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Tomiwa Awoyera: 10 Valuable Lessons from Bill Gates



Bill Gates, a co-founder of Microsoft in 1975, was born October 28, 1955. He attended Harvard University [1973-1975]. Bill Gates was a college dropout. He left Harvard University in 1975 to fully devote himself to Microsoft. He is a philanthropist, computer programmer, and inventor. He was also a co-founder of the world`s largest PC software company with Paul Allen. Bill Gates is currently the second richest man in the world.

Here are some valuable lessons I learned from him.

Start Early
Bill gates started his business career when he was just 13years. The earlier you start the better for you. Age is not a barrier, but his good you start early.

Be Unique
Be yourself, don`t copycat, Make sure any business you are doing, you are different. Develop your own style, be special. Bill gates succeeded more than his friends because he was unique, he did not have a definite study plan. He keeps developing his style. While he was a student at Harvard, he spent a lot of time using the school`s computer. Develop yourself with the equipment you have around you.

If you are facing one or two challenges in your business, don`t quit, keep moving. After Microsoft launched window1.0 and windows 2.0 they didn`t get better result from it until they launched window 3.0 in 1990 when they got the best result. They sold 10million units in just two years. So whatever inconvenience you are going through now, is preparing you for your greatness.

Work Towards Your Vision
To be successful in life you have to work towards your vision. What is that you are aiming? The only key to achieve it is to work towards it. Bill Gates took internet in General Electric [GE] system in BASIC and was excused from math’s classes to pursue his interest. What does that “connote”? You must stop doing some less important things to focus on how to achieve your vision.

Be the Best
Despite the fact that a Bill gate was the CEO, that doesn’t stop him from reviewing and rewriting the code that his company released. Make sure you always produce the best quality in your field.

Utilise Opportunities
Bill gates had an opportunity to have access to a computer when he was 13years and he dedicated himself so fully to master it. Make use of any opportunity that comes your way, it can leads to the success of your business.

Be Committed
You need to be committed to whatever you find yourself doing, have passion for it and love doing it. If you find whatever you are doing difficult, then you are not on the right path. After Bill Gates was sent out of school, he focused on his business and has passion for it then he succeeds.

Learn From Your Mistakes
Stop blaming yourself for your wrong steps. The only way to make a progress is to learn from your mistakes and not to let them happen again. If you keep blaming yourself you feel depressed, and that could leads to total failure of your business. Bill Gates admits that the control alt delete was a mistake in the old version of the software.

Work with Right Team
The people you work with in your business will either affect you positively or negatively. Bill Gates worked with Paul Allen and he helped him to achieve in future. Work with right team and you will get better result in your business.

Read Always
The more you read, the more your knowledge widens. Books will help you in any field you find yourself. Bill Gates’ fans know he is an avid reader.

Use of these lessons today and you will be successful in your business.

Photo Credit: Dreamstime | Matthias Ziegler

Awoyera Tomiwa is young Nigerian student and enterprising blogger, who is passionate about the state of things in this country. He resides in Ibadan, Oyo state. He writes technical content and in the politics and entertainment niche.


  1. Adeleye Oluwatosin

    June 13, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Very educative!!!! Tomiwa d sky is ur startn point..

  2. A Real Nigerian

    June 13, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Oh lord. Don’t tell me this is yet another recycled, overused and underwhelming article on Bill Gates.
    How long are we going to keep doing this? Yes, we get it, he’s a great, humble guy who worked hard and gives to charity and is successful despite dropping outta school. Wah, wah, wahh. We’ve heard it over and over again.
    Something new, something refreshing, that’s what we need, not revisiting the same “blah blah blah tips for success” or “blah blah blah Bill Gates did it so I can”.
    So beta, so cringeworthy.

  3. Janus

    June 13, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Please Please, I am so sick of the stereotypical usage of Bill Gates life to define how to live our lives. What is sauce for the goose is not ALWAYS sauce for the gander.

