What you didn't learn in school
For high school and college graduates, here is a list of 11 things they did
not learn in school. In his book, Bill Gates talks about how feel-good,
politically correct teachings created a full generation of kids with no
concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real
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 thousand dollars a year right out of
high school. You won't be a vice president with a car phone, until you earn
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 had a different word for burger flipping; they called it
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 are. So before you save
the rain forest from the parasites of your parents' 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; 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