Bill Gates as a Role Model
“There is a certain responsibility that accrued to me when I got this unexpected
position." Bill Gates. Bill Gates is considered a philanthropist today more than the inventor of Microsoft. He displays leadership and role model qualities by his personal achievement as well as his life satisfaction goals. His social-ethical maturity makes him a prime candidate to bring to the forefront the major contributions of reflection and experience (UOPX Writer Network 2010). He promotes and improves education actively in this country as well as bringing light on the subject of the importance of vaccines around the globe. His personal mission is to have the world's richest people donate 50% of their fortunes to charity (Loomis, 2010). Bill Gate's organizational skills and people smart qualities make him a productive role model not just in this country but around the world. Being a lifelong learner and having emotional intelligence makes him a prime candidate for philanthropy issues and his contributions the education and vaccine world. Bill Gates believes in eradicating childhood diseases and the misleading information parents receive about the diseases by communicating the importance of vaccines. He is very active to obtain the polio vaccine at low costs to vaccinate every child by working with manufacturers. He is working with the United Nations to buy cheaper polio vaccines to distribute to all children. Five drug manufacturers have joined the cause, providing the vaccine at 13 cents versus 14.5 cents (Gates, 2011). He is a strong supporter that vaccines are necessary and vital to our civilization. His position is that parents who do not vaccinate their children are misinformed and misguided by others who only have a monetary gain by leading parents to believe that vaccines cause Autism. I worked as a pediatric nurse and suspected that my son is on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. I can state from a nursing and personal background, vaccines did not cause my son to have Autism, who was exhibiting symptoms of Autism at three months old. Vaccines are the most cost-effective disease prevention invented. This year 1.4 million children will die unnecessarily due to childhood illnesses. Due to Mr. Gates' effort so far there has been a decrease of 42.6% in polio worldwide in the past year (Gates, 2011). Bill Gates Foundation is also focusing a large portion of the money in Education 2.0. This money put towards providing the citizens of America the proper, most effective and efficient educational system to date. His foundation has donated $2 billion in public education and $2 billion in scholarships (Wallis, 2008). The money was spent to improve high schools where the poor minority children attended. It was not as successful as hoped, and now he is focusing on Community Colleges with emphasis on "quality of teaching and the relevance of curriculum". This new idea will implement programs such as performance-based scholarship, business-college partnerships and rapid remediation (Wallis, 2008). Other countries far exceed the United States in their public education system. Although Bill Gates is not focusing on Special Education specifically; his concentration in the public education system will affect the public Special Education system. His motto is "fewer, clearer and higher" standards so that educational curriculums do not vary from state to state (Wallis, 2008).
Bill Gates’ other major contribution is his philanthropy goal call the $600 Billion Dollar Challenge. He was
influenced by Warren Buffet and has an unbreakable bond with Mr. Buffet, who intends on leaving part of his estate to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The campaign includes billionaires in the world to donate 50% of their estate by 2018. Asking this off the nation and global billionaires is the brainchild of Gates and Buffett. Mr. Gates was encouraged by Mr. Buffet, who in 1986 stated that his family should not receive his whole fortune should not (Loomis, 2010). The fact that Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are on this crusade together both
Who Is Your Hero? Give a Historical Background
My hero is William Henry Gates III better known as Bill Gates. Bill was born on October 28th 1955, in Seattle, Washington. He had one older sister and one younger one.
In eighth grade he went to a private school and started to get really interested in computers and how to program them. He spent a lot of time on the one school computer. One day he called up the company that was making these first computers and said he had a program for it, although really he didn't. The company didn't believe him but said ok anyway. For the next month he typed up code to show to the company. He did this with his business partner Paul Allen. In a month they showed their software to the company and it worked. On a different front, Bill at the same time was trying to get into college. He scored a 1590 out of 1600 on the SAT examination and got into Harvard. Midway through his time at Harvard he dropped out and started his own computer software company called Microsoft. Throughout these years Microsoft has developed into a multi billion-dollar company.
In 1994 Bill Gates married his wife now Melinda Gates. They had two daughters and one son together. They also started the Bill and Melinda Gates Charity together in 1994, which has given away an estimated 28 billion dollars away to date.
What has your hero done to make them a hero to you?
The reason my hero is Bill Gates and not some one like Steve Jobs, whose products I use more often, is because he has given so much away to charity and is so generous. He started his own charity and has given away an approximated 28 billion dollars. His generosity amazes me; by the end of his life he wants to have given away ninety-nine percent of his money away to charity. Bill Gates is very generous and caring and that is why he is my role model.
Why is this person important to you? How has Bill Gates made a difference in you life and in the world?
This person is very important to me because he is one of the reasons technology are so great and since I use at least one piece of technology every day of the year. Without him the technological world, actually the whole world, would look and work differently. He has made an impact at home and abroad with the creating of his charity.
Why do you aspire to them?
I aspire to Bill Gates because he is a great person and has really helped people across the globe through both his charity and his company.
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