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1- Whether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we’ve got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.
2- You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
3- Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
4- Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and 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.
5- There’s only one trick in software, and that is using a piece of software that’s already been written.
6- This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50.
7- To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks.
8- Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.
9- We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.
10- We have to find a way to make the aspects of capitalism that serve wealthier people serve poorer people as well.
11- We make the future sustainable when we invest in the poor, not when we insist on their suffering.
12- We’re responsible for the creation of the PC industry. The whole idea of compatible machines and lots of software.. that’s something we brought to computing. And so it’s a responsibility for us to make sure that things like security don’t get in the way of that dream.
13- We’ve got to put a lot of money into changing behavior.
14- When a country has the skill and self-confidence to take action against its biggest problems, it makes outsiders eager to be a part of it.
15- The belief that the world is getting worse, that we can’t solve extreme poverty and disease, isn’t just mistaken. It is harmful.
16- The best way to prepare [to be a programmer] is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and fished out listings of their operating system.
17- The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.
18- Life is not fair – get used to it!
19- The general idea of the rich helping the poor, I think, is important.
20- Like my friend Warren Buffett, I feel particularly lucky to do something every day that I love to do. He calls it ‘tap-dancing to work.’
21- The most amazing philanthropists are people who are actually making a significant sacrifice.
22- Make it just like a Mac.
23- The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
24- Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.
25- Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past. It’s a good thing we have museums to document that.
26- Microsoft is not about greed. It’s about innovation and fairness.
27- Money has no utility to me beyond a certain point.
28- Patience is a key element of success.
29- People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t they?
30- Personally, I’d like to see more of our leaders take a technocratic approach to solving our biggest problems.read all