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What did Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Steve Wozniak do in their teenage years?

Okay, I will analyze the similarities in 4 of them on these 3 parameters.

  1. Risky And Stupid :
    1. Musk left the Stanford University PhD program on 3rd day to found Zip2 Corporation.
    2. Gates left Harvard without completing his degree to found Microsoft.
    3. Wozniak was expelled from University of Colorado Boulder in his first year for sending prank messages on the university's computer system.
    4. Jobs had difficulty functioning in a traditional classroom, tended to resist authority figures, frequently misbehaved, and was suspended a few times.
    5. When Jobs was 13, he was given a summer job by Bill Hewlett (of Hewlett-Packard) after Jobs cold-called him to ask for parts for an electronics project.
  2. Self Learning Attitude :
    1. Musk taught himself computer programming at the age of 10.
    2. At 13, Gates wrote his first software program. (Tic-Tac-Toe).
    3. Wozniak in his 20s was known as "Berkeley Blue" after he made a blue box (allowing free long distance call)
  3. Enterprising
    1. At the age of 12 Musk sold the code of a video game he created called Blastar for $500.
    2. At age 17, Gates formed a venture called Traf-O-Data.
    3. In 1973, Steve Wozniak designed his own version of the classic video game Pong. Based on this Atari approached Jobs to have Woz design a board for Breakout. Woz gave the board to Jobs, who then took the game down to Atari.

These 3 qualities enabled them to create the biggest companies of the world.

And all 4 of them took big risk, had the ability to learn things quickly and was enterprising enough from young age.

They were not the NERD kids of the block!

Yasir Chowdhrey

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