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Tuesday 24 February 2009

Words of Wisdom from Bill Gates

Well I think I have done enough "brilliant Brown bashing blogs" for now. Thank you for the positive feedback from those who saw them. Sorry, I cannot kick the ill iteration just like that and I warn you I am prone to sudden attacks now and again.

Recently I came across some really impressive words of wisdom from Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft. He offered these ten insights to anyone starting out in the big bad world of business. His points are well worth considering:

1. Life isn't fair - so get used to it.
2. The world doesn't care about your self-esteem; it expects you to accomplish something before feeling good about yourself.
3. You won't make £60K a year right out of school, or be a vice president with a blackberry. You have to earn it.
4. So you think your teacher is tough? Just wait until you have a boss!
5. Flipping burgers isn't beneath you; your grandparents called it opportunity.
6. Your parents weren't always boring; it came from feeding you, cleaning your clothes and paying your bills. So before you rush out to save the rain forest from the 'parasites' of your parent's generation, try delousing your own closet first.
7. Some schools may have abolished winners and losers, but life hasn't.
8. Life isn't divided into school terms. You don't get summers off. Employers aren't interested in helping you 'find yourself''. You do that in your own time.
9. Unlike television, real people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to work.
10. Be nice to nerds; chances are you'll end up working for one someday!

The Bible says: "Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied" (Proverbs 13:4 NIV)

No shortcuts - you've got to work for it.

Gosh! What powerful words and I wish someone had shown me this when I was knee high to a grasshopper. But I expect I would have thought it was just the ramblings of 'an old fart!' Old heads on young shoulders and all that. I wonder if I could add a relevant phrase which I have dredged from deep within my cerebral hemispheres.

Aim for the stars and you might reach the ceiling.
Aim for the ceiling and you'll never get off the ground.

The problem is that throughout life my aim has been dreadful and I usually shoot myself in the foot!


  1. Just a quick comment. Well done, nice blog. I'm a novice really. You never stop learning. Watch it, it can take over! Took me months to get first comment. You settle into a style/pattern. Will be back. Any problems and any decent blogger will help. Will add you to my list if you don't mind. Will be back.

  2. I love that Bill Gates thing and so true. I must say though I think the young people of today are great.

  3. Hi Retired and most certainly not crazy.
    I agree entirely about young people. Most are very good and helpful and friendly. However, as in all walks of life, there are some 'rotter', a few who spoil it for the many. Just got back from ambulance duties and was pleasantly surprised to see your comment. Glad it works now. Thanks. Eddie

  4. Thanks for the visit Ken and by all means add me to your list and I will do so as well if that's OK. I posted a comment on your blog a little earlier. Yes, I am sure blogging could take over everything else, but not with a wife like mine! Boom boom! Ouch!
    Best wishes

  5. Retiredandcrazy said...
    Eddie your blog is very impressive and already much visited. You are doing very well. I think you are a great communicator and have an excuse for sliding out of doing mundane DIY stuff.


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