If it wasn’t for Bill Gates, you probably wouldn’t have that awesome computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone at home. Despite being one of the richest and most innovative tech giants of our time, however, billionaire Bill Gates was once just another college kid thinking about starting a career in computer technology—just like you. So if you are interested in starting your IT career, why not take some advice from the man himself?

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Don’t think that just because you didn’t do well at school, you won’t do well in the computer industry:

“I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft”

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Remember that a weakness can also be a strength:

“I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job… because, he will find an easy way to do it”

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Becoming a good programmer takes time (so don’t get impatient or discouraged):

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”

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Rest assured that the technology industry is an exciting and inspirational profession to go into:

“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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First and foremost, you should start with a love for working with computers:

“Paul and I, we never thought that we would make much money out of the thing. We just loved writing software.”

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In the tech industry, you will always have to keep on learning:

“I like my job because it involves learning. I like being around smart people who are trying to figure out new things. I like the fact that if people really try they can figure out how to invent things that actually have an impact.”

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There is still a lot of room for innovation:

“We are not even close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be.”

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You just need a good idea and you’ll be able to make it big:

“If you show people the problems and you show people the solutions they will be moved to act.”

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And never be afraid of being a bit of a nerd:

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

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