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Failure is the first step to Success

On a warm summer day, a little boy walked with his father.  Delighted to see a water puddle on the road ahead, he raced only to find it vanish. “Mirage, an optical wonder,” smiled the father.

According to a famous quote, “In order to succeed, you must first be willing to experience failure, left me wondering how apt it was. History reveals of innumerable instances where people could have easily given up because of initial failures, but they decided to continue and succeeded.

JK Rowling, the writer of our favorite Harry Potter series is such one example. Struggling as a single mother and raising her child in absolute poverty, Rowling was living on government welfare when she wrote her first Harry Potter book. The manuscript was rejected 12 times before the final approval came. Today she is one of the richest women in the UK.

Successes and failures are a whole lot like mirages. We visualize success, imagine what it looks like. Sometimes we attain it, but don’t realize we have done so, sometimes we attain it, but quickly move on to attain the next one. We are running towards it when suddenly, failure extends a leg, makes us trip and fall flat on the ground. The Tom and Jerry chase between success and failure goes on.

Secret of this mirage is demystified. In order to succeed, it is important to prepare a fool-proof plan to fail. This way we place the ‘Mirror of Reality’ before our failure plan. Yes, you got it right – you are staring at your best laid-out success plan. You just thought of everything that could have come in your way while you were focused on the outcome of success. You find this surprisingly relaxing, much more than when you are defining success where the fear of failure could make you anxious.

When we are sitting in a room with the lights on, we do not often plan for darkness when the room plunges in darkness, we fumble for a match stick, a source of light, navigational guidance. This is a paradox of success. To chase light, we must plan for darkness. Thus to chase wisdom we must plan ignorance.

It is therefore important to understand that failure is not negative; it is just lessons waiting to be learnt on the pathway to Success.

Bill’s Gate to Trillioniare:

Centuries first ever Trillioniare is none other than Bill Gates. Born, on 28th Oct 1955 to a successful lawyer, he was encouraged from a young age to be competitive.  A Scorpio, suffered with a Diseases & Disabilities Asperger’s Syndrome, Dyslexia.

Grouping of  People Billionaires, College Dropouts, Left Handed, Philanthropists

1975 – Harvard College


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, Corbis, bgC3, Cascade Investment, Microsoft Research, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Net worth $84 Billion

Hobbies Tennis


1992 – National Medal of Technology and Innovation

2013 – Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award

2013 – Bambi – Millennium Award

Bill Gates is an American business magnate and computer programmer who is the co-founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest PC software company. Since the company’s formation in 1975, Gates has held several positions including those of the chairman, CEO and chief software architect. One of the most famous entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution, he has been consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people starting from 1987. Bright and curious, he developed an interest in computers while in school and wrote his first computer program as a young teenager. After completing his schooling, he enrolled at the prestigious Harvard College though he did not stay there long enough to complete his studies. He dropped out to pursue his passion in computers and teamed up with Paul Allen, a former schoolmate, to form Microsoft. The company proved to be highly successful and within years Gates became an internationally known entrepreneur. Currently the wealthiest person in the world, he is a renowned philanthropist who along with his wife has created the charity organization “Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation”. He has also authored and co-authored several books.

Childhood & Early Life

  • Born as William Henry “Bill” Gates III on October 28, 1955, he is the son of William H. Gates, Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates. His father was a prominent lawyer while his mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way. He has two sisters.
  • He studied at the Lakeside School where he developed an interest in computing. He was just 13 when he wrote his first software program on the school’s computer and by the time he was in high school he, along with some of his friends, had computerized their school’s payroll system.
  • His future business collaborator, Paul Allen, was a senior at Lakeside. At the age of 17, Gates teamed up with Allen to form a venture called Traf-O-Data, to make traffic counters based on the Intel 8008 processor.
  • He graduated from high school in 1973. He was a National Merit Scholar and scored 1590 out of 1600 on the SAT. He enrolled at Harvard College later the same year. As a college student he spent a lot of time on the computers though he was not much interested in studying other subjects. His friend Allen suggested that Bill drop out of college to start a business.

Father: William H. Gates, Sr.

Mother : Mary Maxwell Gates

siblings Libby Gates, Kristi Gates

Spouse/Partner: Melinda Gates

children Jennifer Katharine Gates, Phoebe Adele Gates, Rory John Gates

education:1973 – Lakeside School

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