Bill Gates – Coaching Quotes and Tips

Bill Gates Advice

Bill Gates – Coaching Quotes and Tips – Contents

  • Career Advice Quotes by Bill Gates
  • Business Advice Quotes by Bill Gates
  • Leadership and Management Advice Quotes by Bill Gates
  • Bill Gates Biography
  • Interesting Facts and Insights about Bill Gates
  • Bill Gates Inspirational Quotes
  • Books by Bill Gates
  • Books about Bill Gates
  • Common Questions about Bill Gates
  • Films about Bill Gates
  • Videos about Bill Gates
  • Bill Gates Quotes

Career Advice Quotes by Bill Gates

“Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast, or a bridge player.”

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”

“Reading is still the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding.”

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

“Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world…if you do so, you are insulting yourself.”

“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.”

“If you think your teacher is tough, wait ’til you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.”

“If you are born poor then it’s not your mistake but if you die poor then it is your mistake”

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Microsoft Co-Founder, Bill Gates first business card.

“Some people may call me a nerd. I claim the label with pride.”

“Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.”

“Patience is a key element of success.”

“Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off, and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.”


“I spend a lot of time reading.”

– Bill Gates

Business Advice Quotes by Bill Gates

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”

“The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.”

“If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.”

“This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50.”

“Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.”

“The vision is really about empowering workers giving them all the information about what’s going on so they can do a lot more than they’ve done in the past.”

“Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other.”

“Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.”

“Capitalism has worked very well. Anyone who wants to move to North Korea is welcome.”

“A company’s ability to respond to an unplanned event, good or bad, is a prime indicator of its ability to compete.”


“In business, the idea of measuring what you are doing, picking the measurements that count, like customer satisfaction and performance … you thrive on that.”

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Leadership Advice Quotes by Bill Gates

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”

“If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble.”

“If you are born poor then it’s not your mistake but if you die poor then it is your mistake”

“Life is not fair; get used to it.”

“To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks.”

Bill Gates signature

Bill Gates Signature

“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”

“Television is not real life. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.”

“If you are born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it’s your mistake.”

“In three years, every product my company makes will be obsolete. The only question is whether we will make them obsolete or somebody else will.”

“Reward worthy failure–experimentation.”

“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”

“Discrimination has a lot of layers that make it tough for minorities to get a leg up.”

“Leaving kids massive amounts of money is not a favor to them,”

“I think it makes sense to believe in God, but exactly what decision in your life you make differently because of it, I don’t know.”


“In this business, by the time you realize you are in trouble, it’s too late to save yourself. Unless your running scared all the time, you’re gone.”

― Bill Gates

Bill Gates Biography

Bill Gates (born 1955) is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is best known as the principal founder of the Microsoft Corporation. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman and CEO and the largest individual shareholder until 2014.

Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. He has been included in the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people. Since leaving Microsoft, Gates pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors. He donated large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the world’s largest private charity.


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Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at ‘All Things Digital’ conference in California, in 2007

