Bill Gates was born on the 28th of Oct 1955, in Seattle, Washington DC, United States. He was born to William H. Gates Sr and Mary Maxwell Gates, an American couple who were privileged enough to provide adequately for Bill Gates and his two other siblings, an older sister, Kristi Gate, and a younger sister – Libby Gates.
As a 13-year-old kid, he was enrolled in a private preparatory school not too far from the environ they resided in, Lakeside school. During his primary school, Bill had enthusiasm in programming the General Electric system in basic and was granted permission not to be in classes so that he could go after his interest.
Unlike other tales of great individuals in the world today, Bill wasn’t from a wretched home, which made him not to suffer poverty or lack while growing up. However, Bill encountered other roadblocks and complex problems in school, and the pursuit of his dream. During his high school days, Bill was typically smarter and more intelligent than his peers were.
When he got admitted into Harvard, he thought he could thrive academically like he used to in high school. Unknown to him, Harvard was ridiculously hard. In his first theoretical mathematics class, he, unfortunately, got a B. It was a new experience for him entirely. Since he felt he wasn’t good enough in theoretical math, he then changed it to applied mathematics. However, the one-time B he had didn’t end up being his only failure.
Some years after concluding his education in college, in 1977, Bill was nabbed in New Mexico, although his crime wasn’t made public. Many thought his apprehension was as a result of some kind of drug/computer smuggling activity. But NO! It was only a mere traffic violation, and the authorities didn’t explicitly state the exact error that led to his arrest.
A year before this arrest, Bill had built software that was being used by some computer hobbyists illegally without paying. Back then, the technology was still pretty new and unrecognized, so it wasn’t appropriately covered under copyright law. To curb this unlawful act, Bill actually wrote an “open letter to computer hobbyists“, politely discouraging them from continuing that particular activity. However, it didn’t work out.
At that time, Bill actually believed he couldn’t generate a significant income from making software. He clearly said this during an interview with 80 Microcomputing Magazine in the year 1980. According to Bill, he never thought he would eventually emerge as one of the world’s richest men.
Years after Bill Gates had started his computer software-building company, Microsoft, with his co-founder, Microsoft Paul Allen (a friend he had been acquainted with since high school), the company was actually thriving and yielding excellent results to its owners as expected.
Unfortunately, some significant monopoly problems arose, and Gates had to spend years resolving them. Despite all the issues that Microsoft, as a company, encountered, the establishment is currently regarded as one of the world’s largest businesses by revenue.
Bill Gate, on the other hand, is now a billionaire, an accomplished entrepreneur and a world-renowned philanthropist.
What can you learn from Bill Gates’ story? What motivation can you build up from the tale you have just read?
Bill Gates was a man who was confronted with life’s challenges. He wasn’t poor, nor did he experience financial difficulties. However, he had other great problems to counter in his career.
Now, your current problem might not be a financial issue. They may be problems that you have to overcome in your career or academics. But as long as you’re very passionate about that particular career or education, you’ll eventually emerge a winner. Passion is really powerful. It’s the only thing that fuels your motivation even when you have a billion objections to quitting.
Bill Gates was someone that was passionate about his career. This was the reason he never gave up on hope amid his challenges. The unquenchable love for what he does kept him alive.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”. Before you can succeed in a particular expertise, or probably a goal in life, you must be enthusiastic about it. Exhibit passion for what you really care about.
Besides, what you love doing may actually be what you’ve been destined to do during your existence in this present world. Henry Ford said, “The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it”.
Also, it’s of great necessity that you genuinely surrender yourself unto diligence. There’s no successful man who didn’t work incredibly hard to arrive at that successful spot. The importance of hard work can’t be overestimated.
Vidal Sassoon said, “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary”. Although this statement is a bit humorous, it’s very realistic!!!
Always remember, success doesn’t come knocking on your door, and submitting itself to you. You need to enthusiastically go for it, and ensure you pay the necessary price to get it eventually.