Bill Gates (William Henry Gates III) was born October 28, 1955. The American business man co-founded the Microsoft Corporation alongside former classmate Paul Allen. Even though many of you might already know a lot about Bill Gates and his contribution to technology, in the next few lines I will try to highlight the philanthropist rather than the magnate.
Ever wondered where all that drive to be #1 comes from? Well, Gates’ parents always encouraged competition by means of rewards and penalties and taught him about sharing success. Gates was so absorbed by operating systems that he got banned from school for being caught exploiting bugs, then he decided to drop out of Harvard to start his own business. He thought that if this would prove to be a bad idea, he could always go back to school. He obviously nailed it!
One of the world’s top philanthropists, Bill Gates is as generous and giving as he is wealthy and successful. Gates is investing a big part of his fortune in making the world a better place for the poor. He saved over 5 million lives by bringing vaccines and improving children healthcare; throughout his life, he donated half of his current worth; he invested in a foundation that supports many health, social and education developments, and the list goes on.
Success didn’t make Gates selfish and arrogant, but wise, so here are 28 Bill Gates quotes to help you succeed and never forget being kind to others.
Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world…if you do so, you are insulting yourself.
I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
If you are born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it’s your mistake.
Life is not fair get, used to it!
We make the future sustainable when we invest in the poor, not when we insist on their suffering.
It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.
Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.
Discrimination has a lot of layers that make it tough for minorities to get a leg up.
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
We’ve got to put a lot of money into changing behavior.
The most amazing philanthropists are people who are actually making a significant sacrifice.
The general idea of the rich helping the poor, I think, is important.
I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.
If all my bridge coach ever told me was that I was ‘satisfactory,’ I would have no hope of ever getting better. How would I know who was the best? How would I know what I was doing differently?
Legacy is a stupid thing! I don’t want a legacy.
Lectures should go from being like the family singing around the piano to high-quality concerts.
Personally, I’d like to see more of our leaders take a technocratic approach to solving our biggest problems.
Like my friend Warren Buffett, I feel particularly lucky to do something every day that I love to do. He calls it ‘tap-dancing to work.’
We have to find a way to make the aspects of capitalism that serve wealthier people serve poorer people as well.
Expectations are a form of first-class truth: If people believe it, it’s true.
The belief that the world is getting worse, that we can’t solve extreme poverty and disease, isn’t just mistaken. It is harmful.
When a country has the skill and self-confidence to take action against its biggest problems, it makes outsiders eager to be a part of it.
Money has no utility to me beyond a certain point.
I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.
If you think your teacher is tough, wait ’til you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.
Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.
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Bill Gates is the richest man on earth according to Fobes, he has a net worth of $75 billion. He is an entrepreneur, innovator, leader, visionary, and philanthropist. May his quotes inspire within you the belief that you can achieve your dreams and live life on your terms.
“Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world, if you do so, you are insulting yourself.” Bill Gates
“If you were born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it’s your mistake.” Bill Gates
“Patience is a key element of success.” Bill Gates
“I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.” Bill Gates
“I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft.” Bill Gates
“I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think that a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.” Bill Gates
It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Bill Gates
“People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t they.” Bill Gates
“Find yourself.” Bill Gates
“To win big, you sometimes need to take big risks.” Bill Gates
“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” Bill Gates
“Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player.” Bill Gates
“On my desk I have three screens, synchronized to form a single desktop. I can drag items from one screen to the next. Once you have that large display area, you’ll never go back, because it has a direct impact on productivity.” Bill Gates
“What’s amazing is, if young people understood how doing well in school makes the rest of their life so much interesting, they would be more motivated. It’s so far away in time that they can’t appreciate what it means for their whole life.” Bill Gates
“The way to be successful in the software world is to come up with breakthrough software, and so whether it’s Microsoft Office or Windows, its pushing that forward. New ideas, surprising the marketplace, so good engineering and good business are one in the same.” Bill Gates
“Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering.” Bill Gates
“Exposure from a young age to the realities of the world is a super-big thing.” Bill Gates
“Software innovation, like almost every other kind of innovation, requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with other people, and to sit down and talk with customers and get their feedback and understand their needs.” Bill Gates
“I don’t think there’s anything unique about human intelligence.” Bill Gates
“I was lucky to be involved and get to contribute to something that was important, which is empowering people with software.” Bill Gates
“At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from the top – I’m afraid that’s not quite right.” Bill Gates
“Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity – the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires.” Bill Gates
“I spend a lot of time reading.” Bill Gates
I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts.” Bill Gates
“The general idea of the rich helping the poor, I think, is important.” Bill Gates
“I’m a geek.” Bill Gates
“I was a kind of hyper-intense person in my twenties and very impatient.” Bill Gates
“Our success has really been based on partnerships from the beginning.” Bill Gates
“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” Bill Gates
“Don’t make the same decision twice. Spend time and thought to make a solid decision the first time so that you don’t revisit the issue unnecessarily.” Bill Gates
“Reward worthy failure–experimentation.” Bill Gates
“We start life with many big dreams–things we want to accomplish, create, build and experience. But if you ask anyone past the age of 40 what happened to all the dreams they had, they will most likely answer; Life.” Bill Gates
“Life has a tendency to just happen. But it happens because we make choices. The life you create and design for yourself is going to accumulate from the choices you make over time. Sure, there are unexpected things that can derail dreams. But we can control where we put our focus, and if we choose to put one dream ahead of another.” Bill Gates
“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” Bill Gates
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