Goodbye Bill

by Katie Ledger on June 20, 2008 · 8 comments

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As Bill Gates finally packs up his Microsoft office (good trip down memory lane tonight on The Money Programme)  he recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things kids will 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 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.

Portfolio workers take note of rule 9.

I can identify with Rule 11…… 🙂

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Steve June 20, 2008 at 1:31 pm

i love this list 🙂 11 in particular!

2 Junal on the run June 21, 2008 at 11:33 am

simply great!

3 Joining Dots June 23, 2008 at 4:42 am

Hi, do you have the source for that list? It’s just that I saw a very similar list and claim (i.e. speech given at high school) a couple of years ago. It was rumoured to be a spoof… would love to know if it really is true or not.

Spoof or not, it’s a great list – funny and not untrue 🙂

4 Katie Ledger June 23, 2008 at 3:03 pm

sorry dont have the source – it may be a spoof. I just thought it was interesting and like you say – true to life.

5 cslemp June 24, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Sorry to be a party-pooper, but while it’s a GREAT list that I will give my son to read, it’s not by Bill Gates. http://www.snopes.com/language/document/liferule.asp

6 Joining Dots June 24, 2008 at 3:07 pm

At last, it’s confirmed. Many thanks cslemp.

7 Katie Ledger June 27, 2008 at 12:59 pm

thats cleared it up – well sort of! note to self: check source material.

8 livingplanit July 2, 2008 at 3:57 am

Hold on – you dont get summers, off, are you sure?

Sounds mean to me…

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