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Bar Bat Mitzvah Magazine 2018

Bill Gates What traits

Bill Gates What traits made Bill Gates who he is? Bill Gates’ Impact on the World In Bill Gates’ childhood, there was no such thing as a desktop computer. Today, every household owns a desktop computer. Without Bill Gates’ innovation, we would not have desktop computers. Work Hard for Your Dreams There Is No Shortcut to 1980 and they didn’t make any money from it. Despite the failure of Traf-O-Data, the learning experience played a crucial role in the formation and success of Microsoft. Bill Gates’ thirst for knowledge One of the most pronounced qualities of Gates is his discerning passion for lifelong learning. After landing on the billionaires list several times, it would be easy for During the first five years at Microsoft, he was not only Gates to become prideful or think he knows it all; in charge of running the business, but he also oversaw product development, and taking it upon himself Most of what he reads is nonfiction that explains something about how the world works. to rewrite code if need be. As a young man, he also His favorite books dig into how buildings are built, frequently pulled all-nighters. One time, an employee how children succeed, and how diseases are eradicated. came into work and found a man sleeping on a desk. Sometimes, a book will help him see familiar things She was going to call the police but then realized the in a new light. “This is one of the things I love about man was Bill Gates. reading,” Gates said. “Each book opens up new avenues You Need to Fail in Order to Succeed Before Microsoft was founded, Bill Gates and Paul Allen started a company called Traf-O-Data. Traf-O-Data was a traffic counter of cars or pedestrian traffic, conducted along a particular road, path, or intersection. A traffic count works with the installation of a temporary or permanent electronic traffic recording device. Traffic counts can be used by local cities to identify which routes are used most to either improve that road or provide an alternative if there is an excessive amount of traffic. “Despite efforts to sell our service, we had virtually no customers. Traf-O-Data was a good idea with a flawed business model.” They worked on this project for ten years, from 1970 of knowledge to explore.” As a kid, what did Bill Gates like to read? “As a kid I read a lot of biographies of great people trying to think what it was that gave them their special opportunities. Once you start reading a lot, then you learn about inventors and scientists and leaders. So, I was inspired to become like them.” Do you think reading has been essential to your success and is it to others’? Absolutely. You don’t really start getting old until you stop learning. Every book teaches me something new or helps me see things differently. I was lucky to have parents who encouraged me to read. Reading fuels a sense of curiosity about the world, which I think helped drive me forward in my career and in the work that I do now with my foundation. 106 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Magazine Source: Go on TorahContest.com/sources continued on p. 108

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