Thursday, June 21, 2007

Wise words from Bill Gates

To anyone with kids of any age, here's some advice. Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school.

He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1 :
Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2:
The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3:
You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school and you won't be a vice-president with a car phone - not until you earn both.

Rule 4:
If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5:
Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6:
If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7:
Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8:
Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9:
Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10:
Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11:
Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

If you agree, pass it on.
If you can read this - Thank a teacher!
If you are reading it in English -Thank a soldier!

9 comments:

Hannah Claeys said...

I agree with these rules completly, I don't understand why everyone thinks they are so hard done by. Everyone has terrible things in your life and bad things that will happen in your life, but you cannot just sit and morn about it forever, you need to move on with life and live it to the extreme, work hard and strive. Because when you work hard, that;s when you actually get somewhere in life.

Anonymous said...

nice

Anonymous said...

This basically directly adresses the problems with this generation. The sense of entitlement we teenagers have is a little outrageous, and COMPLETELY STUPID. I don't get why we think we can blame our life being difficult on anything but ourselves.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Rule 11

Lauren said...

wow that's really accurate.
"Life is not fair - get used to it!"

Anonymous said...

Agree with being nice to nerds, because its true.. they will be your boss

Anonymous said...

I think that most - not all! - teenagers definitely need a reality check. High school is only the beginning and if you think it's tough now then you don't know what your in for. Man up and get stuff done.

Mei said...

"Rule 10:
Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs."
unless you're watching a documentry that is.

"Rule 5:
Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity."
i agree with this but how is flipping burgers below your dignigty?!

Tahir said...

Life is not fair - get used to it!

soo true life isnt easy u have to earn ur living and make something of ur life , dont wait for ur life to become fair. get out and change ur life make an effort.
-Tahir Mawani