Unleashing your creativity——释放而的创造力
I’ve always been an optimist and I suppose that is rooted in my belief
that the power of creativity and intelligence can make the world a
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved learning new things and
solving problems. So when I sat down at a computer for the first time in
seventh grade, I was hooked. It was a clunky old Teletype machine and it
could barely do anything compared to the computers we have today. But it
changed my life.
When my friend Paul Allen and I started Microsoft 30 years ago, we had a
vision of “a computer on every desk and in every home,” which probably
sounded a little too optimistic at a time when most computers were the
size of refrigerators. But we believed that personal computers would
change the world. And they have.
And after 30 years, I’m still as inspired by computers as I was back in
I believe that computers are the most incredible tool we can use to feed
our curiosity and inventiveness —— to help us solve problems that even
the smartest people couldn’t solve on their own.
Computers have transformed how we learn, giving kids everywhere a window
into all of the world’s knowledge. They’re helping us build communities
around the things we care about and to stay close to the people who are
important to us, no matter where they are.
Like my friend Warren Buffett, I feel particularly lucky to do something
every day that I love to do. He calls it “tap-dancing to work.” My job
at Microsoft is as challenging as ever, but what makes me “tap-dance to
work” is when we show people something new, like a computer that can
recognize your handwriting or your speech, or one that can store a
lifetime’s worth of photos, and they say, “I didn’t know you could do
that with a PC!”
But for all the cool things that a person can do with a PC, there are
lots of other ways we can put our creativity and intelligence to work to
improve our world. There are still far too many people in the world
whose most basic needs go unmet. Every year, for example, millions of
people die from diseases that are easy to prevent or treat in the
I believe that my own good fortune brings with it a responsibility to
give back to the world. My wife, Melinda, and I have committed to
improving health and education in a way that can help as many people as
As a father, I believe that the death of a child in Africa is no less
poignant or tragic than the death of a child anywhere else. And that it
doesn’t take much to make an immense difference in these children’s
I’m still very much an optimist, and I believe that progress on even the
world’s toughest problems is possible —— and it’s happening every day.
We’re seeing new drugs for deadly diseases, new diagnostic tools, and
new attention paid to the health problems in the developing world.
I’m excited by the possibilities I see for medicine, for education and,
of course, for technology. And I believe that through our natural
inventiveness, creativity and willingness to solve tough problems, we’re
going to make some amazing achievements in all these areas in my