Wednesday, 1 July 2009

a speech from Bill Gates

I Know A Few Twentysomethings Who Should Read This

Part of Bill Gates' speech to school kids entitled 11 Things You Don't Learn In School, where he talked 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 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.


  1. I saw the heading for your blog...and the word coffee stood out. You gotta have that coffee .
    Start the day , continue the day with good coffee and everything falls into place


  2. I love number 7 and
    Kids today are certainly different fromwhen we were growing up, that`s for sure...
    There was none of this pussy footing around at school in my day...You stuffed up and there was a ruler or feather duster waiting to be cracked on your hands....Geez that
    Just makes me wonder what it`s going to be like when they have their own kids....

  3. Yep these are 11 facts of life and it's to bad kids today don't realise it. Kids now days think the world owes them everything and then some.


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