Imagine you have the chance to meet your younger self.
With all of the years of living and wisdom you have, there’s probably a ton of advice you could offer.
With the benefit of hindsight, you could help your younger self avoid so many mistakes and pitfalls.
So, what would you say to your younger self?
It’s a question that’s been posed to many entrepreneurs over the years, including Bill Gates.
The mega-successful head of Microsoft has one thing he would do differently…
He’d change how he judges other people.
According to Gates, it’s easy to underestimate others. Especially those who are different than you.
“When I left school, I knew little about the world’s inequities. It took me decades to learn,” he says.
He believes he was naive in thinking that there’s only one type of intelligence, when, in fact, everyone has a unique talent. That’s the first business lesson he’d give to his younger self.
As Gates puts it:
“Intelligence takes many different forms. It is not one dimensional. And it is not as important as I used to think.”
When Gates transfers this to business, it makes a lot of sense.
For example, people of many different skills can do well in an Amazon business.
Creative people can come up with great design ideas and concepts for products.
Analytical people can crunch the numbers to find the winners.
‘People people’ can build a ‘dream team’ that can help do all of the above.
“The idea that you need to blend these different types of skills together always continued to surprise me,” Gates added.
The key is to recognize and appreciate the talents you and others have. Surround yourself with great people and build on what you’re good at.
What is your unique genius? Are you putting it to work productively now?
What would be possible if you do unleash it?
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