Bill Gates left Harvard in 1974. In the following, 1975 – it founded Microsoft – the company on production of the software, the richest person of the planet who made it. He made a fortune that he brought mankind by a hand into a new era of computer technologies. Today Bill Gates though is not the richest person of the planet, his state makes 59 billion dollars.
He left a post of the CEO of Microsoft and devoted himself to charity within the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation organization. Here ten lessons from the giant of the computer world Bill Gates.
- What is the knight without good luck?
Gates is very clever, however he is obliged to much to the good luck and extraordinary luck. In 1968 Bill was an eighth-grader at private Seattle school. That year it invested 3000 dollars in development of the computer. Thirteen-year-old Billey immediately hotly became interested, and registered in computer club. There, together with the peers, he for hours sat at the screen, studying programming by a trial and error method. It was the beginning of its long way in the computer world. What in the sixties there were chances that the thirteen-year-old child will get access to the computer? One on one million? However if Billey did not appear in the right place at the right time – he would never found Microsoft.
- Grab good luck a tail!
Perhaps Gates was also lucky, but he would not achieve anything without persistent work. After all, thousands of hours spent at the computer made him the computer genius who created the successful company.
- Bite off more, than you will be able to chew
Businessmen can bite off more, than they are capable to chew, hoping that they will be able quickly to learn to do it – Roy Ash, the founder of Litton Industries. Aspiring to bigger what you are objectively capable of, you will pave to yourself the way to development. However you should not deceive clients, certainly.
- Always you have the finger on the pulse
The Microsoft company grew, employing everything new programmers, and Gates held a post of the CEO who did not assume direct participation in programming process. However it did not prevent it to study scrupulously, and sometimes – and to rewrite, every line, written by the wards. Its attention to work allowed it to be aware always of all trifles and to be down on to products of the company.
- The revolutionary ideas need to be shown, but not to tell
The computer screen once could display only the text. In the eighties Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer traveled all over the world much, giving seminars how graphic interfaces will change operating systems of the future. And nobody trusted them. All claimed that they will brake systems and that applications writing to such interfaces will be too complicated.
Everything changed in 1984 when Apple started Macintosh. It became the first-ever computer with the graphic user interface. Here then it became clear to all that the future behind windows, icons, the menu and the mouse pointer and in several years the market was flooded by systems with the graphic interface.
If you had a revolutionary idea - it is it does not matter that you are not understood. Begin development of your idea, and its time will come soon.
- Show persistence
Nothing happens at once - Bill Gates says. Windows 1.0 did not become successful. Microsoft released Windows 2.0 two years later, in 1987, but also it did not become break. It was used only thanks to its applications: Excel, Word, and Aldus Pagemaker. Only in 1990 when Microsoft started Windows 3.0, she achieved the first success with OS with the graphic interface. On it made a fortune as this operating system was sold out in circulation in 10 million copies.
- You share the ideas with team
Just as with the graphic interface, Gates predicted success of the Internet long before the ordinary user got access to it. By May, 1995 Gates was so convinced of success of the company that he published the memorandum with statement of the thoughts for members of the company. It was made because Gates understood importance of uniform thinking of all staff of Microsoft. mission. As a result - Windows 95 was delivered with the sewed Internet Explorer.
- Marketing – it is simple
People buy a product not because of colourful packing or low price. They buy it because he solves their problems. The best marketing - to create the product solving problems. If you manage to create such product and to present it – success there will be yours. Show to people a problem and its decision. It motivates them to move forward - Bill Gates.
- You do not study on progress
It is obvious that all of us appreciate our progress and we rejoice to them. If we analyze aspects of our success – we will be able to use the developed model in the future from now on. Bill Gates claims, however, that success obscures our vision and makes us not ready to future calls. Success – very doubtful teacher. He forces clever people to think that they will never lose, - he says.
- You study on dissatisfied clients
For years of work Bill Gates acquired the mass of dissatisfied clients. Everyone who saw the blue screen of death will understand it. Many complain of Windows, and all the same use it. As of August, 2011, it occupies 82.5% of the market. The reason is simple: Microsoft takes remarks of clients into account and is improved as according to Bill Gates: dissatisfied clients – the best source of experience.