As the principal founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates is one of the most influential and richest people on the planet. Here are his Top 7 Rules for Success.
# YOU DON’T NEED A DEGREE
I’m just happy that the Crimson called me Harvard’s most successful dropout. I did the best of everyone who failed. I’m a bad influence, that’s why I was invited to speak at your graduation if I’d spoken at your orientation fewer of you might be here today.
# MANAGE YOUR TIME
I take two weeks a year to just go off and read and think where I’m not interrupted by work or anything else. I’m just trying to think about the future about 25% of the time and then I’m out traveling around meeting with customers.
# ENJOY WHAT YOU DO
You’ve got to enjoy what you do every day. For me that’s working with very smart people, it’s working on new problems.
# ASK FOR ADVICE
I have enough people that know me and know where my judgment isn’t its strongest, where I might get over excited about something. They’re good at correcting those blind spots. Having a small number of people that you can turn to on, on certain key things is a great asset.
# CHOOSE GOOD PEOPLE
My best business decisions really have to do with picking people. Having somebody who you totally trust, who’s totally committed, who shares your vision and yet, has a different set of skills and can check on you is crucial.
# DON’T PROCRASTINATE
A university I used to be the guy who did nothing until the last minute, people thought that was funny. But when I went into business, that was a really bad habit and it took me a couple years to get over that nobody praised me because I would do things at the last minute.
# HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR
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William Henry Gates III is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, humanitarian, and programmer. He is best known as the principal founder of the Microsoft Corporation. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, CEO and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014.