Monday, May 16, 2011

Remember when...

Remember when your grandma and grandpa would tell you how they walked to school 5 miles uphill both ways? Remember when your mom told you not to make that face or else it would freeze that way? Remember when you got to college and people said you would act like a kindergardner? Remember when you thought you knew it all and then 5 years later you realized you knew nothing?
Life experiences take us from one stop to another on our journey of life. Advice is a tool to help you along. Some pieces are worthless like that little allen wrench in the build it yourself furniture. Some pieces are an everyday need like a pair of scissors. We should pass on the good advice to help those who need it and save our opionion when others should find their own truths.
I know I sound old when I say "It was so different when I ______", but it really was. Computers didn't email, cell phones were in bags and no one knew what text messaging was. I want to change with the times, but I also want to remember when. One piece that I read rang so true to me. It is attributed to a speech from Bill Gates where he lays it out for those students about to step into the "real world". Please take what you like and leave what don't, but in the end "remember when".

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 university. 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. She 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

·Attributed to a speech by Bill Gates

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