Billionaires: How Corporations Are Defining Work Structures And Keeping Alive The American Dream
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One should not be afraid of having those dreams that others don’t even dare to have. Bill Gates and Janice Howroyd used their intelligence and combined their hard work with it for getting the excellent place in the list of businessperson of this world. They worked hard for achieving that was something unique for others and is now inspiring the youngsters.
William Bill Gates:
"To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks."
William Bill Gates was born on 28th October 1955 in American. He is one of the acknowledged businessman of the world, not only he is running a business but is an author, inventor, humanitarian, philanthropist and the founder of Microsoft Corporation and hold the title of single shareholder of this corporation till May 2014. His father was a famous lawyer, and his mother was one of the broad of directors of First Interstate BancSystem and United Way. He also has two sisters as well.
Bill Gates was very fond of reading books since his childhood, and he was a bright student since his early education. He started his education at the Lakeside School and was very interested in computer programing. He made his first computer software program there in this school on one of his school’s computer at the age of thirteen by taking the help of few of his friends and helped his school in computerizing payrolls for the school. He was one of the National Merit scholars. He applied in Harvard for following the footsteps of his father for becoming a professor of Mathematics. Gates learned how to do programming, and in the university, he studied a lot for making software for BASIC Altair. When he gave SAT for enrollment in Harvard, he scored 1590 out of 1600 score. He dropped Harvard as he wanted to give full time to his idea of making Microsoft with his future collaborator Paul Allen, who was his senior at Lakeside and 17 years they both were teamed up for making venture known as Traf-O-Data that was based on the Intel 8008 processor and it was the point with which Microsoft started.
His real name was Henry Edward, who is better known as Ed Robert, was an American entrepreneur and medical doctor who in the history for the very first time made a personal computer in the year 1975. Ed Roberts was a Microsoft developer and developed by marketing MITS Altair 8800 in the 1970s. This kit that he made was build-it-self, was used to be operated by using switching, but it had no display screen. This work of Ed Robert inspired Gates and his childhood friend Paul Allen for building the foundation of Microsoft. They saw an article about MITS in the Popular Mechanics. Once Ed Roberts made efforts for bringing a personal computer that he pursued out of ambition. After making this computer, he came to be known as “the father of the personal computer." He made many things that were quite surprising for people. He made Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry System (MITS), but he first made his successful product and electronic calculator kit.
Robert was interested in electronics and built a number of the small relay-based computer when he was in his school. Though making instruments of electronic was not his passion rather medicine was his real passion. He took admission at Miami with the intention of becoming a doctor and he was the very first person from his family who went to college for higher education. When Bill Gates got to know about Robert and read about his achievements in the field of electronics, he was so impressed that he decided to follow him. Robert became a source of inspiration for Bill Gates and inculcated in him the passion of exploring new ways in the world of Microsoft and computer. One thing that inspired Bill Gates the most about Roberts, is that he despite being a doctor, contributed a lot to the world of the computer (Andrews,et,al,2000). Both Bill Gates and Paul Allen saw the Altair computer on the cover of the Popular Electronics. They worked on software for the Earlier Intel 8008 microprocessor and the way they worked on the next version and they knew that their software is capable of working on Intel 8008 and were viewing that it would operate the BASIC. The Altair was just like a slim laptop that was operated by switch. One of the main differences between today's laptop and Altair is that it had no display screen on it.
First- Business Venture:
Bill Gates after being inspired by Ed Robert and making the software dropped his university for creating a bright future in the world of software called MITS who is the world's first makers of personal computer. He made an offer to them that he could develop software for their company (MITS Altair). This is a reality that when Bill Gates along with his friend Paul Allen called MITS, they had nothing to show but when this company of the microcomputer gave them a green signal that they wanted to see their software, they both started working day and night in the computer lab of Harvard and there they made the software for MITS. There was no Altair in Harvard for testing their software, so Paul flew to Albuquerque for testing it. Both Gates and Allen were not sure whether their software would work or not. But it worked and that was the point where Bill Gates left Harvard and flew to join Paul and officially started Microsoft there. This was the point when he took his passion of making software as his profession and started making software for computers and brought a revolution in the computer industry and step by step he began advanced towards the foundation of Microsoft.
