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The Secret To Bill Gates’s Success Is An Old-School Adage

Bill Gates, once the world’s richest man, has a lot to credit for his success. With a success as huge as his, it was not surprising, anyway.

Back in 1975, Gates co-founded what would become the world’s biggest PC software company, Microsoft. For years, Gates led the company to success. Many of the company's earlier programs were made from Gates’s codes, eventually bringing Microsoft’s softwares to every business PC and every home.

This is why from 1995 to 2017, Gates held the Forbes title of the richest person in the world. Before he was ousted by Amazon’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos in 2017, Gates’s estimated value was US$89.9 billion.

In his recent “Ask Me Anything” segment on Reddit, Gates was asked the question that many of us are itching to ask the richest man on the planet: “How in the world did you get so successful?”

And what he credits for his successful was an old-school advice that we've heard our parents repeatedly drill into us throughout the years: value your education.

“I benefited from having a great education — public schools through 6th grade and then a great private School,” Gates said. “So there is a good chance I would never have gotten turned on to software and math the way I did and therefore not as successful.”

Gates first really got into computers and codes as early as 8th grade, when his school bought an early machine along with blocks of processing time. Gates got so good at math and so into coding that he was actually excused from his regular math classes to learn to program. His first computer program: a tic-tac-toe program.

In fact, by age he was already writing payroll programs for a local company and by 17, has already started a company with his friend Paul Allen that used an early computer program to help count road traffic.

Eventually, the school’s investment on Gates and the young boy’s way of absorbing everything were the keys to creating the man who would revolutionize the world of computer software.

Gates had good education throughout his learning years. When he was 13, he was enrolled at Lakeside School, one of the top 10 private schools in the country, and then went on to attend Harvard University.

But he knows that not everyone has the chance to get good education, especially when the family’s finances just can't cover it. That's why he and his wife started the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has made it a mission to bring good quality education to lower-income communities around the world and has since pledged $1.7 billion to education reform.



“I was a success in getting good grades and test scores in high school. I was a success at writing good code by my early 20s. The dream of the PC being an enabling tool came true by the 1990s, ” Gates said. “Now I am working on being a good father and the ambitious goals of the Foundation including getting rid of polio and malaria. I think it is always good to have goals where your success is in doubt and I have that in many areas including the work I do on climate change.”