Favourite quotes: message from Bill Gates….

This turned up as a Forward in my husband’s email recently. Normally, I delete any Forwards I receive, and never read his. However, I thought this one was worth quoting in full (I haven’t checked its provenance….):


This should be posted in all schools and work places

Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this!

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. 

Comments on this quote are welcome!