I was raised in the era before Women's Lib and the bra burners. This was also the era before the dreaded Politically Correct speech was invented. An era when parents were able to instill true values into their children.
I recently came across a book by Bill Gates in which he talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept sets them up for failure in the real world. I would like to share some of his rules wit you here.
Rules For Living
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 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 are. So before you save the 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
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.
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