« More cuts for the Navy? | Main | Defend the Union? A bit late isn't it Mr Brown? »

January 13, 2007

Some Rules of Life every school child should get straight!

A friend sent me this - but I think it should be seen as widely as possible! Please feel free to link it, copy and post it and generally make sure it gets seen by the Nanny and PC mobsters! If Bill Gates can see these ovious truths then so should everyone else. Rule 1 applies!

Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this! To anyone with kids of any age, here's some advice.

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks 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.

If you can read this - Thank a teacher!

Posted by The Gray Monk at January 13, 2007 04:26 PM

Trackback Pings

TrackBack URL for this entry:


I really enjoyed the list, but I don't believe it's authentic. Here's why:

This item

"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."

puts the date in the early or mid 1990s, as almost nobody uses a "car phone" today (certainly not in Bill's home country). Because the lead-in to the list says it was in a "recent" speech, the whole thing is suspect.

Posted by: Don Long at January 18, 2007 08:43 AM

There is another explanation - Bill Gates earns around 100 x that a second, so he's probably out of touch with the real world earnings anyway! Still, even if he didn't say it, it is still a good set of reminders for the generation that has been raised on the "protect everyone from everything" mantra currently ruining our kids.

Posted by: The Gray Monk at January 18, 2007 03:35 PM

Bill Gates, in fact, did not NOT say these things. Please research your quotes before exposing them to the world to see. The message is wonderful... but spreading misinformation is not. For more info on this urban legend, please got to: http://www.snopes.com/language/document/liferule.htm

Posted by: Truth Seeker at February 12, 2007 07:04 PM

Right, so it seems this is mis-attributed to Bill Gates. Apologies for that, sometimes I have to take things on trust and in this case it appears it was misplaced. The important thing here is that there are a number of home truths in the list which a heck of a lot of people could do with learning!

Posted by: The Gray Monk at February 17, 2007 03:58 PM