Interesting Facts and Insights about Bill Gates

  • Born: Bill Gates was born in 1955 in Seattle, Washington.
  • Full Name: William Henry Gates III.
  • Lakeside School: Gates’ Lakeside School was one of the few schools in the United States to have a computer in 1868. He was exposed to a computer at 13 years old.
  • First Computer Program: As a teen at Prep School, Bill Gates wrote his first computer program. It was a version of tic-tac-toe where you could play against the machine. His program, written in the BASIC programming language.
  • Student Programmer: When his Prep School, discovered Gates’ coding abilities, they let him write the school’s computer program for scheduling students in classes.
  • Software Hack: Gates optimizes the school’s software to place himself in classes with a “disproportionate number of interesting girls”.
  • SAT Scores: Gates scored 1590 out of 1600 on his SATs.
  • College Dropout: Gates drop out of Harvard University in 1975, after only two years, to fully devote himself to Microsoft.
  • Micro-Soft: In 1975, after reading an article in Popular Electronics on the Altair 8800 computer, Gates contacted its creators, to write programs for the computer. Gates and Paul Allen, his childhood friend then founded a company called “Micro-Soft.” A year later the hyphen was dropped, thus Microsoft was created.
  • Arrested: In 1977 Gates was arrested in New Mexico, for driving without a license and running a red light.
  • Microsoft’s Success: When Microsoft went public in 1986, the stock price skyrocketed and 12,000 millionaires were created by the company’s success.
  • Office Romance: Bill Gates met his wife Melinda through work. She was working as a product marketing manager at Microsoft when she met Bill at dinner. In 1993 they became engaged and married in 1994, and have been married for 24 years.
  • Color-Blind: In a 2006 interview, Bill Gates revealed that he is color-blind.
  • Leonardo da Vinci: One of Gates’ most expensive acquisitions was a collection of Leonardo da Vinci’s original and personal journals. He acquired the Codex Leicester, in 1994 auction for over $US30 million.
  • Writer: Bill Gates has written two books. The Road Ahead was published in 1995 and was co-written by Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold. His second book, Business @ the Speed of Thought, was published in 1999.
  • Languages: Gates has mastered a number of programming languages, but speaks only one human language, English.
  • Inheritance: Gates’s public plans for his kids are that they will only inherit $US10 million each, from his billions of net worth.
  • Home: Bill Gates’s home is in Medina, Washington, outside Seattle. They share an earth-sheltered 66,000 square foot mansion boasts a 60-foot swimming pool with an underwater music system. The property taxes alone run just under $1 million per year.
  • AI: Gates is concerned about the threat of super artificial intelligence.
  • Books: Gates reads 50 books a year. “Reading is still the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding.”
  • Recreation: Bill Gates enjoys playing tennis, golf, and bridge.
  • Cars: Bill Gates is an avid Porsche collector. His collection includes a Porsche 911 convertible and an ‘88 Porsche 959 Coupe.
  • Philanthropy: In 1999 Bill Gates and his wife founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Foundation support includes funding libraries in the United States, combating diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, and encouraging agricultural development and sustainable crops in countries with high poverty rates.
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: The foundation is the single largest private philanthropic institution in the world, with $43 billion in endowments.
  • Giving Pledge: Gates has spearheaded the “Giving Pledge,” to encourage people to contribute a majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes. Most of the signatories of the pledge are billionaires, and their pledges total over $500 billion. Elon Musk and Warren Buffet have also taken on this incredible pledge.
  • Honorary Degrees: Bill Gates has honorary degrees from Harvard, Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, Tsinghua University in China, and Waseda University in Japan.
  • Knight Commander: Queen Elizabeth II of England made Gates an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2005.
  • National Honours: Bill Gates has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the USA, the Placard of the Order of the Aztec Eagle from Mexico, the Padma Bhushan from India, and the Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America.
Bill Gates - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting New York 2002
Bill Gates – World Economic Forum Annual Meeting New York 2002

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”

– Bill Gates

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“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.”

– Bill Gates

Books About Bill Gates

  • Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire, by James Wallace, 1993
  • Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs, by John Doerr, 2018
  • Bill Gates: The Man Behind Microsoft, A Look at the Man Who Changed the World We Live In, by JR MacGregor, 2018
  • Bill Gates Speaks: Insight from the World’s Greatest Entrepreneur: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest Entrepreneur, by Janet Lowe, 1998
  • Who Is Bill Gates? by Patricia Brennan Demuth, 2013
  • How to Think Like Bill Gates by Daniel Smith, 2015
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, by Heinz Duthel, 2017
  • The Unauthorized Guide To Doing Business The Bill Gates Way, by Des Dearlove, 2010
  • Famous Lives: Bill Gates, by Richard Wood, 2001
  • Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs, by Michael A. Cusumano, David B Yoffie, 2015
  • Bill Gates and Microsoft (Great Business Stories), by David Marshall, 1994
  • Bill Gates: The Path to the Future, by Jonathan Gatlin, 1999

Books by Bill Gates

  • The Road Ahead, by Bill Gates, Nathan Myhrvold, and Peter Rinearson, 1995
  • Business @ the Speed of Thought: Using a Digital Nervous System, by Bill Gates and Collins Hemingway, 1999

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Common Questions about Bill Gates?

  • Why is Bill Gates famous?
    • He is best known as the principal founder of the Microsoft Corporation. He has also donated large amounts of money to various charitable programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest private charity.
  • When and where was Bill Gates born?
    • Bill Gates was born, William Henry Gates III, on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington, U.S.
  • Where does Bill Gates live?
    • Bill Gates lives at a mansion that overlooks Lake Washington in Medina, Washington. The mansion is noted for its design and its technology. It is nicknamed Xanadu 2.0.
  • What is Bill Gates Worth?
    • Approximately $100 billion
  • Does Bill Gates have a family?
    • He married Melinda French in 1994 and has three children.
  • Does Bill Gates have a website?
  • What is Bill Gates’ Twitter Account
    • @BillGates
  • How many Twitter Followers does Bill Gates have?
    • Bill Gates has over 47 million followers

Films about Bill Gates

  • Pirates of Silicon Valley, Director: Martyn Burke, 1999
  • Triumph of the Nerds, Documentary, 1996
  • Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates, Netflix, 2019

Videos about Bill Gates

Bill Gates Breaks Down 6 Moments From His Life – WIRED


Bill Gates’s Top 10 Rules For Success


“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”

– Bill Gates

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