Bill Gates is the richest man in the world, after founding Microsoft in 1975. He is now worth $76 billion, as Microsoft has risen to create the number 1 operating system brand Windows, which has been re-developed several times.
Microsoft also created Xbox, which has become one of the most popular, if not the most popular gaming system in the world.
I’ve scoured the net and compiled a list of 10 Bill Gates tips that he has given to people at one point or another in his life time, to show them what it takes to become successful and wealthy. He is the wealthiest man in the world after all, so you’d be pretty stupid not to listen to what he says!
1) Start as Early as Possible
Bill Gates was only 13 years old when he started working with computers. When you start something at an early point in your life, you become molded around it. Not only will you have a chance of becoming successful sooner than most people, but you would also be less likely to want to give up.
If you’ve had a dream that you start working towards when you’re young, you will be more immune to people telling you what you can or can’t do. By the time you’re an adult and people actually start to take more notice of what you’re working towards, you will be stubborn enough to just ignore them.
The time that you’re most influenced by others is when you’re younger, so if you’ve seen things on T.V or on the internet where others have become successful, this will be imprinted in your mind and you won’t have doubt about what you can or can’t do.
2) Enter in Partnerships
Bill Gates was very fond of forming partnerships with people, people who were the top dog and that made Gates become the ‘Sidekick’. He was happy with this, because it unlocked new opportunities for him and the potential to learn from other successful entrepreneurs who could teach him a thing or two.
Not only that, but it meant that he built relationships with people that would definitely be able to help him out with his future endeavors.
3) You Will Not Make $60,000 a Year Right out of High School
Let’s be honest, you’re not going to make $60,000 a year straight out of high school, so if for some reason you think you will, stop kidding yourself. No matter how much education you have, you still need experience to work your way at the top.
You won’t get appointed CEO of a multi-national company just because you have a degree in business management.
That’s a position that you need to earn, by either starting your own company and working hard to take it to the top, or working your way up within a company and proving yourself to people.
4) Be Your Own Boss as Soon as Possible
Bill Gates became a boss at a fairly early age. He deserved it, and it put him in an excellent position with pure control over his success.
“If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Bill Gates
5) Don’t Whine About Your Mistakes, Learn from Them
“If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.” – Bill Gates
What is the pointing in blaming other people for your mistakes? Who are you trying to fool? Your mistakes are on you, they are not anyone else’s fault, so stop blaming other people just to try and rid your conscience of guilt.
Mistakes are made to be learnt from. You now know what or what not to do in the same situation when it rolls around for a second time and believe me, in most cases it will roll around again.
6) Be Committed and Passionate
I think this is always included by every entrepreneur as a good bit of advice. You need to be committed to what you love and have great passion for what you do.
The successful people in this world make it look so easy because they absolutely love what they are doing. If you’re finding things too stressful and too hard, then I’m not sure you’re working on the right thing.
7) Life is the Best School, Not University or College
No matter how many books you read, no matter how many tests you take, nothing from university or college can properly prepare you for life in the real world.
“If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.” – Bill Gates
Real life jobs and bosses does not just involve you studying and them teaching you. It’s real life work that you need to be able to carry out, otherwise you will be fired. End of.
8) Be Nice to Nerds
“Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.” – Bill Gates
It’s true, people who you’d probably class as ‘nerds’ are actually the ones who will work the hardest, be the smartest, and be determined to succeed.
If you’re horrible to nerds then you’re basically taking your chances with fate, because you could easily end up working for one, or even apply for a position at a company who is run by someone you know and have been horrible to in the past.
Still think you have a chance of getting the job?
9) TV is Not Real Life
“Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.” – Bill Gates
You need to stop getting sucked into Television and believing that what you’re seeing in some cases may actually be what people do in real life.
Real life is tough and anybody who’s anywhere near successful will not be sitting around in coffee shops all day talking to their friends. They will be out working the grind to pay their bills and improve their financial situation.
10) Life is Not Fair
“Life is not fair. Get used to it.” – Bill Gates
No matter how hard you work in life, there will always be times where things don’t go your way, perhaps through no fault of your own. Things that you cannot control. You will get knocked down, but you need to be able to stand up.
Life isn’t fair. It’s a test, a game, a risk. If you fall down and don’t bother getting back up, you don’t deserve to be successful. Winners know that life isn’t fair and they will keep getting back up until they’ve made it.