Bill Gates' Speech

This was sent to me via email from my mom on February 8, 2002.

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a high school.  He talked about how
feel-good politically correct teachings created a generation which has no
concept of reality and how this lack of a concept sets them up for failure
in the real world.  Here's what he said:

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 thousand dollars 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.
           He doesn't have tenure.

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 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. You have to 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.

Last Updated: 021702