Bill Gates "qoutes"~ Good stuff! : LUSENET : Freedom! self reliance : One Thread

A friend sent me this and I thought it was a pretty good compendium of "rules". I don't know if he is the originator of most of these as I think I have heard a lot of them before, but I thought you might enjoy it. Have a great day!

Subject: Bill Gates on life's lessons > > > > Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this! To anyone > with kids of any age, or anyone who has ever been a kid, here's 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. > > 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. 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

-- Doreen (, May 08, 2001


Good. Very Good. I have printed this out and I'm going to put it up next to the "Failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part" sign in the kitchen.

Also, what does it mean if you homeschooled your kids and this is still relevent to their attitude? Do all kids have such an unrealistic outlook and goofy priority system, or have I just not been paying attention?

Yes, the 2 older children are home from school for the summer. After being away since September it is different. I'm glad their home, Don't misunderstand. I guess I'm just going to have to acclimate myself to the increase in the weirdness level again is all.

-- John in S. IN (, May 09, 2001.

Glad you liked it, John! I DO think that most kid's have a skewed veiw. Thay can't help it....I couldn't help it. When I was sixteen, I knew that I had some of the not so pleasant reality knocked into me, I know very little.:) Enjoy your summer and I'll pray for your patience, whoops, I'll pray for your PEACE!

-- Doreen (, May 09, 2001.

Doreen, this is excellent! I think it applies to an awful lot of adults too who never outgrew being selfish. So many people think the world revolves around them.

-- Barb (, May 09, 2001.

Heck.... Sometimes its a good thing for ME to remember these things!! I tend to forget them sometimes.... lol!!! (like hating to work weekends........)

Thanks, Doreen

-- Sue Diederich (, May 09, 2001.

One of my friends works for a company that grades those scholastic aptitude tests that are given to public school kids at various grade levels. The test that she is working on right now has no wrong answers. For example, one of the questions is to write a brief essay about Christopher Columbus. As long as the student writes that Columbus was a person who travelled somewhere and found something, they get full credit. So if the kid writes that Columbus sailed his submarine to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus in 1968, they get the same score as the student who writes that Columbus sailed to North America in 1492 while in search of a new route to China. Pretty scary stuff.

-- Sherri C (one of the touchy-feelie crew) (, May 09, 2001.

Sue: ROTFL!!!! I agree!!! I need the reminders too!! Thanks Doreen for posting it. I liked that.

-- StevenB (, May 10, 2001.

Doreen, patience is a good thing to pray for! I've never been known for having an over abundance of that. LOL! It's shaping up to be an interesting summer here already.

The North Pole w/ a submarine thing is pretty wild. Still got credit huh? I never got credit for those kind of answers. They always called my folks and told 'em I was being weird again and Dad thumped me. Hey! I can use this as one of those "When I was a Kid....." scenarios. I just don't have to tell 'em the part about me giving goofy answers.

-- John in S. IN (, May 10, 2001.

Sherri, THAT is INSANE!!!! It sounds like a fun story, but my word. One of my nieces, as a sophmore in HS, wrote a book review on something and asked my father to read it and let her know what he thought of it. It was littered with misspellings and poor grammar and my Dad pointed this out to her....she told him that those things weren't graded and didn't matter. She called later in the month to tell him she recieved an A. How can we expect to have dependable and accountable business people if we can't tell a student that something is wrong?

John, praying for patience scares me....I know we need it and are to desire it, but everytime I have prayed for it I have had the WORST days. You know, growth opportunities.....ow.

-- Doreen (, May 10, 2001.

Hi Sherri C nice to see you here!Thanks for the heads up on the aptitude test I'll add it to my repertoire.Doreen the original post was good thanks for posting it.Bill Gates just went up a notch or two in my opinion of him.(Soon he will be able reach up and touch a snakes belly) ; )

-- greg (, May 11, 2001.

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