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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 4:12:46 AM

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I found this shared in Facebook:


Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about
eleven 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.


Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2: The world doesn'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 phone 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 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 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.

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 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.


If you can read this...thank a Teacher.
If you can read this in English...thank a Soldier!
And for life and everything else you have...thank God!
Now....think about this and smile if you agree and please pass this on....

If you don't agree, go stick your head in the SAND and take a DEEP BREATH!
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Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 6:05:35 AM

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I passed it on . . .
uuaschbaer
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 6:52:22 AM

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In this time, if Mr. Gates gives a speech to high school students, it will be on youtube; if it is not on youtube, you can be quite sure it didn't happen. The rules are nice, but I'm afraid they're not Mr. Gates's. This page attributes them to Charles J. Sykes, and judging by this table of contents of one of his books I think they're right.

PS The preface apparently even says so. By the way, some of the other rules are interesting.

Quote:
The Rules
1. Life is not fair. Get used to it.
2. The Real World won't care as much as your school does about your self
esteem. It'll expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about
yourself.
3. Sorry, you won't make $60,000 a year right out of high school. And you
won't be a vice president or have a company car. You may even have to wear
a uniform that doesn't have a designer label.
7. If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn't have
tenure, so he tends to be a bit edgier. When you screw up, he's not going to
ask you how you FEEL about it.
9. Your school may have done away with winners and losers. Life hasn't.
15. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a
different word for burger flipping. They called it "opportunity."
17. Before you were born your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They
got that way paying your bills, driving you around, saving for your
education, cleaning up your room and listening to you tell them how
idealistic you are.
18. Life is not divided into semesters. And you don't get summers off.
19. It's not your parents' fault. If you screw up, you are responsible.
32. Television is not real life.
33. Be nice to nerds. You may end up working for them. We all could.

Preface
There are two things you need to know about this book:
First, the world is full of touchy-feely books of affirmation. This is not one of them.
Second: these rules were not written by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
I mention this because these 50 Rules began as a mere 10 rules that I used in a television
commentary back in the mid-1990s; they grew to 12, and then 14*. Along the way, they
took on a life of their own, especially after they were somehow attributed to Gates. With
that imprimatur, the original rules raced across cyberspace, showed up in thousands of
emails and websites, were picked up by newspapers and an assorted collection of
politicians and motivational speakers and commentators, including radio's Paul Harvey
and advice columnist Ann Landers - all attributing the rules to the Master of Software.
This was flattering and a bit exasperating. I enjoyed the fact that so many found the rules
valuable, but it was a mixed blessing when my own email box began to fill with the
brilliant insights of Bill Gates.
Eventually, the word got out that Gates was innocent of the deed and that the blame
rested solely with a guy named Sykes. Websites devoted to tracking down urban legends
actually devoted pages to debunking the Gates-link. One debunker, www.snopes.com
commented: "Why it's attributed to Gates is a mystery to us; it doesn't really sound the
least bit like something he would write. Possibly, the item the Internet-circulated version
of the list generally ends with ('Be nice to nerds') struck a chord with someone who
views Gates as the ultimate successful nerd of all time." That's as good a theory as I've
heard.
Peter O'Connor - Dundalk
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 7:27:19 AM

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Whoever is behind it - it's all good advice - writing as someone just about to turn 59 !
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 8:46:24 AM

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I didn't think it was really Bill Gates who wrote these rules, but decided to share the post anyway. I passed the rules to my two sons, who are, by accident, grown-up and well behaving modest citizens.
frosty rime
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 10:06:23 AM
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I will pass it on.
I will just remove Bill Gate's name.
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 10:10:37 AM
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Wow! The most stimulating thread in a while, for me.

Thanks, guys, I found the whole thing fascinating.
tootsie
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 10:43:45 AM

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Great stuff JJ - have passed it on (with glee!!!) - this'll be my sons: d'oh! mum.........!

Hope123
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Yeah, this urban legend attributed to Bill Gates went round the internet a few years ago. Shows how powerful this media is. (I recently received emails with different articles which were so outdated that the politician named as current had actually resigned in 2013 or earlier. They are still circulating from that time.)

The rules are good. Here are a couple more from Snopes -

Rule No. 12: Smoking does not make you look cool. It makes you look moronic. Next time you're out cruising, watch an 11-year-old with a butt in his mouth. That's what you look like to anyone over 20. Ditto for "expressing yourself" with purple hair and/or pierced body parts.

Rule No. 13: You are not immortal. (See Rule No. 12.) If you are under the impression that living fast, dying young and leaving a beautiful corpse is romantic, you obviously haven't seen one of your peers at room temperature lately.

Rule No. 14: Enjoy this while you can. Sure parents are a pain, school's a bother, and life is depressing. But someday you'll realize how wonderful it was to be a kid. Maybe you should start now. You're welcome.
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/schoolrules.asp#ej2l0mW9gg021pCq.99

My addition to rule 13 - I know it only only takes a second to text on the phone. That is also how long it takes for something to change in the road in front of you. And talking on the phone is also in the distracted driving category.
:::

In defence of teens, not all need these reminders. And teen behavior is actually implicated in making the human progress we enjoy and ensuring the survival of the human race. Note the last paragraph in the article from the link below. Edited to add the link when I found what I was looking for.

http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episodes/surviving-the-teenage-brain


::

And JJ, not wholly by accident, I am sure. (How's that grandbaby. Must be a toddler by now.)
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 11:22:53 AM

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Hope123 wrote:
In defense of teens, not all need these reminders. And teen behavior is actually implicated in making the human progress we enjoy.

Yes - I think these 'rules' are great, but children are meant to be children - noisy, active, bouncy, it is not a 'mental disorder' - teens are meant to be teens - it would be awful if they all acted like forty-year-olds! Nothing wrong with purple hair - my grandmother had purple hair in 1955!
Hope123
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 11:31:53 AM

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Good one, Dragon. My younger gran at about age twelve had a streak of purple hair for a couple of weeks. Her (actually fairly strict ) parents just laughed. She got tired of having to keep it up and it was gone shortly. I suspect she did it just to see their reaction. They pick their battles.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 11:49:10 AM

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Hope,
Noomi is now nearly four years old, and Leona will be two next Christmas Eve.



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early_apex
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 1:46:01 PM
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Beautiful children, JJ!

As to the rules, that list has certainly been around a long time, and the reference to a car phone sorta proves that.
Hope123
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 6:37:08 PM

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Gorgeous, JJ. And look at the love!

[May it be there always! :)]

My how time flies!
Verbatim
Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 7:35:01 PM
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Had it been good old Bill to proffer the rules he would have had 12.

Rule 12: You must be at the receiving end of monopoly if you want the giving end of philanthropy. Drool
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Hiya Hope!.

Beautiful grands JJ. Aren't they the most precious things ever? We can't get enough of ours. They go back home before that happens Whistle Bittersweet.


Hope123
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Hey, Abs. Glad you are enjoying your grans!

Our oldest is off to uni next year! They are so busy we hardly get to see them anymore. Good job we have Facetime and texting!
tootsie
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Hope123 wrote:
Gorgeous, JJ. And look at the love!

[May it be there always! :)]

My how time flies!


ditto
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