Wednesday, May 11

Just A Little Advice...

...excerpted from a speech that Bill Gates gave a couple years ago at a college (I believe) graduation. But it's relevant now -- for kids and for adults. So, I thought I'd share. Read on!

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2: The world doesn'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.

Okay, I'm ready to work for my about you?


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  2. I work at a college now, so it is still oh so very hard to watch the students and faculty take off for three glorious months while we still slog away at our desks all summer!

  3. All good thoughts. I don't think I'd read that before!

    My son teaches at a college and the kids drive him nuts with their expectations. Seems like only yesterday those expectations were his!

  4. Thanks for stopping by Christi, D'Ann and Liz! I really liked this speech when Bill Gates gave it and I like to revisit it now and again to find new things I'd missed.

  5. I love rule #5. My 47-year-old sister has been unemployed for over two years and still thinks a minimum wage job is beneath her. Even though Washington State has the highest starting wage (I believe it's close to $9 an hour).

    Okay, so now off to work on my goals :)

    great post, Kristi!

  6. Great post! I know a few people who need to read this and let it sink in.