Thursday, June 26, 2008

Bill Gates' 11 Rules of Life

When I was reading an article in a local newspaper today I found this interesting speech that Bill Gate has done in one of the university. I think you also find that useful.

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BILL GATES' SPEECH TO MT. WHITNEY HIGH SCHOOL in Visalia, California.

Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this!

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. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone 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 are. 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.

3 comments:

DrBacchus said...

Just for the record, because misattribution bugs me, I want to point out this:
http://www.snopes.com/language/document/liferule.asp
Mr. Gates did not give this speech, and didn't say any of those things. The list comes from Charles J. Sykes, author of "Dumbing Down Our Kids."
What really irritates me is that a newspaper can't do a little bit of research to find the correct attribution for a quote.

Deepal Jayasinghe said...

What you are telling might be true , but following link also said what I mentioned

http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_bill_gates_speech.htm

DrBacchus said...

Actually, the page that you linked to says: "Microsoft chairman Bill Gates neither wrote the words nor delivered them in a speech to high school students or anyone else." It, also, attributes the words to Charles Sykes.