I recently wrote an article entitled, “9 Powerful But Simple Ways To Be A Success Without Spending A Dime” and since then, I must admit that more thoughts about success have evaded my mind.
The way that I have been thinking about success is the kind of legacy that I want to live out here on earth and then in later years, to leave that legacy behind for others to follow.
Now there are many who focus on someone’s legacy but only after the individual have died. However my dream is to establish an impressive mark here on earth that this generation and those to come will know that I was here, that I made a difference and that my life had a positive impact on that of others.
Now that’s what I would certainly consider a mark of success! 🙂
Wouldn’t you love that for yourself too? I am certain that you would. 🙂
Finding The Role Model of True Success
I looked around for role models and people who I believe fit into the mold of true success. Once I had narrowed down the list, I finally agreed to choose Bill Gates.
So to build upon what I had written before on success, I would be bringing you specific quotes from him.
I would then elaborate on the quotes in terms of what I believe they mean, how each one can impact our performance when we apply his wisdom to our lives, what is he hinting to us about our journey and self and what we may need to change in order to become more successful.
Key Things to Know About The Man Himself
William Henry “Bill” Gates III, born October 28th, 1955, is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and investor.
He is an inspiration to many persons world-wide. He is a great leader for his Microsoft Company and is very generous in his giving to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000.
According to Wikipedia, Bill Gates is the second richest person in the world and this is as of September 2014, with a net worth of US 81.3 billion dollars. He has built an empire and he took on several roles over the years within his Microsoft Company.
He stepped down as Chairman of Microsoft in February 2014, taking on a new post as Technology Advisor to support the newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella.
He has been married to Melinda Gates since January 1, 1994 and that union has produced three children.
Bill Gates Quotes – What Successful People Do
1. ) “We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” ~ Bill Gates
Feedback helps you to know whether you are on the right path or not and if you are doing and saying the right things.
The person who is giving you the feedback is better at helping you to distinguish your unique voice and to lend the support you will need to cultivate it.
Feedback is also an opportunity to take corrective measures immediately upon discovering that something is not going right. ~ EMB
2. ) “I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.” ~ Bill Gates
It is not good enough to just say that there is a problem and not know how to solve the problems.
When you have the right strategy then the responsibility is yours to teach others. Don’t just keep it to yourself.
Take them through the process and once they have learned it, they are better equipped with the knowledge to take action, even in your absence. ~ EMB
3. ) “Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player.” ~ Bill Gates
In order to have a successful professional career, it is important for you to have a coach. I see the coach also as a mentor. This is the person who will help you to grow, help you to build and develop your skills and to cheer you along every step of the way.
Having recognized your gifts and talents, s/he being in an advantageous position, is there to challenge you and help you to maximize your full potential.
This is the person who goes out of their way to connect you to the other successful people and who is already leading in the industry. ~ EMB
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4. ) “We’ve got to put a lot of money into changing behavior.” ~ Bill Gates
This I believe speaks to investing money into getting the best education and training there is – not just for yourself as the leader or the manager, but for your employees as well.
Most behaviors are learned and in order to unlearn them, it requires a coach, a teacher or a trainer to bring about a shift in a person’s mindset. A one off money investment will not bring you the results that you desire and therefore have to be an ongoing process. EMB
5. ) “The most amazing philanthropists are people who are actually making a significant sacrifice.” ~ Bill Gates
True and lasting success comes with great sacrifice. You must be willing and able to work hard and to persevere through the hardships you are sure to meet along the way.
You must also realize the road to success is an uphill battle and sometimes the results you are looking for seems nowhere in sight. But remember the best diamonds are the ones that withstood the heat of the hottest fire. ~ EMB
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6. ) “I have been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improving human condition.” ~ Bill Gates
When goals are developed and established, it is very important to set standards by which you will measure your progress against over specific time periods. It is the only way you will know how you are doing.
It’s important to set targets – be it by a certain date you will have certain things done or you measure by percentage or whatever method you choose to measure by, it remains part of the process. Stick with it. ~ EMB
7. ) “Don’t compare yourself with anyone in the world. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.” ~ Bill Gates
Do not try to be anyone else, be yourself. Compete with yourself and win! Comparing yourself to others can lead to unhappiness and ungratefulness. It is also one of the things that block your ability to focus inward on the positive things and what is really important.
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Trying to draw comparison with others will make you bitter and that bitterness becomes a cell that imprisons your life. So no matter what, make your life work with the resources that you have available to you.
Keep your eyes looking over your own garden. Attend carefully unto it and cherish the fruits of your labor as they begin to spring forth. Be sure to water your plan daily with a positive attitude. ~ EMB
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