The skills to succeed by Bill Gates
December 14, 2007 5:18am CST
The following was written by Bill Gates, who is one of the world's richest men, if not probably the richest. So I believe we can all benefit from his words of wisdom. Thought I'd share this with you. Take care and God bless us all! Merry Christmas! :0) ************** One of the most important changes of the last 30 years is that digital technology has transformed almost everyone into an information worker. In almost every job now, people use software and work with information to enable their organisation to operate more effectively. That's true for everyone from the retail store worker who uses a handheld scanner to track inventory to the chief executive who uses business intelligence software to analyse critical market trends. So if you look at how progress is made and where competitive advantage is created, there's no doubt that the ability to use software tools effectively is critical to succeeding in today's global knowledge economy. A solid working knowledge of productivity software and other IT tools has become a basic foundation for success in virtually any career. Beyond that, however, I don't think you can overemphasise the importance of having a good background in maths and science. If you look at the most interesting things that have emerged in the last decade - whether it is cool things like portable music devices and video games or more practical things like smart phones and medical technology - they all come from the realm of science and engineering. The power of software Today and in the future, many of the jobs with the greatest impact will be related to software, whether it is developing software working for a company like Microsoft or helping other organisations use information technology tools to be successful. Lifelong learning is vital Communication skills and the ability to work well with different types of people are very important too. A lot of people assume that creating software is purely a solitary activity where you sit in an office with the door closed all day and write lots of code. This isn't true at all. Software innovation, like almost every other kind of innovation, requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with other people, and to sit down and talk with customers and get their feedback and understand their needs. I also place a high value on having a passion for ongoing learning. When I was pretty young, I picked up the habit of reading lots of books. It's great to read widely about a broad range of subjects. Of course today, it's far easier to go online and find information about any topic that interests you. Having that kind of curiosity about the world helps anyone succeed, no matter what kind of work they decide to pursue.
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14 Dec 07
thank you my friend,it is a good article. lifelong learning is vital.I agree with this words.and I like it.in this time,when the science devolop faster and fast ,people should do lifelong learning.I do feel that if I stop learning I will be eliminate though the contest.
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14 Dec 07
Good article to remind us to learn new technologies to help us advance if we want to. The internet has allowed millions to do that - to go ahead to contact, learn, sell, buy, blog, and so on. It's probably the most important communication platform for interaction...
15 Dec 07
how often we mislead other people by measuring success with wealth or richness. i know that we can learn so much from bill gates. however, following him because he has earned so much takes us away from the real issues of our generation, such as climate change, poverty, conflicts, human rights abuses, etc. i think our efforts to curb and address these issues truly measure our success.