When I was 10, I wanted to be Bill Gates

In Ge Mei Lia, June 2011 issue
In Ge Mei Lia, June 2011 issue. I put the cross there because I am so embarrassed by my own avatar on the mag.

The photo above is the essay I submitted to Ge Mei Lia when I was 10, that time I am truly awed by software people like Bill Gates, how he built the empire, how he learned to program. And it was incredible, the hot boiling blood inside my veins made me want to replicate his success.

I will translate it to English in case you want to know what I wrote:

I have a dream, I want to be another Bill Gates, have a software company, and go on to become the richest guy on the planet.

Ever since I have this idea, I spend my free time on studying computers, keep an eye on the latest tech trends. After a few years of studying, I have learned a lot, and my dad sponsored me to purchase computing books and magazines.

Besides, I want to develop a software before 2020, so that I can help Malaysia to achieve Wawasan 2020 dream. To promote the usage of my software, I will sell them at much lower price. Every year I will also host an exhibition (or fair) in Malaysia so that everyone will know about my products and buy them.

From now on, I must improve my own English and computing skills, so that I can realize the dream I am having right now.

– Chong, H.S., 2005. My Dream, Ge Mei Lia: Waste Picker, June 2005.

Well after reading back what I wrote, I can say I am still pretty much on my path, a few things have changed:

  1. We are now on the cloud, I do not need to host annual fairs or exhibitions to sell boxes on software. Now I can just launch it online and people can buy it right away.
  2. I want to be rich enough, not the richest, but that does not mean I will settle down for income of average degree grads.
  3. I have developed some small things that helped my college mates, but I will do bigger stuff before 2020 as well.

So basically everything else remains the same, I spend a heck lot of time on computer (now more on business side, Lean Startup, anyone?), still read a lot, my dad sponsors some of my gigs like my laptop. But I am glad I am still on the path to success.

If I have not written this essay and submit it for publication, I might not have a benchmark for me to test myself against, and I am glad that my younger version did that, it holds me accountable for what I do and what I will do.

On July 2005 issue, the stage name ‘Anonoz’ debuted for the first time in the tech section. I asked a lot about web development, using Front Page (silly me, SILLY) and server. I did hope to arouse interests of web¬†development¬†among my peers, so I can say my agendas are pretty much the same since when I was 10.

Author: Anonoz Chong

Web Developer in Kuala Lumpur. Computer Science student in MMU Cyberjaya. President of IT Society MMU Cyberjaya. Rubyist.

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