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Bill Gates

by Evan from San Diego

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"In 2006, Gates announced that he would begin working full-time for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a global philanthropic organization focused on improving healthcare and reducing poverty." (Roger R. Flynn). Gates no longer needs to invent more technology with all the money in his pocket already. Instead, he devotes all of his time to being a caring philanthropist, donating millions of dollars to aid those in need. Today's popular belief thinks of Bill Gates as the wealthiest man on the globe. The rest of Gates' life vaguely seems to be hidden to most of society, though is clearly explained. Gates' life was framed around building and serving software to computers since junior high school. He dropped out of Harvard after deciding not to be a lawyer, his father's desire, to begin his own company, which sells and manufactures computers - Microsoft. He moved on to establish ground in Washington, then gave up his head position to run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which generously donates millions of dollars to reduce poverty and disease. Gates went on to become a helpful and caring person, wanting everyone to experience the joy of technology. Though many people would think Bill Gates as just a wealthy person, he has proved much more of a hero through his intelligence in technology, which sparked since a child, his selfless and caring character, and his fascinating acts of philanthropy, which have changed the lives of millions across the globe.

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From Childhood to the present, Bill Gates has demonstrated his brilliance worldwide through complicated works of technology and software programming. Gates revealed an interesting fact about his life-long project: "One little mistake would have meant the whole program wouldn't have run. The first time we tried it was at MITS, and it came home without a glitch." (Neil Schlager). Gates' perfection through his work not only demonstrates his brilliance, but also reflects off of his ability to focus and his very intricate eyesight. Though in his speech, he appears as very relaxed, which portrays his absence of struggle and stress. Also since one little mistake could have ultimately exile the whole project, Gates knew exactly which steps to take, which again reflects on how much of a genius he is. Gates has further emphasized his brainpower by revealing his talent during childhood:  "Bill Gates discovered the fascination of computers as a twelve-year-old at the private Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington. Four years later, Gates and schoolmate Paul Allen wrote software to measure Seattle's traffic flow, and incorporated their first company, Traf-O-Data." (Roger R. Flynn). Since a child, Gates has found computers fascinating. He immediately latched onto computer studies, which made him the genius he is today. Though old and rusty technology meant a different childhood in Gates' generation, he possessed flexibility with what he was interested in, and quickly chose to take in computers. Since holding on to his chosen hobby, he was able to keep on track with his research and was able to manipulate a company based on his intelligent works. Gates' childhood had lots of flexibility with his interests as he challenged his mind and not only became the wealthiest person today, but a worldwide known genius.


Gates was not able to greatly succeed without being determined every minute of his work. As a child, he became obsessed with computers enough to surpass his curfew: "Sometimes Bill sneaked out of his room at night to go work on the computer." (Jeanne Lesinski 18). Unlike Gates' generation, we would spend our nights on more practical activities like video games in our generation, but Gates chose to work on creating a product for others.  Sneaking out of his house at night shows an impressive obsession to a socially acceptable hobby. Also, since he utilizes that time for the production of his computers, he impresses all of his peers around him, (students and teachers) and they will understand what kind of person Gates will be in the future. Gates later dropping out of Harvard was a major decision in his life. Though having determination, he senses success in the future: "Gates went to Harvard and Allen accepted a job in Boston. There the two wrote and marketed BASIC for the Altair, the first home computer kit. When Gates dropped out of Harvard to found and run Microsoft, first in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and then in Seattle, he was on his way to becoming one of the world's richest private citizens." (Roger R. Flynn). In Gate's standpoint, dropping out of Harvard was not a dramatic mistake. We can obviously see today he his blooming fruitfully. His only reason for doing so was to free up time to resume to his research on computers and start a computer based company. At Harvard, he attempted to fulfill his dream of being a lawyer, his father's desire. Though acting as a distraction, Gates passed the opportunity, but that would soon serve as a benefit for him. People's definition of determination widely varies. In Gates' case, he wanted no distractions, or any other interfering activities, which meant leaving Harvard. Due to that determination he prosperously became to be what he is today.


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Gates is indubitably wealthy, but does not display as a stubborn king. He generously donates large amounts of his salary to those in need, since there is no absolute need for such a plentiful supply of money. After realizing he became successful in transforming technology, Gates used his work of art as an advantage to connect with worldwide problems: "In 2006, Gates announced that he would begin working full-time for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a global philanthropic organization focused on improving healthcare and reducing poverty." (Roger R. Flynn). He gave up his head position at Microsoft to someone else to be able to run a program that further helps the needy. He believes that the people at Microsoft will make things better for the future, so he trusted them as he left the head chair. Now, he will devote his time to spending millions of dollars for others. By improving healthcare and poverty, many disabled people will get a chance to live a normal life, which is what Gates wants for the future. Gates truly cares about the younger people in this generation and contently funds local libraries for an opportunity to use better technology: "In the United States, Gates focuses his charity work on education and has helped students from all walks of life receive vital training for the future. Many public libraries in the United States, for example, receive funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for computer upgrades and access to new information technology." (Jeanne Lesinski 5). Gates obviously has enough money and would donate it to people in need, but since most of the charities have all they could ask for, he transitions and helps the next group in line, the local libraries. Gates wants children his own age to have a better experience with technology, so when time comes those kids will turn into adults who will hold a chance of becoming a technological genius. Like an outstanding icon like Gates, people should be more like him and donate a part of their life to make others' better.


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Many people fail to see the fascination and wonders behind Bill Gates. In reality he is sincerely a beloved saint who possesses the qualification to effortlessly raise funds for those in need. With Microsoft currently running perfectly, excessively working to produce newer technology is not a priority. Gates decides to rely on others to perform inventions for him, and moves on to being a philanthropist. Since a child, Gates has found computers to be miracles. Though his father wanted him to grow up as a lawyer, Gates decides to choose a different path, and ultimately the right path, as he creates America's best technology producing company. Already as amazing as he is, Gates currently spends his days as a full time philanthropist helping people of all kinds worldwide. Bill Gates is inspiring to many kinds of people due to his character. Rich people tend to be stuck up and spoiled, where Gates breaks that seal and instead gives back to the people. Many people look up to Bill Gates wanting to change the lives as others as well, and starting small begins the path to success. Childhood is so powerful and so flexible, that if built with a strong base, can create a successful life for the future. Gates genuinely worked hard to establish a strong beginning, and as portrayed today, now possesses a life like no other, but as a hero.


Works Cited

"Bill Gates." International Directory of Business Biographies. Ed. Neil Schlager. Vol. 4. Detroit: St. James Press, 2005. Biography in Context. Web. 21 Mar. 2014.

Lesinski, Jeanne M. Bill Gates: Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. Minneapolis, MN: Twenty-First Century, 2009. Print.

"Microsoft Corporation." Computer Sciences. Ed. Roger R. Flynn. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2009. Biography in Context. Web. 21 Mar. 2014.

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