  4. Ba

    June 13, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    11) Be smart by stealing other people ideas. My take lesson: don’t ever underestimate the power of contract in any business activity especially start-up.

  5. Hey

    June 13, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Great! Don’t copy. Be smart by stealing!

  6. EllesarisEllendil

    June 13, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    “Be yourself, don`t copycat,”- As somebody three years your senior, ;et me tell you the honest truth, nobody becomes successful without copying at-least once. Especially Bill Gates, but keep it up little Man, your time go reach.

    • Jo!

      June 14, 2015 at 3:00 am

      You’re so annoyingly condescending, at 20? What do you know that you’re feeling like you can give advice of life?
      What is it with Nigerians and this “seniority” and age thing? You better face your life and go achieve something tangible instead of trying to put people down on the Internet, “little man” indeed. You “Mr/Ms EllesarisEllendil” are the little person, such pettiness, such childishness, such immaturity, grow up please

    • Jo!

      June 14, 2015 at 3:01 am

      And WTF is “be yourself, don’t COPYCAT”??? Is that flipping English????! Maybe is Russian though, cos that can’t be. English

    • Jo!

      June 14, 2015 at 3:01 am


  7. anonymous

    June 13, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Great article on Gates. ..send me your email

  8. Jo!

    June 14, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Tomiwa, I like the fact that you’ve taken a step towards your dreams at 17, at 17 many of us were faffing around and weren’t quite sure what we wanted to do, so, well done.
    However, you’ve got some work to do to get where you want to be, and I will not mince words.
    If you call yourself an “enterprising blogger” pray tell, where’s your blog address? Did you mean “aspiring” blogger?
    If You want to be a writer tHat gets taken seriously? Write, write and write some more, you will get some feedback, just like you’ve got today, both negative and positive, read through EVERY feedback you get, and NEVER for one minute consider someone is “hating”, nah, take the feedback and work on it, some will be true, some won’t, but explore every one and don’t let anyone get you down so much that you stop writing.
    For F’s sakes be flipping original! Bill Gates is a tired over flogged topic, an okay start for an aspiring writer and I won’t make noise about it now, but if you do one more cliche unoriginal post, I’ll come for your head.
    Above all keep reaching, keep dreaming, keep doing your thing, I wish you all the best

  9. Jo!

    June 14, 2015 at 3:19 am

    And I’m not done yet o, your grammar, Jesus, what is this? Your English DEFINITELY needs to get better, take extra English lessons, (I don’t trust English teachers in Ibadan, so maybe you’re better off watching YouTube videos on the Internet, or reading books off the Internet) read a fiction in your spare time,I’m not kidding, pay attention to the examples and how the words are used, it’s not about Using big words, but rather using regular words in the right way.
    Also, PROOFREAD, not sure you know what that means, do you? Because I don’t see proof of it in your work. Get someone to read it for you if you can, and edit the minor mistakes, there are quite a few of them, and I actually wouldn’t have expected BN to post something like this, but I expect they wanted to give you a chance to get feedback, note that if you do not pay attention to the feedback and still make the same mistakes, you might not get this opportunity again, so use this wisely. Get someone to edit for you, remove the “s” where you don’t need an “s” and the “a” where there shouldn’t be one, your grammar needs work though, still, again, all the best, the first step towards greatness is stepping out of your comfort zone, and you’ve done that

    • Jo!

      June 14, 2015 at 9:14 am

      *read a dictionary

  10. zamunda

    June 14, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Hi bellanaija. Please I have some poetry and articles I would like to send to you. So can I and how will I send them? Waiting eagerly for your response. Thank you.

    • Atoke

      June 14, 2015 at 2:32 pm


      Please send an email to features(at)bellanaija(dot)com. We currently do not have provision for poetry. However, we accept submissions of fiction and non-fiction work for consideration.

      Thank you.

  11. Princess

    June 14, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Don’t be discouraged by negative comments, just work with it. You’ve started early so be focused. Love u dear.

  12. kingsley Julius

    June 14, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    That was awsome bro, to the point I wish I knew you more.

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