Rules of Reality
Bill Gates hit the nail on the head with the following observations. These are some points he made during a recent speech at a high school. He talked about ‘Eleven Rules of Reality’ that students do not and will not learn in today’s schools. He speaks about how feel-good, politically correct teaching has created a generation of young adults with no concept of reality, and how this sets 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 personal 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 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. 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, making your bed, and listening to you talk about how cool you think you are. 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 HASN’T. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY CHANCES 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
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.
If you can read this – Thank a teacher! If you are reading it in English -Thank a soldier!