Bill Gates – Life Changing Advice

11 Rules To Live By

 The advice below should be internalized by yourself, family and your children.  If the the world, starting with ourselves, would take these principles not as a convenient guideline but as a foundational underpinning for our actions to success, we could be today what we wish to be tomorrow. 

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a high school about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a 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 $60,000 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.

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 thought you were. 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 and video games are 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. 


*The incredible advice below did not originate from Bill Gates.  He used the borrowed advice well and has been given credit.  I used his name because his delivery of the message is what stood out to me.



0 thoughts on “Bill Gates – Life Changing Advice

  1. Anonymous

    That is a great list! I agree with most of the rules, with the exception of part of Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school.

    Having recently been enrolled in high school within the last 3 years I know a few individuals that have accomplished this. Sure, luck was in their favor but most importantly they were able to accomplish this by developing a deep passion for a particular subject during high school. Once they graduated, they were able utilize their skills for the real world. Granted, this scenario will not happen frequently but I don’t think its fair to tell students will not happen. I personally would like to see more focus and efforts applied to technical program within the Utah schools. I was able to experience and learn from the Jordan Applied Technology Center during high school which simulated my passion for Web Development. The JATC program was in its initial stages when I enrolled, but with the right organization I think these programs can really benefit our public school systems in Utah.

    Other than that, great post and keep up the excellent work!

  2. Rex Galbraith

    Great point Gabe. Kids now a day have the smarts to make a great income. I believe the message was to tell kids that you should not EXPECT to make $60,000.

    That rule could have been written better had Steve Jobs thought of it. :)

    Yes I agree that all kids should learn technical skills. Also I would add financial knowledge about mortages, car loans, and credit cards.

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