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.
Life is not fair - get used to it!
The world won't care about your self-esteem.
The world will expect you to accomplish
something BEFORE you feel good about
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
If you think your teacher is tough, wait
till you get a boss.
Flipping burgers is not beneath your
dignity. Your Grandparents had a different
word for burger flipping: they called it
If you mess up, it's not your parents'
fault, so don't whine about your mistakes,
learn from them.
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 parent's generation, try delousing the
closet in your own room.
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.
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.
Television is NOT real life. In real life
people actually have to leave the coffee
shop and go to jobs.
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