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To anyone with kids of any age, or anyone who has ever been a kid, here's some advice  Bill Gates recently dished out at a high school speech about 11 things they did not learn in school.  He  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 world.
 
 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 both.
 
 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 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 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 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.
 

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