by Sunil Bali, 24-05-15

After Microsoft went public in 1986 and Bill Gates became a 31 year old billionaire, he was asked what was the secret to his success.

Gates replied:

There’s no secret. I worked really hard on my idea to get it as good as I could, and then knocked on door after door.

I ended up showing my idea to 1200 people.

900 said no.

300 people showed some interest.

Only 85 people actually did anything.

30 took a serious look.

And 11 made me a multi-millionaire.

Behind every genius there was first a beginner who worked hard to produce great work, and then was brave enough to keep showing it to the world, even when the world showed no interest.

99% of the people that Bill Gates showed his idea to rejected it.

You always have a choice.

You can either throw in the towel, or use it to wipe the sweat off your face.


A Policeman Testifies in Court

A policeman was being cross-examined by a defense lawyer who was trying to undermine the policeman’s credibility …..

Lawyer: "Officer — did you see my client fleeing the scene?"

Policeman: "No sir. But I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender, running several blocks away."

Lawyer: "Officer — who provided this description?"

Policeman: "The officer who responded to the scene."

Lawyer: "A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?"

Policeman: "Yes, sir. With my life."

Lawyer: "With your life? Let me ask you this then officer. Do you have a room where you change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?"

Policeman: "Yes sir, we do!"

Lawyer: "And do you have a locker in the room?"

Policeman: "Yes sir, I do."

Lawyer: "And do you have a lock on your locker?"

Policeman: "Yes sir."

Lawyer: "Now why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your life, you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share with these same officers?"

Policeman: "You see, sir — we share the building with the court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room."

The courtroom erupted in laughter, and an immediate recess was called.

The Policeman has been nominated for this year’s "Best Comeback" Line.


Have a great week.