Every once in a while I stray from my normal blog entry topic but only when I feel it is a worthwhile read. I never discuss political views, I never air dirty laundry, but I do love this speech that Bill Gates gave. I was raised to respect others, to understand the value of a dollar, to work hard for what I want in life, to pay my gift forward and inspire others to help them reach their goals. I had great role models in my parents and sisters and  I thank God I grew up not having things handed to me on a silver platter.

#5 below is my favorite because my sister and I would get up at the “butt crack” of dawn at the age of 13 to clean a restaurant which included scraping shrimp guts and grease off the floor. Carrie and I saved up $9,000 by the time we were seniors in highschool (and that was over 20 years ago!). To all those parents out there that prepare their children for the real world and ensure they volunteer at a young age to show them the value of humanity I thank you. To my parents and sisters I look at you every day as my heroes and inspiration. Hope you enjoy the read.

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


4 Responses to “REALITY!”

  1. Amen Sister! I am going to make my kids read this… especially #6! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Oh also… we had to mop up the congealed blood of all the restaurant’s meat that was stored in the walk-in concrete refrigerator and clean the urinals after being defiled by all the drunks the night before. I wish I chose to flip burgers! Paris Hilton would have thought she went to hell if she did that! Ha, Ha! Thanks again my wonderful sister!

  3. Double Amen! You are spot on! I will never forget working in the chicken nugget & curly fry stand at Dorney Park…in Care Bear land…without air conditioning. Care Bears are pure evil 🙂 That was the easy job compared to shoveling snow, mowing lawns and waxing cars to earn a buck. Gosh, I sound like my Dad…but that’s awesome! So glad I didn’t have to work where you gals did though.

  4. Pssst. Someone named Charles J. Sykes actually wrote that list.

    I like rule 12 the best!

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