Bill Gates, in full William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955, Seattle, Washington, U.S.) is an American computer programmer and entrepreneur who cofounded Microsoft Corporation, the world’s largest personal-computer software company. He is consistently ranked in the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people. Bill Gates founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 and it is said to be the largest operated private foundation in the world. He has donated billions through his foundation saving millions of lives.
“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
“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
“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
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
“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”- Bill Gates
“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”- Bill Gates
“Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning.”-Bill Gates
“If you can’t make it good,at least make it look good.”-Bill Gates
Bill Gates facts
Besides his plane, one of Gates’ biggest splurges was the Codex Leicester, a collection of writings by Leonardo da Vinci. He acquired it at a 1994 auction for $30.8 million.
Despite his immense wealth, Gates says his kids will only inherit $10 million each — just a fraction of his $90.9 billion net worth. “Leaving kids massive amounts of money is not a favor to them,” he says.
Gates says if Microsoft hadn’t worked out, he probably would’ve been a researcher for artificial intelligence.
As a teen at Lakeside Prep School, Gates wrote his first computer program on a General Electric computer. It was a version of tic-tac-toe where you could play against the machine.
Once his school discovered Gates’ coding abilities, they let him write the school’s computer program for scheduling students in classes. Gates slyly altered the code so he was placed in classes with a “disproportionate number of interesting girls.”
Gates scored a near-perfect 1590 out of 1600 on his SATs.
Gates also read the entire “World Book Encyclopedia” series during his teenage years.
Two years after he dropped out of Harvard, Gates was arrested in New Mexico. He was driving without a license and ran a red light.
At Microsoft, Gates used to memorize employees’ license plates to keep tabs on their comings and goings. “Eventually I had to loosen up, as the company got to a reasonable size,” he said.
For air travel, Gates used to fly coach. Nowadays he gets around in the plane he’s owned since 1997, which he calls his “big splurge.”
BILL GATES' 11 things kids won’t learn in school
SPEECH TO MT. WHITNEY HIGH SCHOOL in Visalia, California.
Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 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 are. 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.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.
Although it now thought that Bill Gates neither wrote those words nor delivered them in a speech to high school students, or anyone else I believe they are some wise words and attributing them to Bill Gates only adds weight to them.