Gates gave a speech recently at a High School about things the kids
did not and will not learn in school. He talked about how feel-good
and politically correct teachings have created a generation of kids
with an unrealistic concept of reality and how this sets them up
for failure. Some points to ponder.
1: Life is not fair - get used to it!
2: The world doesn't care about your self-esteem. The world expects
you to ACCOMPLISH something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. And
you won't become a vice-president with a car phone until you EARN
4: If you think your teachers are tough, wait till you get a boss.
5: Flipping burgers is NOT beneath your dignity. Burger flipping
meant something different to your grandparents - they called it
6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault. So don't WHINE
about your mistakes, LEARN from them.
7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they
are now. They got that way from feeding you, paying your bills,
cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how COOL you
think you are. So before you try to save the rain forest from the
parasites of your parent's generation, try cleaning up your own
8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life
HAS NOT. They may have abolished failing grades and they may give
you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. But this
does not bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
9: Life is not divided into semesters. You won't get summers off.
And few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. You
can do that on your own time.
10: Television does NOT always portray real life. In real life,
real people have to actually leave the coffee shop and go to work.
11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll be working for one some