Class of 2008-congrats on your achievements. Whether they be in high school, college or graduate school–you have done well. So now what? You are entering a world filled with ideas and problems the likes of which you have really never encountered. It is likely (especially you Columbia grads) that liberal professors have attempted to fill you mind with ridiculous ideas of how the utopia they think the world should be actually operates. Forget it all. Instead, take heed to the words of Bill Gates. You know him–that evil capitalist that started a company in his garage and now could actually purchase Haiti, destroy it completely and not even miss the expense. THAT Bill Gates. He has this to say to the graduates-11 Rules of Life you did NOT learn in School:
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.
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.
Congrats Grads–now get out there and kick some butt!
UPDATE: Apparently Gates didn’t say these things–nevertheless, they are still true. So to the unknown author of this wisdom I say-Bravo!