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Bill Gates on life(7 posts)

Bill Gates on lifeDougSloan
Apr 24, 2002 1:30 PM
(sorry if this has already been posted - I didn't see it here)

Here is some advice Bill Gates recently dished out
at a high school speech about 11 things they did not learn in school. He
talks about how feel-good politically correct teachings created a full
generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them
up for failure in the real world. Here's what he said:

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 40 thousand dollars 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. He
doesn't have tenure.

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 are. So before you save the rain
forest from the parasites of your parents' 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. You have to
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.
Interesting pointspeloton
Apr 24, 2002 1:45 PM
I think the worst thing is the lack of personal responsiblity in the world today. Life is made up of winners and losers. Most of the time when I have been a loser, it's been my own fault.
All truedsc
Apr 24, 2002 1:59 PM
I have seen this list before (though not on this board). I'm not sure that it was Bill himself who came up with these rules - not that I'd ever accuse Bill Gates of staking a claim on anything that didn't originate with him ;-) - but they are all truisms.

I am reminded of this every time I get stuck behind some minivan with a bumper sticker that reads "My child is a (insert your favorite feel-good saying here) at AnySchool, USA".

-Debi
Agree--it's several years old, and not by Gates. Also...cory
Apr 24, 2002 2:56 PM
...it reads like it was written by a disillusioned and bitter adult who wants to drag the kids down because they're having too much fun. They'll catch on to life soon enough (all the rest of us managed, and they're as smart as we are). My grandfather thought my dad had it easy, my dad thought I had it easy, I think my kids have it easy... Anybody see a pattern here?
Good pointsmickey-mac
Apr 24, 2002 5:15 PM
I read this a couple years back and thought the same thing. When we consider the entire course of human history, the world hasn't changed so much that people born 50 years ago know things that can never be discovered by people born now. I worry much more about what my young kids have to face than what my grandparents, parents, or I faced as young people. If they can negotiate the obstacle course that constitutes modern life with their morals, dignity, and courage intact, they really will have accomplished something. I really don't know any young people who expect to have everything handed to them. I hope I never tell my kids that things are easy for young people today.
timelessDougSloan
Apr 25, 2002 5:29 AM
"Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers."
Socrates (470 BC - 399 BC)
that's pretty good--bet someone else wrote it thoughColnagoFE
May 3, 2002 7:59 AM
though how many high school teachers have tenure anyway?...and it's getting harder to get for college professors to get as well. gates is probably a bit biased as he never graduated college--nor did a lot of successful businessmen i imagine.