Iconic tech entrepreneur and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates are obsessed with the future. He frequently works with inventors and industry disrupters read books about the future of humanity and funds projects to advance communities.

And based on the data he’s collected, Gates concludes that people with three backgrounds will be the most in-demand from here on out science, engineering, and economics. Workers proficient in those subjects will be “the agents of change for all institutions,” Gates tells LinkedIn Executive Editor Daniel Roth.

“I do think of basic knowledge of the sciences, math skills, economics — a lot of careers in the future will be very demanding on those things,” Gates says. You don’t have to be an expert in coding or the periodic table, but having the ability to think the way these experts do will help you tremendously.

″[It’s] not necessarily that you’ll be writing code, but you need to understand what can engineers do and what can they not do,” the Microsoft co-founder says.

They’ll likely be revolutionizing your industry, he says. Here are some important lessons from one of the greatest minds in the business:— 1. “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

2. “If you were born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it’s your mistake.”. 3. “To win big, you sometimes need to take big risks.”

4. “I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.”. 5. “Patience is a key element of success.”

 

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