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Six Life Lessons You Can Learn From Bill Gates

Six Life Lessons You Can Learn From Bill Gates

It’s a landmark year for the world’s richest man. Bill Gates and his friend Paul Allen launched Microsoft 40 years ago with the goal of getting a computer on every person’s desk. Now, 84% of U.S. households own a computer. Fifteen years ago, Bill and Melinda Gates started their charitable foundation with the goal of reducing inequity, and have put more than $30 billion to work toward that end. Early in 2015 the couple picked a big bet for the foundation’s next stage: “The lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history. And their lives will improve more than anyone else’s.” In May Gates said his foundation would back a disease surveillance network in Africa and South Asia to be on the lookout for the next Ebola or SARS. The following month Melinda Gates announced a $776 million investment over the next 6 years to improve nutrition and reduce child mortality caused by malnutrition. Source: 

Below are the six life lessons you can learn from Microsoft Billionaire Bill Gates:

1. People don’t need college for a successful life.

Bill Gates may be the most successful college dropout in the world, and he has managed to provide something of an excellent role model for college dropouts everywhere. In a world of hideously rising college costs and countless unemployed college graduates, it seems that people like Bill Gates are onto something.

2. Being unpopular early in life doesn’t mean anything.

The people who weren’t nice to Bill Gates in high school have probably been kicking themselves ever since. Life after high school is what matters, and Bill Gates manages to demonstrate that in spades.

3. Never be too cynical about technological progress.

It’s shocking to believe that in Bill Gates’s early days, people scoffed at his dream of people all around the world owning personal computers. Their cynicism is quaint and absurd now, and it makes it look as if Bill Gates was right all along, which he was, and which was part of the key to his successful life.

4. Don’t underestimate your potential customers.

In Bill Gates’s time, people believed that non-engineers could never understand computers. Bill Gates helped create computers that everyone could use, and he believed in his consumers enough to do so.

5. Surrounding oneself with supportive individuals is crucial to anyone’s success.

Bill Gates worked with talented people who helped him succeed in the beginning. His wife Melinda Gates is nothing like the trophy wife stereotype: she has been a vital part of a lot of his charitable activities and has helped him become an even bigger success in the next phase of his life.

6. Charity is an essential part of success.

Bill Gates would be even wealthier today if he hadn’t given so much money to charity. He is one of the richest men who ever lived and one of the biggest charitable donors.


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  1. CHANTHA SENG02-18-16

    Great article. I love it

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