While pondering the correlation between intelligence and success, a list of successful people deserve recognition. Only one person, however, can be the wealthiest individual in the United States of America. That individual is none other than William Henry “Bill” Gates III (Khan, “Gates, Bill 1955-“). Gates, a prosperous entrepreneur and technology mogul, has demonstrated both practical and IQ intelligence through both his experiences and successes in life. Gates’ upbringing and childhood accomplishments along with his professional achievements and fierce personality all contribute to his outlier status in American society. Gates, born in 1955, was one of three children of William Henry Gates II and Mary Gates. Due to his father being an attorney and mother holding multiple key positions, most notable of which being chairwoman of United Way International, Gates benefitted greatly from the successes of his parents (“Gates, Bill 1955-“). In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell discusses the difference between practical and IQ intelligence and how different family structures result in the development of practical intelligence in a young child. The triumphs of his parents almost assuredly led to the development of both the confidence and entitlement required to become an outlier in American society. By the age of 13, when most children are playing outside with their friends, Gates had begun programming computers (“Gates, Bill 1955-“). His IQ intelligence led to his acceptance at Harvard
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In “Blue Collar Brilliance,” the author, Mike Rose, challenges the assertion that intelligence and ability is measured by the amount of education one completes through his personal experiences, observations, and beliefs. In doing so, Rose suggests that blue collar workers actually require more intellect than assumed.
Bill Gates (William Henry Gates III) was “brought” to this world on October 28, 1955 in the “lands” of Seattle, Washington. He growed up in an upper-class family with his two sisters: Kristianne and Libby Gates. His father, William H. Gates Sr., was a shy and promising law student when he met his “future” wife, Mary Maxwell, who was an ongoing student as an athletic in the University of Washington. Mary, at the time, was actively involved in student affairs and leadership. His families atmosphere is very warm and close and all of the three children, including Bill himself, were all promoted to be competitive and academically intelligent by their parents. However, Bill showed early signs of “competitiveness” whenever he plans to play board games, such as Monopoly and Risk, with the family at their summer house located in Puget Sound. In his childhood, Bill had a very close relationship with his mother since she would often take
After Gates graduated high school, with a perfect 800 on the SAT, he went to Harvard law school in 1973 (“Gates, Bill” 2) (“Gates, William Henry, III” 1). In 1975 his friend Paul Allen came up to him while Bill was in college and showed him a Popular Mechanics article about a $350 microcomputer, Gates read this article and was convinced that he wanted to be in the computer industry (“Gates, William Henry, III” 1). As a sophomore in college he and Paul Allen made the computer language BASIC compatible to microcomputers, this took much skill and he was the first to do it (Leaders of info 2). He did this for a company called MITS (Leaders of info 2). This shows his motivation to do well in the world, and to be successful. With this new success in the BASIC software, he dropped out of Harvard and went to pursue his new career (“Gates, Bill 1). He went to Albuquerque, New Mexico with Paul and they both founded a new company called Microsoft to mass produce their new software (Leaders of Info 2).
Is it coincidental that Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Bill Joy and many other multi-millionaires were all born within a span of 3 years? Malcolm Gladwell, the author of Outliers, suspects that there is something more behind this occurrence than just a simple coincidence. He asserts that there is no such thing as a self-made man and success does not come from natural talent, rather it comes from extraordinary opportunities and hidden advantages. In Outliers, Gladwell attempts to debunk the myth that people are successful because of themselves, and not because of other factors. Even Malcolm Gladwell acknowledges that passion and hard work are required to succeed. However, he believes that this passion and time to put in the work would not be possible without the aid of extraordinary opportunities. Gladwell prepares a firm set of logical arguments, including the advantages of birth dates, cultural legacy and family backgrounds, to guarantee that his audience will be convinced of his conviction.
The relationship between intelligence and work related outcomes has been found through various empirical studies. A longitudinal studies found that there is a positive moderate correlation (.51) between IQ at 12 years of age and occupational level and a slightly higher correlation (.53) between IQ at 12-year-old and income (.53) aged 40-50. (Judge, Higgins, Thoresen, Barrick, 1999) Thus, we can see that IQ level plays a significant role on work related outcomes from this empirical study. In addition, another study found that IQ level has a low correlation (.23) with performance within low complexity jobs whereas IQ has a strong correlation (.58) with performance in high complexity jobs. (Hunter & Hunter, 1984; See Schmidt & Hunter, 2004 for an overview) To put it another way, high intelligence is not essential for low complexity jobs, for example, waiter and cleaner does not require high IQ. On the contrary, high intelligence is crucial for complex jobs since it represents high reasoning and mental capabilities. Thus, it is not hard to see that individuals’ behaviour at work will be remarkably
Gates was born in 1950, and raised in Piedmont, West Virginia, by his father, Henry Louis Sr. and his mother Pauline Coleman Gates. His father worked at the local Westvaco paper mill during the day and worked nights as a janitor for a local telephone company in order to support his family. Gates ' mother, was a house cleaner and worked hard to raise her sons to live and excel in an integrated world so that they
In an article titled “Brainpower and Bankruptcy” by Wilson Quarterly, the idea that intelligence isn’t dependent on wealth is argued. Quarterly examines different IQ scores among varying incomes and argues that having a high IQ tends to put one in more financial distress. Quarterly states that “Intelligence alone doesn't explain why individuals succeed or fail in economic life.” This quote is a critical argument that supports Rose’s claim. Throughout Rose’s article his main idea is that a blue collar worker, receiving a low income, tends to hold more intelligence than typically perceived.
