I recently became a Daddy to a miracle Baby
we named Malia Rose. For the first time in my life, I've just
come to realize why I do all of this crazy business called Health
Care Supply Chain Consulting. I've also come to realize that I
need to read these Rules of Life to her before she actually
needs to hear them.
This Section is for anyone with children of
any age. The following is advice that Bill Gates recently gave
during a High School speech outlining 11 things the kids did not
learn in school. He discussed with the starry-eyed graduates how
feel-good, politically-correct teaching has created a generation
of kids with no concept of reality and how this sets them up for
failure in the Real World.
Rule One - Life is
not fair. Get used to it.
- The world does not care about your self-esteem.
The world will expect you to accomplish something before
you feel good about yourself.
- You will not make $40,000 a year right
out of High School. Also, you won't be a vice-President with a
car phone until you earn both.
- If you think your teacher is tough, wait until
you get a boss. He (or she) won't have tenure.
- Flipping burgers is not beneath your
dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger-flipping:
They called it opportunity.
- It is not your parent's fault if you
mess up. So, don't whine about your mistakes - learn from
- Before you were born, your parent's 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 parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your
- Your school may have done away with winners
& losers, but life has not. In some schools, they have abolished
failing grades and they'll give you as many times as you need
to get the right answer. This practice doesn't bear the slightest
resemblance to anything in real life.
- Life is not divided into semesters. You don't
get summers off and very few employees are interested in helping
you find yourself. Do that on your own time.
- Television is not real life. In real
life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to
- Be nice to nerds. Chances are, you'll
end up working for one.
Mr. Gates closed his speech
by saying, "May you have enough happiness to make you sweet,
enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human
and enough hope to keep you happy."
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