Leslie's Omnibus

Bus Fumes

Boy, are these kids in for a shock when they get out in the real world and try to hold down a paying job.

Somebody obviously never read the Bill Gates speech:

When Bill Gates gave a message about life to recent high school and college graduates, he listed 11 things they did not learn in school. He talked about how feel-good, politically correct teachings have created a full generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept has set them up for failure in the real world.

Here's his list of Rules for Life:

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 $40,000 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. He doesn't have tenure.

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 are. So before you save the rain forest 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 has not. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades; 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.
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It's called "incomplete twinning"... and it's not not that unusual. See? Just ask the folks at Ripley's Believe It or Not. Sheesh.
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Leslie

2 comments:

Kevin said...

Nope. Not Bill Gates.

http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_bill_gates_speech.htm

Omnibus Driver said...

Fine. Charles Sykes. It's STILL damned good advice.