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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Listen up! I am giving you pearls over here...

Update: It turns out that this is just another urban legend. This really sucks, because it would be a really good speech to give to graduating high school students.

I received the following in my email this morning and thought I would pass it along. Ol’ Bill has some very good points here.

Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this! To anyone
with kids of any age, here's some advice.

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 l
istening 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.

If you agree, pass it on.
If you can read this - Thank a teacher!
If you are reading it in English -Thank a soldier!!


At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Robin said...

I love this. How do we put him in charge of the schools?

Thanks, James.

At 11:32 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

I agree with what he says here, but I don't know if putting him in charge of schools would be a good idea. Education might suddenly start failing and displaying strange glitches for no apparent reason.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

Life is NOT fair... I couldn't agree more.

At 11:52 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Ah, but if we were never treated unfairly, how could we appreciate it when we are treated right?

At 7:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work » »


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