Bill Gates: Write programs

“Interviewer: Is studying computer science the best way to prepare to be a programmer? Bill Gates: No. the best way to prepare is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and I fished out listings of their operating system. You got to be willing to read other people’s code, then write your own, then have other people review your code. You’ve got to want to be in this incredible feedback loop where you get the world-class people to tell you what you’re doing wrong.”

—Programmers at Work: Interviews With 19 Programmers Who Shaped the Computer Industry, Tempus, by Susan Lammers (Editor). 

Bill Gates: Fanatics

“I think the world’s best companies are built by fanatics. [That means that you] work day and night. Sort of don’t worry about the possibility of failure. Every setback is just something to work a little bit harder at doing. And you really know what you’re trying to achieve…. And you’re going to change your strategy until you can get that to happen.”

—Bill Gates. 

Bill Gates: America First worldview

More broadly, the America First worldview concerns me. It’s not that the United States shouldn’t look out for its people. The question is how best to do that. My view is that engaging with the world has proven over time to benefit everyone, including Americans, more than withdrawing does. Even if we measured everything the government did only by how much it helped American citizens, global engagement would still be a smart investment.

—Bill Gates.

Bill Gates: Recipe for rapid economic development

When more children live, you get one generation that’s relatively big. Then, when families decide to have fewer children, the next generation is much smaller. Eventually, a country ends up with relatively more people in the labor force producing economically—and relatively fewer dependents (very old or very young people). That’s a recipe for rapid economic development, especially if countries take advantage of it by investing in health and education.

—Bill Gates.