Friday, April 27, 2012

Lessons from Bill Gates

This is a re-post from a FB friend that is being attributed to Bill Gates. Bill Gates reportedly spoke about these 11 things that children should realize early enough, but won't learn at school. Quite interesting, and some are certainly good things for young people to think about.

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

Rule 2: The world doesn'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 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.

And if we may add a couple more rules of our own:

Rule 12: Treat other people the way you would like to be treated.

Rule 13: Live beneath your means.

Rule 14: Gossip is a useless and unproductive activity. Stay away from those who over-indulge in it.

Rule 14: There will always be someone better off and worse off than yourself. Just like some people will like you and others won't. Live with these.


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