Thursday, May 29, 2008

One Final Thought

I thought I would post once more before I head Up North as we people in Michigan put it.

In honor of of high school and college graduations everywhere, I thought I would post a speech given by Bill Gates at a high school graduation. It is the eleven things that they, the students, were not taught in high school. He talks about how the feel good, politically correct teachings of today have created classrooms of kids with no concept of reality and how the real world really works. Life is not a series of "That's Ok, I know you did your best" and "Good job!" for subpar work. Life doesn't work like that and this only sets them up for failure in the real world.

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

Happy Graduation and welcome to the real world.

1 comments....porters always have something to say!:

Peej said...

i might have to make some revisions to my graduation speech now :)

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