even more important way.

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Great Tips from Bill Gates

Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this! To anyone with kids of any age, here’s some advice.

Bill Gates gave a speech at a High School about things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!
Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some
schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

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5 things I have learned from Bill Gates

Remember high school? Remember how the world was divided into semesters, into castes of popularity? Appearance was everything and it didn’t matter how hard you worked. People you knew never opened their books and got good enough grades to get into college. Maybe you were one of those people who partied all weekend and slept through classes and still managed to graduate in the top 20% of your class. What you didn’t realise then, what you maybe still haven’t realised is how important hard work is. More important than hard work, is working efficiently. Remember that nerd you didn’t talk to? Remember how you mocked the way he looked, the way he dressed and talked? That kid might one day be someone like Bill Gates.

Bill Gates is one of the most successful CEOs of the 20th century and it was no accident that got him there. He’s a great role model for those planning on heading out on their own, or for those already in the midst of a career. One of the richest men in the world, he came from humble beginnings to rise to the top of the business world. According to his own reports, he never took school seriously, rarely bothering to study, and never took business seriously until Microsoft was already on its way to success. His life shows that it’s never too late to start trying and pushing to find real and lasting success. Here are some of the best lessons he’s given in his long career.

1. Life is not fair. Get used to it.

Most of us won’t start out with a rich dad or uncle or grandfather to leave us a fortune so we can start our business. Most of us have to work twice as hard as the next person just to stay one step ahead of them. That’s life. There’s no secret there. Life is hard and success is harder, so if you want the world to take your business seriously, you need to stop waiting for gifts and start making your own success. No one is waiting or expecting you to succeed. No one wants you to succeed. It’s up to you to make this happen.

2. Learn from your mistakes.

When bad things happen, don’t blame your parents or the economy or your boss. Learn from every mistake. Every failure is an opportunity to learn. There are those who learn from their failings and those who pass blame or wallow in how unfair it all is. Which one are you going to be? Which one do you think finds success? Stop feeling sorry for yourself and go do it again, but this time better.

3. Life is not divided into terms.

When school ends, so do summers off. Your employers don’t care about you ‘finding yourself.’ Do that outside of work. When you start your first real job, work begins. There’s no final test and you don’t get three months off every years. You’re expected to do your work and do it well. If you fail this month, you don’t start with a clean slate for the next one, so keep pushing yourself to do better.

4. You won’t make $90,000 a year right out of high school.

You just won’t. Even if you start your own business and it’s the greatest idea anyone’s had for years, it’s very unlikely that it’ll be super successful right away. Even with a Bachelor’s Degree, most of us won’t be making $90,000 right away. Even with a Master’s we might not see that kind of money our first year. But that should motivate you. Push yourself to get there as fast as you can rather than complain about how unfair it is.

5. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

This is sort of a joke that’s also very true. Don’t look down on people who seem less socially functional than you. While you’re out partying, they’re figuring out how to change the world. Learn from the nerds. Learn from the outcasts. If you’re doing the same things everyone else is doing, you’ll always only be doing what everyone else is doing. If you want to succeed and get ahead, you need to separate yourself from the rest of the pack. Nerds know this and that’s why they run the world.

While Bill Gates didn’t set out to make a million or billion dollars, he ended up there. With all of his experience, it’s well worth your time to take notes and learn from what he has to offer. Let’s face it, you don’t get to be Bill Gates by being lazy. Most of his advice may just sound like he’s telling you to work harder, but look at it in a different way. He’s telling you to work smarter. Hard work only gets you so far, but working smart can really get you to where you want to be.

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6 Inspiring Bill Gates Facts

Bill Gates is considered to be the richest man in the world. His fortune amounts at over $70 billion, which is more than the GDP of over 100 countries. He makes $250 a minute, which means he’ll make about $20.000 by the time you’ve finished reading this article. Surely there is much to learn from such a successful man, placed by Forbes in the top 100 most powerful people in the world. Here are some interesting Bill Gates facts that speak volumes:

1. As a child, Gates studied at one of the few schools in the US with a computer terminal. He fell in love with programming instantly and often skipped other classes in order to improve his programming skills. He still graduated with a score of 1590 out of 1600, which probably means he didn’t find school to be very challenging.

2. He continued his studies at Harvard, which he dropped out of before getting his degree. He promised his dad however that he’ll get a degree, and so he did – in 2007 he received a Harvard honorary degree.

3. During his years at Harvard he told his professors that he would earn his first million before he would be 30. He did better than that: at 31 he was a billionaire.

4.  He is a perfectionist. During the first years of Microsoft, Bill Gates personally checked whether the software codes were accurate.

5. He’s not infallible. He made a number of inaccurate predictions, such as the fact that PCs will never need more than 640 KB of memory.

6. He likes to give back to the communities…around the Globe. His foundation has donated over $28 billion in charity, which is why he was knighted in 2005 by Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain. In 2010, he pledged to donate over half his fortune to charity, but he will probably donate much more – his children will only inherit $10 million each.

 

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