Four Motivational Lessons We Can All Learn From Bill Gates

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Bill Gates

There is no one in the world quite like Bill Gates. The American philanthropist and co-founder of the technology giant Microsoft is one of the wealthiest people in the world, with a fortune of over $100 billion. His net worth is so impressive that he has been on the Forbes list of the World’s Wealthiest People since 1987.

Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs in the world. He has led the personal computer revolution since starting Microsoft in 1975, before embarking on philanthropic ventures like his climate campaigns. 

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Start as Early as You Can

Follow Gates’ path to the top, and start your career early! Bill Gates began working with computers at the ripe age of just 13, and very quickly, his life began to revolve around technology.

While computers would’ve been a totally different proposition to the sleek, superior models used daily today, just being around the technology during the early days was enough for Gates to make his mark on the emerging market.

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Beginning early has the benefit of being able to act upon your dreams, and develop a determination to succeed at fulfilling long-term goals. When people say you can’t do something, you know you can.

Be Your Own Boss

This sentiment directly links to Gates’ co-founding of Microsoft, which he achieved at age 20, effectively becoming his own boss for the entirety of his professional career. It allowed him to create his ‘empire’ from day one, rather than making millions for someone else. As Bill Gates puts it himself: 

“If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to build there.”

Now, Microsoft has hired several innovative and successful professionals, like Dave Coplin and Sarah Armstrong-Smith. The company has become a trailblazer of the technology and computing industry, challenging the status quo and pushing the boundaries of what is possible - all thanks to Bill Gates. 

Learn from your Mistakes

This tip requires a fair amount of humility and self-awareness in order to succeed in life. Many believe to become successful you need to complete every task with 100% accuracy, obviously, this is preferred, but mistakes happen – we are human after all.

It is, however, important to step up, take responsibility and learn from your mistakes, as Bill says: 

“If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.”

Be Proud of Yourself

Remembering to stay level, and not comparing yourself to anyone else is important. You may get frustrated if you don’t see immediate progress, or don’t replicate your hero’s success, but it’s important to keep your expectations realistic.

By starting to appreciate yourself, and your skills, you’ll develop your confidence and be happier as a result. Bill Gates says:

“Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world…if you do so, you are insulting yourself.”

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After graduating from his role as a celebrity sales executive to sales manager, Jack Hayes was appointed as a Director of The Motivational Speakers Agency in 2012, becoming a founding member of the European Association of Speakers Bureaux (EASB) in 2013. In his seven years as a company director, Jack has led projects for clients that include Vodafone, Credit Suisse, The Economic Times’ Global Business Summit, British Airways, the Abu Dhabi Global Financial Markets Forum (GFMF), HSBC, Lad Bible and the NHS, in addition to media collaborations with the likes of Metro, The Leicester Mercury, Sky Sports and ITV. Jack has also used his influence to convince the world’s top speakers to choose The Motivational Speakers Agency. He has built relationships with the minds behind global success stories including Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard; former Google MD Dan Cobley and global adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. With all the speaking opportunities that Jack has facilitated, there is one that stands out above all others as his proudest. When he began as a sales executive, there was one man Jack wanted to book as a speaker more than any other - Apple’s innovative Creative Director, Ken Segall. In 2019, Ken Segall is due to speak at our very own networking event, at London’s iconic skyscraper, Searcys at the Gherkin, proving just how committed Jack is to reaching his lofty aspirations.

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