Bill Gates of Microsoft is the richest man in the world, and I think he did it, because he set EGO aside, brought in the best and the brightest to work for him, and the rest is history!
Ego: For those people around the world, who may not be familiar with this word, I will define it for your.
Ego; (definition); describes the view that a person has of himself/herself; An example of ego is thinking you are the smartest person in the world.
Bill Gates is not a college graduate. I think he dropped out after one semister. So, how can a college drop-out become the richest man in the world? I think Bill Gates has two important elements or qualities, that made him successful;
1) An open mind to change for the better.
2) Setting ego aside. Bill Gates is a smart man...we all know that, but he set ego aside, and recruited the best minds he could find from the best schools in the land. Some of these people are probably smarter than he is, but that's okay. Smart people have great ideas...and since ideas connot be copyrighted, Bill Gates paid these people handsomely, and got idea after idea, and went with most of them. The people working a Microsoft, got paid well and bonuses for their ideas...and the company became more and more successful....just like a snowball rolling down the mountain. The rest is history...as it all started with the IDEAS of others...
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Earlier, I said I thought I am a good idea person, and the reader will make that judgement, when they see my work, which can be seen at the following;
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For over a decade or so, I have been laid off from six jobs, and I was a termproary employee longer than I would like to think. Because of this, I have worked at over 25 companies in the city. During this time, I have seen some great ideas by the employees on how to do their jobs and become more efficient. I have also seen some rotten work places and rotten idea programs.
One day, I got a call from the Temp Agency, that they had a job for me at one of the local banks, in the file room. Since I know how to file, I took the job, because it was a Temp-to-Hire position, and I needed a regular job. When I started, the supervisor told me, that if I had good attendance and was fast with my hands, she would hire me after the 90 day requirement.
The File Vault was way behind, because of a manufacturing delay on file cabinets...and therefore there were files stacked all over the floors, etc. I had never worked in a bank before, and there were over 300,000 files in this place. We got over 1,000 loans from Texas alone...and about 2,000 a week from neighboring states. Amazing! After working there a short time, I could see why banks are so rich! Can you imagine the interest rate on over 300,000 mortgages, and titles for vehicles, etc.
After three months, I was hired as promised...and sadly, the situation in the File Vault was pretty much the same. The new file boxes came in, but we were still as far behind as we ever were, and it was starting to cause tensions among employees. Six months went by with not much change, as there file boxes stacked and scattered all over the File room, etc.
There were about 7 people in the File room, and as time went on, we were all getting in trouble, because we could not make our quota for the day. Because this mess had backed-up for months, we needed the help of temps or open over-time, so we could get caught up, etc.
I put on my idea hat, and I came up with two ideas, that could help us catch up, and before I submitted them to the Supervisor and the section Manager, I discussed them with a few of the fellow-employees. They all liked my ideas, that thought they could help us to catch up. So, I submitted the ideas (in writing) to the Supervisor and the Manger.
Both were rejected! I was furious when this happened, for the ideas would cost little money, and would help us catch up. I think the reason why the ideas were rejected, was because I think the Supervisor and Manager, didn't want to admit that there was anything wrong! There were boxes of files stacked down the main wall; in between cabinets; and there were even loose files laying around on the cabinets, etc. A real mess!
All these documents don't belong to the bank...they belong to the customers who have mortgages and titles with the bank. Banks and real estate have a fiduciary responsibility to take care of customer's documents. As I saw for months, this wasn't happening!
For years, even before I went to work at the bank, I thought of being a creative consultant in my later years. But, after I worked at over 25 companies and worked for over 7 months at the bank...I said no way...Jose! I would never try to do this...in other try to solve people's problems...this would affect my health, as the problems would be with me 24 hours a day...7 days a week.
It's one thing to create an idea...it's quite another thing to sell it...
One Monday morning, I went to work as usual, and I turned in my badge to the Supervisor and walked out! I couldn't do this anymore, to see the reckless handling of the people's documents.
In 2012, I am 67 years young...and I have never thought of being a creative consultant...and that decision came from working at that bank for over seven months! The ideas I get...I just use for my own work, etc.
And, this is why I think over 90% of small businesses fail...the owners think they know everything, and can't set their egos aside...
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