Bill Gates' 10 Rules for Success 21/06/2016

Bill Gates – Ten Rules for Success

Day two of Corecom Consulting’s ‘Leadership and Success Series’ welcomes one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution, Bill Gates. Bill Gates consistently ranks in the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people and is the second-most generous philanthropist in America, having given over $28 billion to charity and here is his top ten rules for success:

Have energy

“If you’re going to start a company, it takes so much energy that it better overcome your feeling of risk.”

Have a bad influence

“I’m a bad influence, that’s why I was asked to speak at your graduation because if I’d have spoken at your orientation, fewer of you might be here today.”

Work hard

“About 25% of the time that I’m out travelling around meeting with customers in Europe and Asia, that helps me think: do we have the right priorities, what are people responding well to and what they’d like to see us do better?”

Create the Future

“Every week we see new innovative work and it’s really attracting all the innovation in the industry. We predicted this a long time ago and now it’s the future.”

Enjoy what you do

“You’ve got to enjoy what you do every day, and for me that’s working with very smart people, it’s working on new problems. Every time we think we’ve had a bit of success we’ve got to be careful not to dwell on it too much because the bar gets raised.”

Play Bridge

“I love Bridge, Bridge helps you think, it’s a game you can play your entire life and you keep getting better and better and I think that anyone who is good at Bridge will be great at a lot of things.”

Ask for advice

“A small number of people that you can turn to on certain key things is a great asset.”

Pick good people

“The benefit of sparking off someone who’s got that brilliance is not only fun, but it has also led to a lot of success, so picking a partner is crucial.”

Don’t procrastinate

“Procrastination is not a good habit.”

Have a sense of humour

“I’ve been waiting more than 30 years to come back and say this, Dad, I always told you I’d come back and get my degree.”

More on this can be found here. If you want to find out about Steve Jobs’ ten rules for success click here. For Elon Musk and Jonathan Sanderson’s ten rules keep your eyes peeled on our blogs over the next week.

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