William Henry “Bill” Gates III is an American business magnate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, and computer programmer who co-founded Microsoft, one of the world’s largest software companies. When a successful global figure offers life advice, it’s a wise choice to listen. What does he say are the most important lessons you WON’T learn in school?
Rule 1: Life is not fair. Get used to it.
Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. However, the world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you start feeling good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make $40,000 a year right out of high school, and 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 until you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers at McDonalds should not be 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.
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 bedroom.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with recognizing that there are winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have even abolished failing grades, and they’ll give you as much time as you want to get the right answer on an exam. 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 are supposed 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 out and find a job.
Rule 11: Be nice to NERDS. Chances are you will end up working for one.