Wisdom From Bill Gag Gates

  • 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 teaching has created a full generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept sets 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 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.
    :sheep:

    Jim
    "The problem with designing vba code completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of a complete fool."

  • Yeah well it's all very well coming out with all that tripe when you've got $^billion in the bank.... :barf:


    Bill Gates.... married very well & lucked in on a gold strike... that's it - period... sorry Bill


    Don't get me wrong here... I'm no raving anti-Gates person.... but he aint no "guru" - he got lucky & got the sense to keep a good enough team around him to stay lucky


    My 2p (as ever - toungue firmly in cheek)


    Will

  • Quote

    Originally posted by AUSSIECOMM
    Hmmmmmmmmmm, certainly gives me, for one, a whole new perspective on Bill Gates!!!!! Not a bad sort after all.


    It's ok Aussie/Will, you can go back to disliking Bill. He didn't write it. Snopes is my friend. :)


    http://www.snopes.com/language/document/liferule.htm


    < snip &gt;
    This list is the work of Charles J. Sykes, author of the book Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good About Themselves But Can't Read, Write, Or Add. (The list has appeared in newspapers, although not necessarily in this book.) Many versions of this list omit the last three rules:



    Rule No. 12: Smoking does not make you look cool. It makes you look moronic. Next time you're out cruising, watch an 11-year-old with a butt in his mouth. That's what you look like to anyone over 20. Ditto for "expressing yourself" with purple hair and/or pierced body parts.
    Rule No. 13: You are not immortal. (See Rule No. 12.) If you are under the impression that living fast, dying young and leaving a beautiful corpse is romantic, you obviously haven't seen one of your peers at room temperature lately.


    Rule No. 14: Enjoy this while you can. Sure parents are a pain, school's a bother, and life is depressing. But someday you'll realize how wonderful it was to be a kid. Maybe you should start now. You're welcome.
    </ snip &gt;

  • What do you expect from the internet? Our x vice president has claimed that he invented the net!

    Jim
    "The problem with designing vba code completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of a complete fool."

  • Cheers Doug.... knew that guy Gates didn't have the ability to write something like that - after all, wasn't it him who said
    "64k should be enough for anyone" or something equally stupid... amazing :o

  • Quote

    Originally posted by WillR
    Cheers Doug.... knew that guy Gates didn't have the ability to write something like that - after all, wasn't it him who said
    "64k should be enough for anyone" or something equally stupid... amazing :o


    I think, "640k RAM is enough for anyone." But don't quote me on that, or I'll end up in a book, or worse a target of lawsuits by MS.:spin::tumble:


    Software: OpenOffice 3.0/NeoOffice 3.0 on Mac OS X 10.5.6
    Humanware: Older than dirt


    Old, slow, and confused - but at least I'm inconsistent!


    Rich
    (retired Excel 2003 user, 3.28.2008)

  • yeah yeah... I knew it was something like that..


    Still, quite a dumb comment for someone supposedly at the cutting edge of software design...


    My granfather used to build cars... (this was starting in 1896) - imagine if he'd said "15mph should be enough for anyone" .... where would we be ?? (probably still trying to get to work :biggrin: :biggrin: )


    Will

  • A few more gems of foresight and predictions:


    "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM - 1943


    "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." Popular Mechanics - 1949


    "I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year." The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall -1957


    "But what ... is it good for?" Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM commenting on the microchip - 1968


    "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp - 1977


    "DOS addresses only 1 Megabyte of RAM because we cannot imagine any applications needing more." Microsoft on the development of DOS - 1980



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    If only we could be so accurate!:tumble:


    Software: OpenOffice 3.0/NeoOffice 3.0 on Mac OS X 10.5.6
    Humanware: Older than dirt


    Old, slow, and confused - but at least I'm inconsistent!


