I was in the airport VIP lounge en route to Seattle a couple of weeks ago.

While in there, I noticed Bill Gates sitting comfortably in the corner, enjoying a drink.

I was meeting a very important client who was also flying to Seattle,

but she was running a little bit late.

Well, being a straightforward kind of guy,

I approached the Microsoft chairman, introduced myself, and said,

“Mr. Gates, I wonder if you would do me a favor.”

“Yes?” He asked,

“I’m sitting right over there,”

Pointing to my seat at the bar, I continued,…

“And I’ m waiting for a very important client.

Would you be so kind when she arrives as to come walk by and just say,… ‘Hi Tom?'”

“Sure.” Bill agreed, with a kind smile.

I shook his hand and thanked him and went back to my seat.

About ten minutes later, my client showed up.

We ordered a drink and we started to talk business.

A couple of minutes later, I felt a tap on my shoulder.

It Was Bill Gates. “Hi, Tom,” he said.

I replied,

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“Shut up, Bill, I’m in a meeting.”