Do you agree with Bill Gates?

I came across the following Top 11 list on Facebook – and thought I would share it with you.   Whether the event depicted below actually happened or not, I’m happy with the message, and I would go back to high school and do a few things over if I could.  Despite my own misconceptions and mistakes, I’m glad I went to high school in the 90s rather than today.   Comments?

I wish Bill had spoken at my high school graduation.

I wish Bill Gates had spoken at my high school graduation.

As the post reads: Bill Gates recently gave a Commencement 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.

Having worked my share of restaurant and retail jobs, I couldn’t agree more with #5, and neither I suspect would Wolfgang Puck or Anthony Bourdain.  Living and learning rule #9 is the worst, but it feels good once the transition has passed.  I’m teaching Rule #11 to my step-children now who think they’re “tough, or cool, or hot,” from time to time, especially when they are not.

As for #7 I’m pretty sure my parents were as boring before I was born if not more.  After all, they’re NERDS!