Bill Gates is an American business magnate, who co-founded Microsoft, the world’s largest personal computer software company. He consistently rank in the top list of the world wealthiest people, he is one of the world best known entrepreneur of the personal computer revolution. He is also the world most generous philanthropist, who has donated over $28 billion to charity. Here are his top 10 rules for success.
If you are going to start a company you need so much energy that you use to overcome your feeling of risk. At the beginning it’s going to look so scary especially given that you don’t have any experience as in the case for most startups, you are going to make a lot of mistakes but if you have so much energy rushing through you, you will be able to overcome your mistakes and that of your team, you will also be able to guide your team into achieving the desired result because energy is contagious.
2. Have a Bad Experience:
Bill Gates is a college dropout who dropped out of Harvard. He is called Harvard most successful dropout, which makes him valedictorian of his own special class. He did the best of everyone who failed. Been a dropout helped in bringing the best out of Bill Gates which pioneered him to who he is today. Having a bad experience only means you are trying and not taking the safe part. Having a bad experience often makes us feel bad but deep down its one of the most motivational moment of one’s life. Take an Athlete for example who lost a competition, that is a bad experience cause he will feel very bad but, that bad experience will change him to be a better person next time by working hard to better himself which will lead him to success.
“Hard work beats it all” in the words of Bill Gates. Despite been the wealthiest person you might think he will spend much of his time sleeping and enjoying life but that isn’t the Bill Gate’s way. He is known to have one of the busiest calendars filled with different meeting during the day time and after that when most people are sleeping he uses his time to replying so many emails which he might have received during the day from people and he uses the weekend to send a lot of mails to different bodies. One can easily say he works 247 every week. Every year he only takes 2 weeks’ vacation which he wouldn’t work, he uses that time to only think about how to make him grow bigger which some of us could also consider as work. So hard work is a key to success.
4.Create the Future:
Vision is vital to succeeding in this very competitive world. If you want to be successful you have to always think of how to create something that isn’t available at the moment, something that will wow the world and takes it by surprise, you have to be innovative enough to come up with unique ideas that will change the future.
5.Enjoy what you do everyday
If you don’t love what you do chances are you will live a very unhappy life. The key point to success is to enjoy what you do everyday and for Gate, it’s working with very smart people and working on how to solve new problems. If you love your work, you wouldn’t really consider it as work, if anything you will say you are having fun because there is great fun in doing something you are very passionate about. So do what you love because what you do is going to take a very large part of your life. Love what you do.
Bill Gates is a big fan of Bridge, he believes it’s a game that helps you think deeper and also one you can play your entire life. He believe anybody who is good at bridge is going to be good at a lot of things. He plays bridge most times when he is free.
7.Ask for Advice
Two heads are better than one especially when it comes to solving problems. Whenever Bill Gate wants to embark on anything big, he talks to his wife Melinda and his dad for advice, he consult other business moguls like Warren Buffet who is a great friend of his. He believe having enough people who know you around will help because they know where your judgement is at its peak, when you get over excited about something or where you forget to apply your thinking skills on something, these people will be your guide cause they will correct you whenever correction is required.
8.Pick Good People
Bill Gates believes his best business decision has to do with picking the right people, he describes deciding to go into partnership with Paul Allen as the top of his best decisions. Hiring Steve Ballmer is also a decision he describe as a great one. He believes having the right people around will help in achieving anything you want to achieve because the combination of the perfect persons to achieve a certain goal will help in making things easier as the team will engulf different talents which will be crucial in achieving the desired goal.
Bill gates had one habit which he developed when he was in college, which was he liked to show people that he didn’t do any work, he didn’t go to classes and at the very last minute he gets serious. He was known as the guy who did nothing until the last minute. But when he got into business he realized that was a really bad habit. Procastinating will push you off the bridge of your goals
10.Have a sense of humor
Having a great sense of humor helps in making people like you better, people will be able to work and connect with you on a whole different level, especially people you work with. So he encourages people to have a great sense of humor in order to set a great atmosphere for effective communication between every team player in an organization which is very vital for success.