Feb
06
2009

How I Met Bill Gates

Ten years ago, I wrote to Microsoft and asked for an interview with Bill Gates. They sent me a rejection letter that said, “Bill really appreciates your interest in his perspectives on what it takes to succeed, but he regretfully must decline.” It was such a nice letter, I wasn’t even discouraged. I thought, “I’ll just keep doing my research and maybe some day I’ll get to talk to Bill.”

Well, that day was today. At the TED conference, I walked around a corner and stumbled into Bill Gates. I went up to him and introduced myself, we chatted for a while, and I told him about our 8 To Be Great Educational Program for colleges.

Then I said, “Would you like a copy of my book, 8 To Be Great?” But, as the words came out, I noticed he had no briefcase or bag to carry a book. So, what did I do? I stupidly tried to talk one of the world’s most influential people out of taking my book!  I said, “Well, maybe it’s too hard for you to carry.” Bill said, “How big is it?” I said, “It’s small,” and dug into my backpack for a book. He took it, looked at it, and said, “Thank you! I’ll read it.” And he was very sincere.

A few hours later, a man came up to me and said, “I just saw Bill Gates, and he was carrying your book under his arm.” Needless to say, it made my day. But not because it’s “my” book. Because it might help get the content out to more young people who are struggling, and give them a boost in life.

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  • http://freshperspectives.typepad.com/fresh_perspectives/ Mike Sporer

    Persistence, Richard! I watched his talk and passed it to every educator I know. Enjoy TED………

  • http://freshperspectives.typepad.com/fresh_perspectives/ Mike Sporer

    Persistence, Richard! I watched his talk and passed it to every educator I know. Enjoy TED………

  • http://cssace.com/ R.Bhavesh

    wow richard, thats really good to know, bill gates carrying one’s book. But guess what? you really did a favor to bill gates in case he is not happy :) .

  • http://cssace.com/ R.Bhavesh

    wow richard, thats really good to know, bill gates carrying one’s book. But guess what? you really did a favor to bill gates in case he is not happy :) .

  • Ibrahim Abubakar muhammad

    Dear sir, i hereby apply for job under your respective company. I am Nigerian,i born in 1969 and i finished my studies Diploma in shari’a and civil law.since the time i finished my school, i applys job but i never get,so that i decided to send my application to your company to assit me,becouse i have orphans those i take their responsible. I hope my application would be considered. Yours faithfully.ibrahim Abubakar muhammad

  • jamshaid arshad

    Dear sir iam pakistani and you know we are very talented so i want a job in your company i don,t know anything about software i think its not a problem i learn to you so dear sir please learn me and give me a job in your company if u do this this is pleasure i like you very much as a teacher 

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