Bill Gates Inspir­ing Speech in Har­vard University in June 2007

Bill Gates Inspir­ing Speech in Har­vard University in June 2007Bill Gates deliv­ered a very inspir­ing com­mence­ment speech in Har­vard University in June 2007. I rec­om­mend reading the full speech and learning on his core mes­sage, which may be sum­ma­rized in these snapshot sentences:

“Dad, I always told you I’d come back and get my degree.”I want to thank Harvard for this timely honor. I’ll be changing my job next year … and it will be nice to finally have a college degree on my resume

For my part, I’m just happy that the Crimson has called me “Harvard’s most successful dropout.”

I did the best of everyone who failed. But I also want to be recognized as the guy who got Steve Ballmer to drop out of business school. I’m a bad influence. That’s why I was invited to speak at your graduation. If I had spoken at your orientation, fewer of you might be here today.

One of my biggest memories of Harvard came in January 1975, when I made a call from Currier House to a company in Albuquerque that had begun making the world’s first personal computers. I offered to sell them software .I worried that they would realize I was just a student in a dorm and hang up on me. Instead they said: “We’re not quite ready, come see us in a month,” which was a good thing, because we hadn’t written the software yet. From that moment, I worked day and night on this little extra credit project that marked the end of my college education and the beginning of a remarkable journey with Microsoft.

“And I hope you will come back here to Har­vard 30 years from now and reflect on what you have done with your tal­ent and your energy. I hope you will judge your­selves not on your pro­fes­sional accom­plish­ments alone, but also on how well you have addressed the world’s deep­est inequities  on how well you treated peo­ple a world away who have noth­ing in com­mon with you but their humanity.”

Bill Gate Full Speech at Havard University in June 2007

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