Born in Seattle, Washington, Gates at 13 was enrolled in the Lakeside School, Seattle. The Mothers Club at the school used proceeds from the school’s rummage sale to buy an ASR-33 teletype terminal and a block of computer time on a General Electric (GE) computer for its students. Driven by passion, Gates made the school’s computer room his living room. Additionally, he had made certain critical choices which included skipping athletics and other youth centric activities for, making and hanging out with friends or people with like mind, popular amongst whom are Paul Allen, Ric Weiland, Kent Evans etc. In 1973, Gates started studying at Harvard University where he reconnected with his childhood friend Paul Allen. Gates and Allen worked on a version of the programming language BASIC that was the basis for the MITS Altair (the first microcomputer available). At the rather young age of about 18, Gates was to make an even greater choice: faced with the parental obligation to graduate from Harvard or pursue his live-long passion. As is history now, he settled for the latter, dropping out of the prestigious university. The result of his great decision was the birth of Microsoft Inc., in 1975, a company which has grown to becoming the largest computer software company in the world. This goes to emphasize the importance of choices. Having considered this Gates example, the principal lesson is – I believe; the fact that Gates made his choice early in life and with discipline, passion, commitment, he was able to follow through to the end to become the living legend that he is today.
This diverse Strathclyde Business School MBA class cohort Eibhinn (2013/2014) has been carefully sorted and put together with great talents from around the world – each person with his own unique strength; as such, there are a lot of invaluable things we can learn and unlearn from each other – from cultural tolerance to language tolerance to effective communication & collaboration. We should not take this for granted.
It is important that we are aware of these “values” because although we would all by obligation leave with an MBA degree; it is these values which we have learned, it is these “soft” skills that would further help refine our character, create future opportunities for us and effectively make us better ambassadors of SBS. The choices we make today will determine what we become tomorrow. As we have started this MBA class, we need to ensure that we make the right choices and constantly make the best use of the opportunities we have been given.