“The Eleven Rules of Life” By Bill Gates To anyone with kids, of any age, here’s some advice that Bill Gates recently gave at a school Speech Night about the 11 things that students did not learn at school. He talked about how feel-good, politically-correct teaching has created a full generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this is setting them up for failure in the real world. So, here are Bill Gates’s 11 rules of life. 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 40 thousand a year straight out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn them both. Rule 4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He/She doesn’t have tenure. Rule 5. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for flipping burgers - 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 forests 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 hasn’t. 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 does not 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 probably end up working for one.