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RE: Bill Gates to High School students

Sorry, not by Bill Gates. They're from Charles Sykes's book DUMBING DOWN OUR KIDS. See:

"Urban Legends Reference Pages: Language," at,


Ron Force       
Moscow Idaho USA

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Subject: Bill Gates to High School students
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2002 19:34:28 -0400
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This was sent to me by Dennis Connolly

Bill Gates:
Love him  or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this one. To
anyone with kids of any age, or anyone who has ever been a kid, here's some
advice Bill Gates dished out recently at a high school speech about 11
things they don't teach in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically
correct teachings have created a generation of kids with no concept of
reality, and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

> 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/year right out of high school. You won't
> be a vice-president with a cell-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
> a word for flipping burgers-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 how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest from the
> parasites of your parents' generation, try delousing the closet in your
> room.
> Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life
> hasn't. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they'll
> you as many times as you want to get the answer right. 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 and
> Christmas break off, and very few employers are interested in helping you
> find yourself. Do that on you own time.
> Rule 10. Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to
> leave the coffee shop and go to work.
> Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

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