What Bill Gates has to say about Luck

Even the richest man on the planet acknowledges that luck plays a crucial role in his life. During a recent town hall interview at Columbia University Business School hosted by CNBC, Bill Gates was asked by a student to reflect on what role “pure luck” played in his success. Gates responded:

“I was lucky in many ways: I was lucky to be born with certain skills. I was lucky to have parents that created an environment where they shared what they were working on and let me to buy as many books as I wanted to, and I was lucky with timing. The invention of the microprocessor was something profound, and it turned out that only if you were young and you were looking at that could you appreciate what that meant. And I was obsessed with writing software, and it turned out that was the key missing thing that allowed the microprocessor to have this incredible impact. So in timing, in skill set, in some of the people I was lucky enough to meet…it’s unusual to have so much luck in one life, but it’s been a major factor in what I’ve been able to do.”