Eleven Rules For Life

 Here are some incredible words of wisdom for kids these days about 11 things they were not taught and never will learn in school. 


These words of wisdom have been attributed to a speech Bill Gates supposedly made at Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia, California.  In fact, they are from a book called "Dumbing Down Our Kids," by Charles Sykes.

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 $60,000 a year right out of high school.  You won't be a vice president with a car until you earn both.

Rule 4:    If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5:    Flipping burgers is not beneath you.  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, you parents weren't as boring as they are right 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.

Rule 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.

Rule 9:    Life is not 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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