11 Rules Kids Did Not and Will Not Learn in School

       Last week, I wrote about some of the lessons that readers of Real Simple magazine learned in school.  But something that caught my even more was advice that was offered to graduating high school seniors, reportedly by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, although there is some controversy around whether or not he actually said it.  In any case, here is the advice: 

  1. Life is not fair – get used to it!
  2. The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem.  The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
  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.
  4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
  5. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.  Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it “opportunity.”
  6. If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
  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 parents’ generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
  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.
  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.
  10. Television is NOT real life.  In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
  11. Be nice to nerds.  Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

       Whether Bill Gates ever uttered those words, the advice is pretty solid, isn’t it?  

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RandolphMase, Fiction Writer

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

Nathan Hale

 

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