He Started Early
Born in 1955, Bill's first contact with the computer was in 1968, at the tender age of 13. At a very young age, he became interested in computer software. And because computers were still very expensive to own at that tome, he used his school's computer to practice. His enthusiasm for programming was uncommon. It was passionate. He knew what he wanted early enough.
He was Passionate, He was Committed
Bill was very passionate about computer software and programming. While a student at Lakeside Prep School, he spent his days and nights designing and writing computer programs. This took a heavy toll on his academic performance as classes were skipped and homework left undone.
At the Computer Centre Corporation, Bill and his friends crashed the system several times and even sabotaged the security system, all in their passionate quest to acquire new computer skills. But when they hacked into and altered the algorithm that recorded computer usage time, they were promptly banned for several weeks!
He Quickly Became His Own Boss
Bill Gates started his university education at Harvard in 1973, but drop out in 1975 to take care of Business. With his friend Paul Allen, he setup Microsoft Corporation in 1975.
He dropped out of Harvard, not for lack of capacity for higher education, but because his heart was not in his studies. Bill was so focused and committed to his DREAM that he refused to be distracted even by the allure of formal education at the prestigious Harvard University!
He added VALUE
While still at school, Bill and three of his colleagues setup a team called the Lakeside Programmers, on which platform they struck a deal with Computer Centre Corporation. The team reviewed computer programs to identify bugs and other problems. For this they were allowed unlimited computer usage time at the Centre. Hear him: "It was when we got free time at the Computer Centre that we really got into computers..."
Next, the Lakeside Programmers were hired by Information Science Incorporated to create a payroll program. For this they again got free computer time as well as royalties from sales of the software.
And for another company called Traf-O-Data, Bill and his friend Allen created software that helps measure traffic flow. This earned them about $20,000.
Using Microsoft Corporation as the platform, Bill gave the digital world the WindowsTM Operating System. WindowsTM powers most digital devices and computers on planet earth! Surely, Bill gave the world great products for which he was greatly rewarded.
He Gave Back
Bill has continued to bless the World by sharing his Knowledge and Ideas through his books. His Products and Services continue to add Value to our lives. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation continues to bless and uplift Humanity globally. What a great way to serve God and Man! And what is the purpose of Life after all, than to serve while enjoying it?
Bill will always be remembered, not for what he took out of the world for himself, but for what he gave to the world of himself. And for being such a wonderful inspiration to humanity, we say a big Thank you Sir!
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