Daily Archive: March 8, 2017

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – Bill Gates

 

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“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”

And

“Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.”

And

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

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“If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.”

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“I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.”

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“I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they’re interested in.”

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“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”

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“If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.”

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“At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from the top – I’m afraid that’s not quite right.”

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“I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.”

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“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”

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“Life is not fair; get used to it.”

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“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.”

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“If I’d had some set idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago?”

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“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”

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“Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.”

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“In this business, by the time you realize you’re in trouble, it’s too late to save yourself. Unless you’re running scared all the time, you’re gone.”

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“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.”

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“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”

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“Until we’re educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do.”

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“Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.”

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“People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t they? People feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines… There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear. But with time, people will come to accept their silicon masters.”

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“This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50.”

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“Expectations are a form of first-class truth: If people believe it, it’s true.”

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“I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one. And I’m still fanatical, but now I’m a little less fanatical.”

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“In American math classes, we teach a lot of concepts poorly over many years. In the Asian systems they teach you very few concepts very well over a few years.”

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“Capitalism has worked very well. Anyone who wants to move to North Korea is welcome.”

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“To create a new standard, it takes something that’s not just a little bit different; it takes something that’s really new and really captures people’s imagination — and the Macintosh, of all the machines I’ve ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard.”

Wikipedia:  Bill Gates

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