Thursday, January 29, 2009

Rules of Engagement

According to Bill Gates:

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 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. (I need to interject here... This rule is not entirely true. If you become a teacher, you still get those vacations and summers, thank you very much!)

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.

I have posted this in my classroom. It is about time someone told these kids the way things really are. I am sick of them thinking they deserve life handed to them on a platter.

Life is hard, you wanna win, play harder.


Captain Dumbass said...

I love that you have that in your class room. Even though I went to school a long time ago, I could have used that hammered into me a few times.

Then again, I probably would have ignored it.

lbowa said...

I'm printing this and having it added to the interview packet we give out to college students interviewing for jobs.