15. He Took Up Computing At Just 13 Years Old
What age were you when you knew what you were going to be doing for the rest of your life? Have you even found your passion yet? Don’t be disheartened, but it seems like if you want to be the most successful man in the history of all time, you have to start young. Bill Gates first started to become interested in computing when he was just 13 years old, and within a short space of time he was totally hooked. He became obsessed with computers, and very soon messing around with software and programming was dominating most of his time. He took the pursuit very seriously, which was good news for the world. If he had decided to focus on sports instead, or literature, or history, things might have been very different. The tech revolution would have had a different starting point, and it’s hard to imagine that we would have reached the point we are at today without Microsoft.
14. He Met His Business Partner In University And They Both Dropped Out To Pursue Microsoft
13. He (Flawlessly) Memorized A 2000-Word Passage From The Book Of Matthew
12. His Mother Was A Corporate Board Member
11. He Got A Near-Perfect Score On His SATs… 1590 Out Of 1600
10. Contrary To Popular Belief, His Is Not A ‘Rags To Riches’ Story
9. He Exploited Software To Get Girls
Well, at least he tried to get girls through software. Because he was the one who wrote the school’s class scheduling system, he had the ability to do whatever he liked with it. Rather than leaving the code in a state as it was intended, he took the liberty of modifying it for his own purposes. He set the class schedule up so that he would be in classes with what he has described as a “disproportionate number of interesting girls”. Yes, even a child genius is driven by the same kind of impulses which affect all teenage boys! There’s no word on whether or not his attempts to surround himself with women were successful at that age, though they certainly were later in life. He met his now wife when she was working for his company. They married in 1994 and are still together, with three children — the same number as his own parents.
8. He Was Arrested… And Actually Had The $1000 Bail Money In His Wallet
7. He Was A Loner
6. He Was Argumentative At School
A lot of people have remarked that Allen and Gates were very different people during their school days, which is why it is a wonder that they became such fast friends. Allen was described as being reserved and shy, but Bill was the opposite. He was feisty and would often get into arguments, even becoming quite combative at times. An example of this was how they would argue about the computer lab at school. Each of them believed that they should be in charge of running it, and would clash over this point. Bill even banned Paul from coming into the computer lab at all at one point! The fact that they resolved their differences and always managed to get along in the end is something we can be thankful for. Without it, they may have devoted their time to rival programs instead of teaming up together, and things would have been very different.
5. He And His Partner Hacked Early Software Glitches
It was at Lakeside School that Bill also first showed his slight propensity for being a troublemaker. Like most intelligent kids, he became bored at school and probably wanted to rebel against authority a bit. At the time, you had to buy time to use computer systems – not every school automatically had one. The local Mothers Club had bought some time for students initially, but later they had to go elsewhere. One of the systems that they used was a PDP-10 which belonged to the Computer Center Corporation. Rather than being satisfied with the time they were allotted, Allen and Gates started to exploit software glitches. These allowed them to gain free computer time from the company. When they were caught, they had their school computer privileges revoked for a whole summer. They were then put on probation and ended up looking for bugs in exchange for time on the computers.
4. He Sold His First Program At Age 15
Although Microsoft was not to come until later, Gates actually sold his first computer program when he was just 15, in 1970. He and Paul had been working on a program that monitored the traffic patterns in Seattle. They called it the Traf-o-Data, which sounds almost like a joke name now because of how dated it is! They did very well off the back of this effort, netting themselves $20,000 between them. It was at this point that they first wanted to create their own software company, but at this time things weren’t so easy. Paul was two years older, after all, and both of their parents wanted them to go on to college instead of quitting school to be businessmen. So, things were delayed until they could both get the chance to work on something a bit more serious. This may have been a good decision, as it gave them time to come up with something very special.
3. His Parents Wanted Him To Be A Lawyer
Since his father was such a successful lawyer, it seems only natural that his parents were keen for Bill to follow in his footsteps. After all, they had all of the right connections to help him to succeed, and he was immersed in the world of law from a young age. That was one of the reasons why he put off starting a business with Allen and enrolled at Harvard University instead. By all accounts, he actually did intend to embark on a law career, just as his parents had wanted for him since he was a child. But he started spending more of his time in the computer lab than in the classroom, and he had a very lackadaisical approach to his studies. This is one of the things that led to him drop out of Harvard in order to pursue Microsoft, something that was a real disappointment to his parents. We doubt that they were disappointed for very long, however, given how quickly Bill became a success – and even richer than he was when he started out.
2. He Wrote Programs For His School
After he was caught exploiting the software glitches by CCC, he went on to help find and eliminate bugs for them, as we have discussed. This led to Information Sciences, Inc. asking him and Allen, as well as two other boys, to write a payroll program. When the school found out what they were up to, they were quick to requisition his services. Bill ended up writing a payroll program for the school as well, which he and Paul hacked into for fun. He also created a computer program which would schedule students into classes, so that teachers no longer had to work it all out by hand. This was a great early success, and it’s the kind of thing that would be almost unheard of today. It just goes to show how advanced he was even at a young age. There’s no wonder he went on to develop something so revolutionary.