Knowledge and intelligence are specific characteristic traits that can lead us to experiencing professional success. Suppose a child scores within the 135-140 range on an IQ test. People would assume that child will become successful in life based on their high IQ score. The question is, how are certain people able to succeed in life while others tend to struggle? Is it solely based off their intelligence or IQ? Opportunities? Race and culture? In Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Trouble with Geniuses, Part 2” and “The Ethnic Theory of Plane Crashes”, two chapters taken from his book Outliers: The Story of Success (2008), claims that there is a misunderstanding on what success is and how it can be achieved. Gladwell feels that the idea of having an
A child’s abnormally high IQ may trigger thoughts of undoubted success for many of us, but Outliers shows us that many with unbridled promise fail to deliver. This study shows that almost all “geniuses” that fail to complete post-secondary degrees have one glaring trait in common: socioeconomic status. Gladwell presents the case of Chris Langan, a man who’s IQ nears 200 and taught himself to read by age four. Langan spend his adult years as a bouncer and later ran a horse farm. This is hardly dignified work for “the smartest man in America.” Langan’s only mistake was growing up poor. Gladwell compares Langan with Robert Oppenheimer, architect of the atomic bomb. While both were extremely intelligent, only Oppenheimer grew up affluent and gained necessary skills needed to succeed. While Langan had difficultly figuring out the procedures necessary to fill-out financial-aid forms in college, Oppenheimer was raised to learn social niceties. The author goes into great detail explaining how the experiences provided to Oppenheimer through family wealth helped separate him from a fate all-to-often
In his book, Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell examines the reason why some people are anomalously more successful than others. One would normally think that success is achieved through intelligence, however Gladwell squashes that notion. Throughout his book, one sees that relying on only intelligence can sometimes be detrimental to one’s success, especially in chapters three and four, where one man (who possessed an extremely high IQ) was forced to drop out of college due to a lack of money and social skills. Gladwell argues that, while these outliers can seem to be more successful due to mere intelligence and skill, in reality, they have achieved it through a highly interlinked mix of background, practice habits, and legacy.
Bill Gates first took an interest in computer programming when he was 13 years old, while attending school. The school used funds from sales and donations and was able to purchase the students an ASR-33 Teletype terminal and computer time on a General Electric computer terminal. Bill, instantly intrigued, was able to get excused from his regular classes to work with the computer. Bill, then, gained his interest in computer programming. He was able to develop a program where the students could play the computer in a game of tic-tac-toe. This was the beginning of Bill Gates career (Bill Gates, 2011).
A leader is someone that you can look up to, someone who has a conglomerate of attributes that motivate people to follow them. There are many reasons why you can find someone amusing, intriguing or interesting but the conglomerate of actions performed by them is what makes them stand over others. A global leader is someone who has transcends the geographical limits with their contributions not only to their field but to humanity as well. In this essay I will briefly discussed the attributes of the global leader I selected, his visions and his contributions to
Bill Gates is not only a genius, but also an innovator in education, technology, and philanthropy. A prodigy, Bill Gates shares an education fact with Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and even his competitor Steve Jobs: no college degree. Instead, he devoted his time to his passion for technology, going on to create the most profitable technology company in the world. For much of the past decade, Gates allocated both his profit and attention to philanthropy. Evidence of his innovation, industry and curiosity can be seen at an early age.
William Henry “Bill” Gates III, was born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington, to a wealthy family (Heller 6). His parents were William H. Gates III, a prominent attorney, and Mary, a school teacher (William Henry (Bill) Gates). Because Gates and his father had the same name his parents nicknamed him “Trey,” referring to the III at the end of his full name. Gates struggled in public elementary school, so his parent enrolled him in private Lakeside School. There, he was
Bill Gates is the man who well known and wealthiest in the world. He is a success business man, hut the way to reach the success it not easy for him. He had failed in his business buy sold his idea, but the product not even worked. However, the failure is not stop him to find the new way to succeed, and the he became the succeed business man by created the Microsoft. According to “Why we are the way we are”, researcher describe 2 types of person that might involve to successful or failure. These 2 types are different such as behavior and physiological makeup. Once type of person is introvert. This type describes person quiet, introspective, deep thought, careful, control, and fond of books than people. Another is extravert describe person who like to going out, but does not like to reading or studying by themselves, and impulsive. Since people are impulsive, and does not like to studying or reading might lead to failure in doing business. Not only those things make people failure in business, but many factors cause failure in business such as wrong location, wrong time, lack of experiences, lack of understanding customers, do business alone, and not suitable planning. Many people may give up on their way and put their dream away, or even they fear of failure from these things and not interesting or believing in do business to succeed. Fortunately, there are several ways to solves this problem include: choosing good location, improving experience, and making a plan.