Bill Gates' Speech to Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia, California.
Worthwhile reading. 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 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
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 $40,000 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 are. So before you save the rain forest from
the parasites of your parents' generation, try delousing the closet in your own
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.
Wisdom of Bill Gates