Who is Bill Gates and What Can We Learn from Him?

Bill Gates is an American computer programmer who confounded Microsoft Corporation, the largest personal-computer software company in the world.
At the age of 13, Gates wrote his first software program. In high school, he formed a group of programmers who computerized payroll system in their school. He also founded Traf-O-Data, a company that offered traffic-counting systems to local governments. With his friend Paul G. Allen, Gates developed software for the first microcomputers in 1975. They started by adapting BASIC (a popular programming language that is used on large computers). After succeeding in this project, Gates and Allen left Harvard during their junior year and formed Microsoft.
Microsoft became so successful that Gates became a billionaire in 1986. Within a decade, his net worth reached into tens of billions of dollars. Consequently, he became one of the world’s richest private individual.
There are several lessons we can learn from Gates. First, people should be urgent. Technology moves at break neck speed and only the paranoid can survive. Second, people should be executors. Although the world is packed to the brim with ideas, very few people have the drive and skill to execute an idea effectively. Lastly, self-taught programmers can change the world. Gates learned to program when he was still in middle school.

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