Bill Gates opened up about going to school as a teenager on the Unconfuse Me podcast last week. The 67-year-old billionaire said he did not find joy in math when he was in school.
One of his 8th grade teachers once said, ‘Why are you so lazy? I can be really good at it’. At that time, he replied that doing math was not interesting.
Then the teacher gave and asked Bill Gates to read more books with the reason that it would help him improve. Bill Gates said: “He thought I was wasting my time and it changed my opinion about learning. I used to think that the less effort you put in, the cooler you are.”
Biography of Bill Gates also shows that, when he was just in school, he always withdrew from everyone and felt bored. His parents even took him to a psychiatrist because they were worried that their child would become a loner.
At the age of 13, Bill Gates attended Lakeside School, one of the best private schools in America at that time. In 8th grade, he became interested in programming. Most of his time at school was spent on computers, but he still got good grades in most subjects.
The education of Bill Gates is also one of the topics that many people are interested in. In 1975, he dropped out of Harvard University to join Paul Allen to found Microsoft. He shared that school offers a great experience, but he decided to drop out at that time because he was afraid of missing the opportunity to be a part of the computer revolution then.
However, Bill Gates advises students to complete four years of college to get the best results, not to follow their example.
In the new podcast, Gates also shares a time when Microsoft was just founded, he had to work hard. In his 30s and 40s, he still worked hard while his colleagues slept because he thought sleeping a lot was lazy and unnecessary.
When he retired, the new billionaire focused more on personal health and education-related issues.