Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words

Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words

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by Lisa Rogak
     
 

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Bill Gates, the founder and former CEO of Microsoft, has been a revered, and occasionally controversial, worldwide business icon for more than three decades.

Recognized by most as an ingenious visionary, and painted by some as a tyrannical, less-than-scrupulous empire builder, Gates has had an unignorable impact on the growth of digital technology in daily life

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Bill Gates, the founder and former CEO of Microsoft, has been a revered, and occasionally controversial, worldwide business icon for more than three decades.

Recognized by most as an ingenious visionary, and painted by some as a tyrannical, less-than-scrupulous empire builder, Gates has had an unignorable impact on the growth of digital technology in daily life over the past 30 years. Even his sharpest critics have to acknowledge the obvious: Gates helped spearhead one of the greatest revolutions in modern history by seizing on the importance of software to the rise of the personal computer, along the way turning an arcane, specialized technology into a commonplace tool for the office and home.

Gates has long been ranked as one of the world’s wealthiest men--which gave him a name recognition far greater than that of most CEOs--and businesspeople of all stripes have looked to him as a role model, using his words and business strategies to help create, inspire, and grow their own companies. After he stopped running Microsoft's day-to-day operations in 2008 to devote himself full-time to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a kinder, gentler Gates began to emerge. As a result, people actively involved in the philanthropic world, whether in professional, part-time, or personal capacities, began to develop a new appreciation for the man.

Bill Gates’s second act is no less compelling than his first. And whether you’re interested in his personal life or looking for inspiration to drive you forward in your own business endeavors, Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words has much to offer. As the tech giants who distinguished the turn of the 21st century shape public life in ways that outstrip the efforts of the previous century's titans of industry, we look to figures like Gates for inspiration as one of America's greatest business icons. This book will surely feed the world's curiosity about one of the most important leaders of the digital age.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for IMPATIENT OPTIMIST: BILL GATES IN HIS OWN WORDS

"Editor Lisa Rogak...has compiled sound bites from Chairman Bill by topic, from A (acquiring other companies) to W (working with his wife). The result is like eating salted peanuts: Once you start reading, it's hard to stop." - Anne Fisher, CNN Money

"Strategy Driven contributors appreciated the layout of Impatient Optimist, the organization of quotes around meaningful topic areas, the dating of each quote, and Bill Gates' life story timeline provided at the end of the book." - Strategy Driven

Praise for Agate B2's New York Times Best-Selling Series, IN THEIR OWN WORDS:

"[I, Steve] is the same treatment given such luminaries as Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and Christopher Hitchens and offers Jobs's views on life, death, technology and design, among other topics.” — Timothy R. Smith, The Washington Post

"A new book revealing many of Steve Jobs' most illuminating quotes..." — Lance Whitney, CNET

"A 160-page collection of quotes from the most iconic product pitchman since P.T. Barnum." — Ben Popper, The New York Observer BetaBeat blog

"A much better Jobs product is coming soon. It’ll entertain you for hours, and no — it is not a Jobs-branded iPad or anything similarly high-tech. It is, friends, an old-fashioned book!" — Hillary Reinsberg, Mogulite

"Inspirational reading pleasure." — Courtney Boyd Myers, The Next Web

"The kind of book that you read, think about, and then pass on to a friend or colleague...I learned a lot about Jobs’ thinking process." — Allen Stern, CenterNetworks

"[Boy Billionaire] reveals the intimate thoughts and beliefs of the man who has arguably created one of the world's largest companies…and who is also one of the world's greatest social connectors." - Strategy Driven

"A short work to be dipped into for nuggets of business (or law firm) wisdom..." — Michael Roach, Law Technology News

Praise for Lisa Rogak's previous title AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTHINESS:

"A conversational, multiperspective account of his life....This is the first major biography of Colbert and one fans will appreciate." —Library Journal

"Ms. Rogak’s method of introducing Colbert the Person and Colbert the Character is near faultless....This biography could have easily been titled The Tale of Two Colberts; however, Colbert’s signature 'truthiness' seems to befit the style and enjoyment Ms. Rogak obviously had writing And Nothing But the Truthiness." —New York Journal of Books

"As close to a bio of the man — rather than the persona who hosts 'The Colbert Report' — that we'll see anytime soon." —New York Daily News

Praise for Lisa Rogak's previous book HAUNTED HEART: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF STEPHEN KING:

“Haunted Heart is a thoroughly respectful overview of King’s life, and a great starter biography for new fans.” —The Boston Globe

“Rogak...has pieced together King’s sometimes erratic life scrupulously into a clean, swift read.” —The Times (UK)

Praise for Lisa Rogak's previous title A BOY NAMED SHEL: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SHEL SILVERSTEIN:

“An authoritative and accessible biography, absorbing from cover to cover.” —Library Journal

“A tribute to the unusual life of an extraordinary man.” —The Daily Texan

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932841718
Publisher:
Agate
Publication date:
08/21/2012
Series:
In Their Own Words
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
518,791
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 4.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author


Lisa Rogak is the New York Times best-selling author of more than 40 books and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. Her books have been published in more than two dozen languages and are widely covered by book industry writers and in off-the-book-page media. She lives in Berkeley, CA.

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Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
67 pages of his quotes...
NathanIves More than 1 year ago
Impatient Optimist edited by Lisa Rogak reveals Bill Gates’ core beliefs about business in a way no other author has been able to achieve… because these insights come directly from Bill Gates himself. Lisa’s book systematically covers a wide range of topics from ‘Addiction to Technology’ to ‘Relinquishing Control’, from ‘Streamlining Business Processes’ to ‘His Work Habits’, and ‘Hiring Employees’ to ‘Managing Employees’. Throughout Impatient Optimist, three predominate themes are revealed: - the need to identify and understand any proposition’s return on investment - the value of maintaining the ‘big picture,’ and - the importance of family and of achieving an appropriate work-life balance. I like Impatient Optimist because it reveals the intimate thoughts and beliefs of the man who is arguably the most successful business leader of all time but who is also one of the world’s greatest philanthropists. Many of Bill Gates’ approaches align well with the principles and philosophies I recommend business leaders adopt to further their organization’s success. While I recognize some may disagree with Bill Gates’ approach to certain circumstances – and on occasion I do too – all agree he is one of the great business leaders who continues to shape our modern world. I appreciated the layout of Impatient Optimist, the organization of quotes around meaningful topic areas, the dating of each quote, and Bill Gates’ life story timeline provided at the end of the book. I found that knowing the setting and circumstances of the Bill Gates’ quotes provided insightful context from which to interpret them. As such, I recommend first-time readers review the ‘Milestones’ timeline presented at the end of the book first and refer to it often when reading individual quotes. For it’s intimate portrayal of an American entrepreneurial icon, Impatient Optimist is a StrategyDriven recommended read. All the Best, Nathan Ives StrategyDriven Principal
Anonymous More than 1 year ago