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Entrepreneur Bill Gates founded the world’s largest software business, Microsoft, with Paul Allen, and subsequently became one of the richest men in the world. Born on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington, Gates began to show an interest in computer programming at age 13. In 1975, Gates dropped out of Harvard to co-found Microsoft Corp. with Paul Allen. Twelve years later, when he was just 31 years old, he became the youngest billionaire in the world.

Through technological innovation, keen business strategy and aggressive business tactics, he and partner Paul Allen built the world’s largest software business, Microsoft. Microsoft is now the largest software company on the planet. In February 2014, Gates announced that he was stepping down as Microsoft’s chairman.

Here are 17 of the most smartest things that Bill gates ever said.

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1. Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.

2. I have been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improving the human condition.

3. If I’d had some set idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago?

4. I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.

5. If geek means you’re willing to study things, and if you think science and engineering matter, I plead guilty. If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble.

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6. Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.

7. Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.

8. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping – they called it opportunity.

9. If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

10. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

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11. As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.

12. It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.

13. This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50.

14. If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.

15. We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.

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16. I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.

17. In three years, every product my company makes will be obsolete. The only question is whether we will make them obsolete or somebody else will.