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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

11 Rules of Life

I have been way busy lately with work and kids. I am missing so much fodder out there to comment on too. Just my luck!

The below was erroneously credited to Bill Gates. It's really an excerpt from the book "Dumbing Down our Kids" by educator Charles Sykes. It’s a list of eleven things you did not learn in school and directed at high school and college grads.

He hits the nail on the head with these 11 Rules:

Life is not fair - get used to it.

The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice president with car phone, until you earn both.

If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure.

Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping they called it Opportunity.

If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault so don't whine about your mistakes. Learn from them.

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 parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

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.

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.

Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

Are any of these incorrect?



Chuck said...

Hey, Dude:
Its good to see you back. I would add one thing to the 11 rules: You are your own worst enemy, make peace with yourself.

I've been getting a kick out of Obama's gaffs lately. He is developing a bad case of foot in mouth disease. Too bad the MSM are downplaying his ignorance. It will catch up with him bye and bye.


Meg said...

Hello darlin' this post! I have been trying to follow you on twitter, no luck...

Can you make me Bikini Martini?

A-6Dude said...

@Chuck...good call. There are enough folks out there willing to go to war with you for nothing, it seems, so why make war with yourself.

@Meg... I will rustle up a Bikini Martini recipe and leave it on your site. Look for it soon.

Tigress said...

Missed your posts. Nice to see you back. Loved this post. They/we have taken all the bumps and bruises out of growing up. When I grew up there was no such thing as knee pads and helmets for riding a bike.