Visions

In this business, by the time you realize you’re in trouble, it’s too late to save yourself. Unless you’re running scared all the time, you’re gone.

Bill Gates

1- There’s only one trick in software, and that is using a piece of software that’s already been written.

Bill Gates

2- 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.

Bill Gates

3- To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks.

Bill Gates

4- Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.

Bill Gates

5- We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.

Bill Gates

6- We have to find a way to make the aspects of capitalism that serve wealthier people serve poorer people as well.

Bill Gates

7- We make the future sustainable when we invest in the poor, not when we insist on their suffering.

Bill Gates

8- 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.

Bill Gates

9- We’ve got to put a lot of money into changing behavior.

Bill Gates

10- 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.

Bill Gates

11- Whether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we’ve got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.

Bill Gates

12- 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.

Bill Gates

13- Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.

Bill Gates

14- 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.

Bill Gates

15- Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.

Bill Gates

16- Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past. It’s a good thing we have museums to document that.

Bill Gates

17- Microsoft is not about greed. It’s about innovation and fairness.

Bill Gates

18- Money has no utility to me beyond a certain point.

Bill Gates

19- Patience is a key element of success.

Bill Gates

20- People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t they?

Bill Gates

21- Personally, I’d like to see more of our leaders take a technocratic approach to solving our biggest problems.

Bill Gates

22- Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.

Bill Gates

23- Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.

Bill Gates

24- Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Bill Gates

25- The belief that the world is getting worse, that we can’t solve extreme poverty and disease, isn’t just mistaken. It is harmful.

Bill Gates

26- 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.

Bill Gates

27- 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.

Bill Gates

28- Life is not fair – get used to it!

Bill Gates

29- The general idea of the rich helping the poor, I think, is important.

Bill Gates

30- 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.’

Bill Gates
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