11 Secrets of Success from Bill Gates

William Henry Gates a.k.a. Bill Gates (born 28 October 1955) is an American businessman, the head of the Microsoft corporation, and the richest man on the planet for several years.


  1. Life is not fair; get used to it.
  1. The world won’t care about your SELF-ESTEEM. The world will expect you to ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING beforehand.
  1. You will NOT make USD 60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice president with a personal driver until you earn both.
  1. If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
  1. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping; they called it opportunity.
  1. If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, LEARN from them. Change your attitude to failure.
  1. Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as you think they are now. Maybe it was because of the constant care of you they got that way? They pay your bills, buy your clothes and always listen to you talk about how cool you are. So before you criticize your parents’ generation, start with yourself.
  1. Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades; they’ll give you AS MANY TIMES as you want to get the RIGHT answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
  1. Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summer off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
  1. Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
  1. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.


  1. Bill Gates is the richest man on the planet.
  2. Bill Gates went to the most privileged school in Seattle, where he was able to develop his programming skills on a school mini-computer.
  3. His great-grandfather was a legislator and mayor, grandfather was vice president of the State Bank in his state, and his father was a successful lawyer.
  4. At school, Gates did not succeed in grammar, civics and other subjects which he considered trivial, but he got higher marks in maths.
  5. By the tenth grade, Bill no longer studied computer science, but taught it. That was also when he created a program for teaching his class. This program also had a secret purpose. It chose classes with the “cool girls” for its creator.
  6. He was 15 years old when he wrote a program to regulate traffic and earned USD 20,000 for this project. And when he was 17, he received a proposal to write a software package for the power distribution of the Bonneville Dam.
  7. For the rest of his life, if Gates did compromise, it was on the precondition that “I’ll be the boss.”
  8. In 1973, Gates enrolled at Harvard University, but was expelled after 2 years, since he was already heavily engaged in the software development.
  9. The first five customers of Microsoft went bankrupt, but the guys did not despair and returned to Seattle in 1979. Bill Gates was expelled from the university for truancy and academical failure, but this fact did not bother this failed student much, as he received an offer from IBM to create an operating system for the world’s first personal computer.
  10. Bill Gates purchased QDOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System) for USD 50,000, changed the name to MS-DOS and sold the license to IBM. This money allowed Microsoft to work for several years. The presentation of the new IBM computer with Microsoft software caused a real sensation in the market. Many companies contacted Microsoft for a license.
  11. In 1986, Microsoft became an open joint-stock company. In the same year, Bill Gates became a billionaire at the age of 31.
  12. On 15 June 2008, Bill Gates announced his intention to resign from the position of Microsoft Chairman of the Board of Directors as of July 2008. After his resignation, he intends to focus entirely on the management of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  13. As for his religious views, Gates is most likely an agnostic. When the reporter of the Times asked if he believes in God, Bill Gates replied that he had no evidence of his existence.
  14. Bill’s wife Melinda Gates is one of the most influential women in the world. In 2012, Melinda openly challenged the Vatican and vowed to devote her life to creating affordable contraceptive methods for women in the world’s poorest countries. The Gates Foundation is ready to invest USD 140 million annually in this project.
  15. These days, Bill and his family live in their “home of the future”, called so because of the large amount of electronics controlling the estate. The house is located on the shore of Lake Washington in the suburbs of Medina and occupies about 12,000 sq.m. This luxurious mansion is worth USD 147.5 million, and the property tax is over USD 1 million a year.
  16. Gates pays about USD 1 million in property taxes a year.
  17. Books: The Road Ahead, Business at the Speed of Thought.
  18. Books about Bill Gates: Bill Gates Speaks by Janet Lowe. Business the Bill Gates Way by DezDirloff.