Thursday, June 23, 2011

Emmanuel Kumah "chats" with Bill Gates

Why is Bill Gates Rich?

Have you ever asked your self such a question?  Can luck make someone rich , or  being the son of a rich man bestow riches on you, well I have been asking such questions myself and this week I have decided to write a post on some of the richest man on Earth and learn some valuable lessons from them.
Why am  I writing post on richest men in the world and not in Ghana, well is partly because the information of rich men in the world are readily available for us to learn from them. If I  ever meet any rich man in Ghana, I would love to find out the source of  his riches, but whilst  I have still not found one , if only we have some in Ghana, let me introduce you to one  of the richest entrepreneurs in the world and learn from their great worth of knowledge and experience.

Why is Bill Gates Rich?

Well before answering such a million dollar  question, let’s take a look at the early life of the
one time richest man on Earth .
                                                                  Early life
I would be Rich!
Bill Gates was born in Seattle, Washington to William H , Gates and Mary Maxwell  Gates. His family was upper middle class. Bill Gates parents wanted him to be a lawyer when he was young but it  did not then out that way.
At 13 he enrolled in the Lakeside School, an exclusive preparatory school.When he was in the eighth grade, the Mothers Club at the school used proceeds from Lakeside School's rummage sale to buy an ASR-33 Teletype terminal and a block of computer time on a General Electric (GE) computer for the school's students. Bill  Gates took an interest in programming the GE system in BASIC, and was excused from math classes to pursue his interest. He wrote his first computer program on this machine: an implementation of tic-tac-toe that allowed users to play games against the computer. Bill Gates was fascinated by the machine and how it would always execute software code perfectly.After the Mothers Club donation was exhausted, he and other students sought time on systems including DEC PDP minicomputers. One of these systems was a PDP-10 belonging to Computer Center Corporation (CCC), which banned four Lakeside students—Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Ric Weiland, and Kent Evans—for the summer after it caught them exploiting bugs in the operating system to obtain free computer time.
Gates did not have a definite study plan while a student at Harvard and spent a lot of time using the school's computers. He remained in contact with Paul Allen, joining him at Honeywell during the summer of 1974.The following year saw the release of the MITS Altair 8800 based on the Intel 8080 CPU, and Gates and Allen saw this as the opportunity to start their own computer software company.He had talked this decision over with his parents, who were supportive of him after seeing how much Gates wanted to start a company.

So why is Bill Gates Rich?

Well I believed as you read the history I  got from Wikipedia , you were able to point out some few reasons why Bill Gates became the richest man in the world. If you didn’t get the lessons don’t worry I would teach you those valuable lessons, I only pray you would learn from them and tailor them to your own dreams.

  • ·         Passion or Interest: One key lessons I  gathered  from Bill Gates biography is the interest or passion that he had for computers, he was so crazy about this machine he was even excused from mathematics class to pursue his interest. What are you passionate about, find that out and work your way up  for you would definitely be at the top

  • ·        Firelighters: Bill Gates surrounded himself with friends who were also passionate about computers and those colleagues served as firelighters in his way to the top. Unfortunately, most of us surround ourselves with firefighters- people who don’t believe in what we do and always want to quench the fire that is burning within. It may be colleagues at work, at home or even your own friends and family.Identify  all the firelighters in your life and be with them the more if  you want to be rich.

  • ·         Effective Networking: Even after completing elementary school, Bill Gates got in touch with Paul Allen for several years until they saw  the  opportunity to start their own business. Have you gotten contact with those friends who are interested in what you are interested in?  You never know what you can do together.

  • ·         Approval: Bill Gates got the approval from his parents when they realized his passions for  computers,and did not force him to be a lawyer as they have envisioned. Parents,please support your children when you see them getting interested in one thing and don’t shut them down , you never know who they would become.

 What Next?
Well, I don’t know about you but I belive, this   are some of the things that made Bill Gates rich and we can learn from them. What do you think, drop me your comment. Thanks.