Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words

Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words

Bill Gates, the founder and former CEO of Microsoft, has been a revered, and occasionally controversial, worldwide business icon for more than three decades.

Recognized by most as an ingenious visionary, and painted by some as a tyrannical, less-than-scrupulous empire builder, Gates has had an unignorable impact on the growth of digital technology in daily life over the past 30 years. Even his sharpest critics have to acknowledge the obvious: Gates helped spearhead one of the greatest revolutions in modern history by seizing on the importance of software to the rise of the personal computer, along the way turning an arcane, specialized technology into a commonplace tool for the office and home.

Gates has long been ranked as one of the world’s wealthiest men--which gave him a name recognition far greater than that of most CEOs--and businesspeople of all stripes have looked to him as a role model, using his words and business strategies to help create, inspire, and grow their own companies. After he stopped running Microsoft's day-to-day operations in 2008 to devote himself full-time to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a kinder, gentler Gates began to emerge. As a result, people actively involved in the philanthropic world, whether in professional, part-time, or personal capacities, began to develop a new appreciation for the man.

Bill Gates’s second act is no less compelling than his first. And whether you’re interested in his personal life or looking for inspiration to drive you forward in your own business endeavors, Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words has much to offer. As the tech giants who distinguished the turn of the 21st century shape public life in ways that outstrip the efforts of the previous century's titans of industry, we look to figures like Gates for inspiration as one of America's greatest business icons. This book will surely feed the world's curiosity about one of the most important leaders of the digital age.

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  • The book it is full of quotes (only quotes) of Bill Gates, written in order of his timeline . I found the concept of writing a biography with only quotes he said during those life events amusing and r...

  • I bought it for Kobo without realizing that it is all quotes from Bill Gates. That said, I think it gives perhaps more insight into his personality than a regular biography would. It's an interesting ...

  • When I started reading this book, I was a bit disappointed only to find quotes by the famous American business magnate-turned author & philanthropist. However after persisting through first few pages,...

  • I see reviews of this book and I think what most of them have missed is essence of this book.I see people criticizing that it's just bunch of his quotes.That doesn't justify the book.Now let me tell y...

  • Nice compilation of his thoughts, word or quote to showcase his vision.....

  • "Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose."At least this book told me the way Bill Gates thinks....

  • Not what I was expecting, just a bunch of quotes from Bill Gates. Didn't finish....

  • I bought this book online, and for the first time I experienced the drawback of not being able to "touch & feel" the product before buying it. Here is what I expected: A book on not necessarily best b...

  • Meh.It's as if Lisa started off with her research to write a book on Bill Gates, google'd 'Bill Gates', scanned thru the results, and compiled notes of useful bits of what was reported... and then had...

  • Well, frankly speaking, I had a lot of expectations from this book. I thought it can show me the different sides of the genius and how his mind works. Instead, the book was far from meeting my expecta...

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