    Rich
    (retired Excel 2003 user, 3.28.2008)

  • WillR -

    Quote


    I'm no raving anti-Gates person.... but he aint no "guru" - he got lucky & got the sense to keep a good enough team around him to stay lucky


    Remember that Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.:biggrin:


    Doug -


    Thanks for the last three. I have printed the first 11 out and posted them on the bulletin board here at home as a reminder to my sons and I of how to keep perspective on school and such. I will add the last three and repost the list now.:biggrin:

  • Quote

    Originally posted by WillR


    My granfather used to build cars... (this was starting in 1896) - imagine if he'd said "15mph should be enough for anyone" .... where would we be ?? (probably still trying to get to work :biggrin: :biggrin: )


    Will


    But what would the road toll be? And if we only had 640k, would our software be as full of superfluous code (read bugs) as it is now? :(

    If absence makes the heart grow fonder, and familiarity breeds contempt, perhaps my wife should live in Darwin?

  • Good list!


    A bit off base, but there was a song by Quindon Tarver (Everyones Free) that was full of good old style advice for young people.


    This song was brilliantly parodied by an Australian comedian John Safran. For the benefit of our overseas brethren who may not have caught this:


    NOT THE SUNSCREEN SONG


    Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of '98,
    People often ask me if I have any advice to offer
    And when they do, I tell them this:


    If you're unsure about what you're going to do with your life,
    Try to remember, some of the most interesting people didn't know what they were going to do at age twenty-two or even at forty, and nearly all of them are unemployed drug addicts forced to live on cat food.


    Also understand that friends will come and go, this is because of your irritating personality, nobody likes you. So if the only thing getting you thought the day is the misconception that people like you, end it now. (bang)


    Learn how to smoke Whinny Blues (OZ Cigarettes), if you're under aged, get an older kid to buy them for you.


    Get to really know your parents, they're good for money, milk them, then put them in an old people's home.


    Travel as often as you can, live in New York City once, live in Northern California once, never live in Adelaide, It's a hole.


    Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't, maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't, if you do have children, lock them under the stairs.


    Do one thing each day that scares you, sing, dance, jump in front of a car.


    Do not trust anyone who tries to update Sheakespear for the kids, and if you see Quindon Tarver in the street, punch him in the face for me.


    Chorus
    Brother and Sister, we can be free (smack)


    If you're worried about the way you look, try to remember, you're probably fatter than you think, maybe you should consider an eating disorder.
    Don't worry too much about the future. If you're nervous about an exam, ring up your school to schedule time, and make a bomb threat. If you're a girl, lie about period pains to get out of anything you don't want to do.
    Cheat if you think you can get away with it. Remember, someone with richer parents is getting private tuition.


    Shop-lift as often as you can, Shopping Centres factor shop-lifting into their prices, so if you don't do it, it's like they're getting money for free.


    When you're on work experience, steal a cab-charge, and take a Taxi to Perth.


    Wear sunscreen, but only if it's that coconut oil that gives you cancer.


    Keep your old love letters, if you see an old lover in the street, try to run them over in your car.


    Don't mess too much with your hair, or else by the time you're thirty-five, you'll look like Greg Matthews. (OZ Cricketer who does hair replacement commercials)


    Remember you can wear your underwear four times without washing them, Forwards, Backwards, inside-out Forwards, inside-out Backwards.


    Chorus twice
    (bang bang bang bang)


    Congregate in gangs around train stations and shopping centres, it's a free country, It's public space. Skateboard on War Memorials.


    Smoke in your School uniform.
    Set off car alarms.
    Plant Drugs on a teacher.
    Join a cult.
    Spike Drinks.
    Don't flush public toilets.
    Remember, only you will truly take care of you, so carry a concealed weapon.
    Don't wear your 'P' plates.
    Walk around with your eye lids rolled back.
    Touch your tongue on the tip of batteries.

    Be open to new love.
    Remember, you can't get pregnant the first time you have sex.


    Expect others to support you, it's easy to get the doll (Welfare) and still do cash in hand work.


    Respect your elders, when your grandma dies, have her stuffed.
    Be kind to your knees, you'll miss them when you're knee capped by a loan shark.


    Get revenge, don't forgive anyone for anything,
    But most of all, don't aim too high, you're probably only suited to an office or factory job.


    And trust me on the Whinny Blues.

  • Pesky
    I like your list a lot better than the one I posted.
    Thanks
    Jim

    Jim
    "The problem with designing vba code completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of a complete fool."