What you probably Know –
Bill Gates Co-founder, Microsoft InC. Age is 60 years, current net worth is $86 billion according to Forbes.
Gates has held the No. 1 spot as the world’s richest person for four years in a row, and for 18 out of the past 23 years.
Gates co-founded Microsoft, the world’s biggest software maker, and owns about 1 percent of the Redmond, Washington-based company. The rest of his fortune is managed through closely held Cascade Investment, which controls stakes in dozens of publicly traded companies, including Canadian National Railway, Deere and Ecolab.
In short, Bill Gates has been the richest person in the world, off and on, since 1993. In 1999, his net worth exceeded $100 billion USD, an unmatched level of single-person wealth, even till today.
What You Didn’t Know –
– Eristalis gatesi, a fly found only in the cloud forests of Costa Rica, was named after Bill Gates.
– He may be King of Computers in the hearts of nerds everywhere, but Bill Gates is a real honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE), thanks to Queen Elizabeth II. Steven Spielberg is another US-born recipient of this honour.
So, we could all have been calling him Sir Bill Gates, but not as cool as just saying Bill Gates – that name is now practically a trademark, no Dr. Bill Gates, Sir Bill Gates, Chairman Bill Gates and so on will make enough sense.
We save the best for last,
– It’s true that Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard University in the early 70s. However, he went for three years and technically had enough credits to graduate, and in 2007 received an honorary doctorate from the school.
So Why should we go to school and learn useless things, while Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did not even graduate, yet were far more successful?
People like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs aren’t the rule, they are the exceptions you hear about – so my friend, don’t be deceived on the place of learning and education, plus they didn’t drop out of just any school, they dropped out of some nice institutions (like Harvard or Stanford).
They managed to learn things by themselves at a faster pace than was offered to them because a different learning strategy suited them better – and they are also really smart people. There are books and courses and practice one can do without schools, but that requires a form of discipline and interest not many people have.
Bill Gates didn’t become successful because he dropped out of college, that’s not how it works. Let’s not forget that there are dozens of people who are successful with a degree, who applied what they learned.
Some lose nothing when dropping out, they, like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg gained bigger opportunities. The bigger opportunity is the key here. While many others will thoroughly enjoy learning in school and take what they learn to higher levels, new opportunities – some like Bill Gates, find other means to the end!
Next time, you see someone studying so hard in school – killing social life, not partying, sacrificing and all – don’t say they can’t be the next ‘Bill Gates’; their treasure might just be within that haystack.
For the rest, who have found bigger opportunities outside school – take my advice, DROP OUT and START EARLY!!! Otherwise, stay in the damn school.