Friday, 11 January 2008

"Hard Drive" (book) afterthought

This book is about the life of Bill Gates and how he built his Microsoft empire up to the year 1992.

This book detailed Gate's personality, how he came to build Microsoft, and drove it to the top and staying there.  Through this book I was able to see Mr. Gates through a different lens - as a person that has an incredible child-like drive to accomplish his goals while having fun.

The book raises interesting questions like "what is healthy competition", "what is wrong with monopoly", and "how can we create fierce competition while encouraging innovation".

The book was also very inspiring for me as it helped me to understand what "passion" is.  What is passion, really?  How do you know you've got passion for something?  How do you search for it?  How do others search for it?  Sure, Bill might be incredibly smart and somewhat lucky, but it is with his drive and passion that he got so successful.  It is incredible to see him changing the world bit by bit, starting from the ground up, toiling through hard decisions and exercising incredible discipline to execute those decisions.

What about us?  What are we doing to change the world?  What's our reason for not doing something we truly believe?  How much more could we do if we believe we can have an impact?

You can find the link to the book here.

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