Sunday, June 15, 2008

11 Rules Graduates Did Not Learn in School

I received this a couple of days ago from a colleague via email. I think most of the "rules" are on target whether they came from Mr. Gates or not.

In a speech that Bill Gates gave to a high school graduating class, he spoke
about 11 Rules that the graduates did not learn in school.

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 was tough, wait until 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 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 answers. 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.