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The face of Microsoft and a man now worth $92.3 billion, Bill Gates has a lot to teach us about hard work, success, kindness, unkindness, ruthlessness, tenacity, intelligence, and philanthropy - more so than might be apparent from looking at the easygoing, oft-smiling Gates. For under that geeky and very unintimidating exterior lies a cunning businessman, a cutthroat competitor, and an arrogant genius set on doing anything for success. Now, while Apple may be ahead of Microsoft in valuation and popularity, and even though Windows phones aren't winning any Global Mobile Awards in the “Best Device” category, Gates has left quite an impression on the tech world and consumers alike - even for those who are diehard iOS or Android users, the types who favor Macs over PCs, and the now more numerous quantities of people who favor Chrome or Firefox over the now meme-worthy Internet Explorer. 

So, why write this? Bill Gates hasn't been the CEO of Microsoft for years and the chairman for more than four. He is very active in philanthropy, but at this point, he has largely embraced retirement over working. And who can blame the guy? He could have retired years ago, but he chose to keep working on fortifying his technological empire as well as devoting more time to charity work. Again, if anyone deserves full retirement, it is Bill Gates. But now that Gates has taken a lesser role and has transitioned away from the spotlight, it's as good a time as any to commemorate all that he has accomplished, and what lessons he can teach us about success and a life well lived. Now is as good a time as any to try and understand how a geeky kid (said with the utmost respect) from Seattle became such an ambitious and bold revolutionary in the tech world. I will do so by pointing out a few facets that I think are the most important parts of Gates' career and personality.

©2018 Eric Mortimer (P)2018 Eric Mortimer

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The Geeks rule.

An interesting overview of one of the giants in the Tech World.

In a short Audio Book you can learn a great deal about an individual who was a major player in the Business World.

The Narrator gave a good performance.



This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.


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The real Bill..

Very accurate depiction of the good & bad side of Bill Gates and the tech world he dominated. More than just a bio this book dives into the feud between Gates and Jobs, his personal life, and the cutthroat world of technology. Kevin Theis does an outstanding job narrating this fascinating mogoual's life. I was given a free copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily decided to leave this review.

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  • 05-25-19

Bill Gates’ Rules for Success

This audiobook offers listeners a concise summary of how Bill Gates came to be such a monumental success through the technology sector. In addition, the author outlines the “rules” that Bill Gates followed along the way (note: they are not the ones found on the Internet that were falsely attributed to Bill Gates). Examples of these “rules” include a relentless desire to learn, a ceaseless work ethic, etc. Presumably, if we learn and follows these rules, we too will become wealthy and successful. The author also gives the strategy behind each rule, along with how each strategy leads to success.

This book largely focuses on Gates’ Microsoft timeframe, and only superficially addresses Gates’ philanthropic endeavors. I wish the author had covered this aspect of Gates’ life in greater detail.

Kevin Theis does a good job narrating. He spoke clearly and his pace was good.

Overall, this is a good audiobook on how Bill Gates became successful and the steps each of us can take to become more like Bill Gates.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

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No Real Rules...

I listened to this book on my way to work this morning and I guess I was excepting more than what I could have gotten just by looking him up on Wikipedia. I felt like there was so much more that could have been added to make this book more complete...for example: his home life, who his mentors were/are, more of his philanthropy....there are many avenues that could have been shared.

I have listened to several books by Kevin Theis and normally enjoy his work, however, this book it was almost as if he was shouting and I could picture him wagging his finger at me.



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Lessons to live by

I was curious who Eric Mortimer was going to sum up the life of Bill Gates in a one-hour audiobook. I mean, there are lots of full-length books out there, so I wondered if there was something more that could be added to that cannon.

This book was a pleasant surprise. Mortimer gives a quick summary of how Gates rose to the pinnacle of success, then breaks down rules people can live by to make themselves more like Bill Gates. But not just Gates the public persona. Gates the successful business man. Gates the ruthless tycoon. Gates the philanthropist.

So, I sat back and listened to the ‘Rules for success’.

The two points I found most relatable where the fact Bill Gates is endlessly curious and how he has dedicated his life after he retired to philanthropy.

Gates’ sense of wonder is boundless. He questions, he strives to make things better, he asks questions. Gates used to work in long, marathon sessions and although he has slowed down, his reading list is just as long.

I was also curious about Gates’ philanthropy. I have, of course, heard of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and am familiar with some of their good deeds, and I wish this book had been more specific about the goals and practical steps it takes to improve the lives of those less fortunate.

Kevin Theis is a good narrator, but I found his performance over-the-top. Now, this is just how I felt – but, to me, he was speaking so forcefully it felt like he was shouting. I truly appreciate narrators who are enthusiastic, but this is one of the times when it was just a bit over-the-top.

Overall, it is a good short book about how someone can become more like Bill Gates and because of the number of rules, each listener can select the ones that most apply to them

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Bill Gates

Good information on Bill Gates. A lot a did know already growing up in an IBM household, some I didn't. Was a quick, interesting read. And, I really loved the inclusion of his blog where Bill Gates posts his reviews on the books her reads. Immediately found some interesting ones.

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Relies heavily on supposition

In 'Bill Gates’ Rules for Success: How to Become Unstoppable in Business and Life' author Eric Mortimer gives a non-sequential review of Bill Gates’ life and then drawing conclusions and rules for business based on that. While the rules seem reasonable, some also feel generic or to have rather tenuous links to Gates’ life. The events in Gates’ life are descriptive, but to then taken them as prescriptive of how you also should live if you want to be successful is potentially a bridge too far. It also has a ‘survivors fallacy’ feel to it.

Going further, I feel like it takes one aspect of Bill Gates and make it a larger thing that it is. The book opens rather awkwardly, stating how Gates “dances awkwardly to Rolling Stones’ Start Me Up at launch parties.”. This is something he has done once (for the windows 95 launch) but it is phrased as if this is something that he always does and is intrinsic to who he is.

The book also frequently references the movie ‘Pirates of Silicon Valley’. While it acknowledges that ‘Pirates of Silicon Valley’ is a fictional account, the multiple references and uses of it makes it feel like Eric Mortimer is using it as a basis for fact. In the movie Bill does X, therefore we can get rule Y from it.

There is good to be gleaned from this book, but take it with a grain of salt.

Narration by Kevin Theis is okay. It’s well paced and clear, but he makes everything sound energetic and immediate. There is little nuance to the reading and Everything! Is! Important! And when everything is presented in this way it becomes much harder to work out where the important statements are and which is just supporting information to the important statements.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this review voluntarily.

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  • 10-02-18

meh

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I find I'm having a difficult time quantifying how I feel about this book. It seems a bit forced to me. On one hand, I DID find it interesting. The issue I'm having is the "rules" the book is supposed to be about are kind silly, high-level things contrived from things like Pirates of Silicone Valley (which is based on a true story, but still fiction). To me, this greatly weakens the author's premise and makes it difficult to take seriously.