Some people think of Bill Gates as a brilliant businessman, a
computer genius, or maybe even a nerd, but everyone knows him as an innovator
in the computer world. His creation of Microsoft forever changed the idea of
the computer. It all started when Gates daringly dropped out of Harvard to work
toward his dream of creating a new, better, and faster operating system for
computers. This was revolutionary and helped expand the use of computers in to
new territory - the average American home. Gates and business partner, Paul
Allen, created this new operating system and started their own company which
they called Microsoft. Some question Gates' business tactics and how he became
one of the wealthiest people in the world; however there is no denying that
Gates has become one of the most giving people in history. It is not just his
creation of Microsoft, but rather his philanthropic qualities and his will to
help others that define Gates as a modern day hero. Not only does he have
extreme talent, but also Gates always works hard and has always been determined
to reach his goals. He is generous and loves to help others that are not as
fortunate. Gates has redefined himself as a philanthropist and through the
years has donated millions to various organizations around the world. Through
these actions, Bill Gates is distinguished as a hero.
Aside from his hard work, determination, and generosity,
selflessness is the other huge factor that defines Gates as a hero. Through his
actions, it is obvious that Gates thinks of helping others than himself.
"He and wife Melinda established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
which focuses on helping to improve health care and education for children
around the world." (Encyclopedia of World biography). Gates selflessness shows here in the fact that he
chose to spend his time and effort creating a foundation to help others instead
of himself. It is interesting that someone who spent so many years building his
fortune, is now spending his working hours giving it much of it away. "Aside
from being the most famous businessman of the late 1990s, Gates also began to
distinguish himself as a philanthropist." (Scientists: Their Lives and
Works). Gates selflessness showed when he decided to put
his efforts into these philanthropic endeavors. He loves to help people, and
with his money, he is able to do this. In fact, "Gates pledged $3 million
in aid for the victims of a tsunami that hit two continents on December 26,
2004" (Newsmakers). Gates thinks of helping others before and instead
of himself. When he saw that people no longer had homes and were in need
of the simple things in life, Gates recognized this and donated millions of
dollars to help them. His generous donations to causes like this, is what shows
Gates' true heroism.
Bill Gates is a big name in the technology world
for his creation of Microsoft and many other successes. Many might consider him
a hero because of these things, however Gates has proved to do much more in
order to earn his spot as a well-known hero. Gates is an inspiration to many
because of his hard work, intellect, and determination. He was never one to
give up, and it showed in his innovations in technology. Being the richest man
in the world, Gates could do anything with his money. He has decided to change
the world instead by being generous with his money, and giving his time and
energy to help mankind. He and his wife created the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation to help kids in need around the world, and also donated billions of
dollars to numerous organizations. Gates selflessness and will to help others
also shows in all of his donations over the years. Because of his hard work to
get to where he is today, his generosity, and selflessness towards helping
others, Bill Gates can be named a hero to people around the world.
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Gates may be
one of the richest men alive today, however it wasn't always like that for him.
Gates grew up in a middle class family and it was his passion, hard work, and
determination to achieve his goals that have led him to success. His creation
of Microsoft involved total dedication nearly 100% of the time. "In the six years
between 1978 and 1984, he took a total of only two weeks vacation"
(Encyclopedia of World Biography). This really shows Gates' dedication to his
work. He showed up almost every day for six years, always hardworking, in order
to achieve his goal of creating Microsoft. His hard work from all those years finally paid off. "Gates' competitive
drive and fierce desire to win made him a powerful force in business but
consumed much of his personal life" (Encyclopedia of World Biography). Not
only did he come everyday ready to work, but Gates also had this
competitiveness and "fierce desire to win" that made all his hard
work worth it. In the future, this drive to win combined with his hard work is
what made Gates so successful.
Today, Gates is known as a generous man who donates his money to help people all over the world. After Gates founded the Microsoft Software Corporation, leaving him one of the richest men in the world, he decided not to be selfish with his money and to use it to help others in need. "By 2001, Gates and his wife had endowed more than 21 billion for philanthropic causes" (Business Leader Profiles for Students). Gates is truly generous with his money and
donates to people who need it more than him. Because of his generosity, Gates spends millions each year trying to help organizations around
the world. "Pledges have included $1 billion over 20 years to fund college
scholarships for about 1,000 minority students, $750 million over 5 years to
help launch the Global Fund for Children's Vaccines, $50 million to help the
World Health Organization's efforts to eradicate polio, and $3 million to help
prevent the spread of AIDS among young people in South Africa"
(Encyclopedia of World Biography). Gates has taken action in helping not only
these organizations but many others too. He and Melinda decided to look outside of
their community and around the world where people are in true need of money and
help. It shows his generosity in how much time and money he has donated to these
organizations. He just as easily could have kept it to himself and secured his
position as richest man alive, however millions have came out of Gates' pocket
to help each of these organizations around the world. This generosity is a
sign of true heroism.
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