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Introduction There is no disputing that Bill Gates is one of Americas most accomplished entrepreneurs His company Microsoft continues to both revolutionize and dominate the computer industry Like a star athlete Bill Gates is one of the largest business celebrities known What is it that possessed this one man to pioneer a business empire and establish himself as one of the worlds wealthiest individuals By first understanding the personal development and background and then applying Freudian and Humanistic Psychological perspectives to Bill Gates we are able to identify some of the key elements that explain why he is able to make achievements in the business world that most cannot It is this type of psychological analysis that may unlock psychologys truest potential for our society and maybe even for our children Background Born on October 28 1955 Gates and his two sisters grew up in Seattle Their father William H Gates II is a Seattle attorney Their late mother Mary Gates was a schoolteacher University of Washington regent and chairwoman of United Way International Microsoft Corporation 2002 He was born into a family with a rich history in business politics and community service His great-grandfather had been a state legislator and mayor his grandfather was the vice president of a national bank and his father was a prominent lawyer Wallace 1993 p 8-9 Early on in life it was apparent that Bill Gates inherited the ambition intelligence and competitive spirit that had helped his progenitors rise to the top in their chosen professions In elementary school he quickly surpassed all of his peers abilities in nearly all subjects especially math and science His parents recognized his intelligence and decided to enroll him in Lakeside Prep School a private school known for its intense academic environment This decision had far reaching effects on Bill Gates life For at Lakeside Bill Gates was first introduced to computers There he discovered his interest in
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