Janice Bryant Howroyd:
"Whatever you do in life, do enough to bless someone besides yourself."
Janice Bryant Howroyd was born on 1st September 1952 who is the educator, ambassador, author, mentor, businesswoman and Chief Executive Officer of ACT-1 Group. ACT-1 Group is one of the privately held workforce solutions company that is owned by a woman in U.S.
Janice was one of the eleven children in her family and had many hardships while getting education. She remained determined for getting education despite all the obstacles during her high-level schooling. She was broken by the behavior and words of one of her school teacher who criticize her for being the African. She begged her father to let her switch her school. Her father left the decision on her and she decided to return. She performed exceptionally good and earned the full scholarship of North Carolina A&T State University. She did her bachelors in English from this university. She did her doctorate from the same university in humanities. She after finishing her studies went to Los Angeles and remained there where she started working with her brother in law. After doing her doctorate in humanitarian, she started building her business from the two principles of the humanitarian. Because of her degree in humanities, she began working for humanity.
Janice Bryant Howroyd had an unpleasant experience when she was there in her school that broke her, but after getting counseling from her parents, she came back with a new spirit of achieving something great in her life. She was sent to a school where there were all white students. One of her teachers has badly discouraged her and said that Blacks are meant for being slaves. Her teacher discouraged her for being African and demotivated her. She was so broken by hearing the words of her teacher that she asked her father that she wanted to change her school as she is feeling not comfortable going to the same school where was has been criticized for being African. But her father left the decision on her and asked that it is entirely upon her that if she wants to change her school, she can, but advised her to go there and prove herself. She returned to that school and worked so hard that she got distinction there. This discouragement proved one of the significant motivation or mentor for pushing her to achieve a higher place in the world.
She got a doctorate in humanitarian and today she has proved herself in front of the world and has become one of the most influential African women of the world. She is the only African lady who has achieved such great success in this world. She is making billions from her business that she started by borrowing only $900 from her mother and her mother gave her $1500. From that money she started a small business that is generating billions in net sales now a day (Edwards,et,al,1998). Her teacher has been proved as one of the main inspiration for her who inspired her for securing the place that most of the women even cannot dream of. But this inspiration was enough for pushing her to become a support system for millions of people. Today she is in the list of one of the wealthiest self-made women in the United States and according to the latest stats of Forbes, her company ACT-1 Group has made $420 million. Because of this inspiration, she started a business and today is making a lot from nothing. She is the CEO of the company that is a global leader in the industry of the global human resources that got specialization on providing partnering to those firms that are optimizing human resource talent management.
After completing her studies of Humanities and English at the North Carolina A&T, She was shocked to see the cultural difference when she moved to her sister in Los Anglos in 1976 having just $900 in her hand. She first started helping her brother in law, who provided her with her first job at Billboard and there he saw in her entrepreneurial talent while meeting clients. It was the time that motivated her to have her business and this was the point when she realized that she loves to look at a problem, break that problem into parts, start finding better potential ideas of knowing what should be eliminated from there. This was the turning point as even without having a fax machine she opened her office in Beverly Hills in 1978 and started providing workers to the companies needing workers and it is considered that the pleased clients were her backbone advertisement.
It could be concluded that both Bill Gates and Janice Howroyd, broke the conventional ways of success and did something usual and they are not only making money for themselves but they are helping people too, from all over the world. Specifically there are helping students so that they could also make their future bright. They both have changed the whole face of the business industry of America and are generating maximum revenue for U.S. They have inspired people for working hard so that they could change the conventional thinking of the society and could play a significant part in making life of people better. They both are playing a crucial role in keeping the dreams of America alive.
Andrews, Paul. How the Web was won: how Bill Gates and his Internet idealists transformed the Microsoft Empire. Broadway Books, 2000.
Edwards, A. "How I did it: Janice Bryant Howroyd Act I Personnel Services." Essence 28.11 (1998): 52-52.
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