The real rules of life

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This is attributed to Bill Gates speaking to high school students. While I have no idea if that's true or not, I do agree with every one of these rules!

If you have kids - these should be on your fridge.

xxx scarlett


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

Rule 2: The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem. It expects 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.

Posted at 8:44pm Nov 8, 2007 EST


Yup, words to live by!

Posted at 8:45pm Nov 8, 2007 EST

emmbob says

Great, I love it :)

Posted at 8:46pm Nov 8, 2007 EST

This is great
I'm gonna read it to my kids

Posted at 8:46pm Nov 8, 2007 EST

AuntieTam says


Posted at 8:47pm Nov 8, 2007 EST

awesome and totally on point!

Posted at 8:47pm Nov 8, 2007 EST

Wise and succinct ... good advice for all!

Posted at 8:47pm Nov 8, 2007 EST

ooooh, i am so tempted to post this in my classroom, but i don't know if administration would take kindly to it.

Posted at 8:48pm Nov 8, 2007 EST

I LOVE IT!!!! Going to print that and hand it over to my 15 yr old!

Posted at 8:48pm Nov 8, 2007 EST

An add on to Rule #2 - Setting goals and accomplishing them is what CAUSES of self esteem!

Posted at 8:49pm Nov 8, 2007 EST