Some parents send me messages, often poignant, seeking guidance for their son or daughter. "How can we steer our child toward success?"
My basic advice is simple and heartfelt. "Get the best? education you can. Take advantage of high school and college. Learn how to learn.
It's true that I dropped out of college to start Microsoft, but I was at Harvard for three years before dropping out and I'd love to have the time to go back. As I've said before, nobody should drop out of college unless they believe they face the opportunity of a lifetime. And even then they should reconsider.
There's not a perfect correlation between attitudes in high school and success in later life, of course. But it's a real mistake not to take the opportunity to learn a huge range of subjects, to learn to work with people in high school, and to get the grades that will help you get into a good college.