Paths to Success: Five Career Lessons To Learn From Bill Gates

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When Bill Gates and his Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen first envisioned a world in which every home had a computer, the public scoffed. Today, Gates is the world’s richest man, and Microsoft is a household name. Here are five career lessons that you can learn from one of the most influential figures of the Information Age.

Consider the future of your industry.

Gates’s success lay in his engagement in the digital revolution in his early 20s. Decades later, Gates encouraged the graduates of 2017 to also enter fields that would have an impact far into the future; he personally suggested artificial intelligence, energy, and bio-science.

Be detail-oriented.

It may be easier to forego the smaller parts of an assignment, but doing so can lead to sloppiness and mismanagement. During the first five years of Microsoft, Gates left no room for mistakes; he personally reviewed every line of code that the company delivered!

Don’t dwell on success.
Although Gates has been tremendously successful, he recognizes that expectations are forever changing. The important thing, Gates claims, is to be in an industry that is personally fulfilling, regardless of the ups and downs of your career.

Work with people who are different than you.

Gates stresses the need to work with people with different skill sets; he often discusses how his longtime friend, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, gives him invaluable insights on business. Partnerships like the one between Gates and Buffett help both people grow by challenging them to think in new ways.

Plan your work schedule.
Taking the time to plan your work schedule is very helpful in keeping organized. Gates is a stickler for time management, and often asks his friend Steve Ballmer, a former Microsoft CEO, to give him input on his schedule.

Boosting Your Resume Through Charity Work

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Studies have shown that nearly half of all companies considered volunteer work as much as paid work when evaluating candidates. The same studies have shown that more than 50% of all job candidates with volunteer experience left it off their resume. Volunteering is good for the soul, but how exactly can you use it to enhance your resume? These four tips will help guide you:

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Paths To Success: Five Career Lessons To Learn From Janice Bryant Howroyd

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Janice Bryant Howroyd was told by her high school teacher that people of African American heritage were only suited for slavery. She then went on to become the first African American woman to own a billion-dollar company. Here are five career lessons that you can learn from the CEO of the ACT•1 Group, the largest privately-held, woman-owned workforce solutions company to be founded in the United States.

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Paths to Success: Five Career Lessons To Learn From Susan Wojcicki

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When Google’s sixteenth employee, Susan Wojcicki, became pregnant during the company’s early days, many of her coworkers expected her to quit her position as Marketing Manager. Instead, she stayed, oversaw the growth of Google’s advertising division to $50 billion, became the CEO of YouTube, and still finds the time to go home for dinner every night. Here are five career lessons that you can learn from one of the most powerful women in the United States.

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Paths to Success: Five Career Lessons To Learn From Kenneth Chenault

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American Express (Amex) CEO, Kenneth Chenault, is known for scaling the Amex ranks through his savvy business deals, as well as for forgiving millions of dollars in late fees after the 9/11 attacks. Here are five career lessons that you can learn from one of the first African Americans to lead a Fortune 500 company.

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