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    Bill Gates rules for life, work, success

    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 thousand 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 until 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 flipping: they called it opportunity.

    Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine.

    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; they’ll give you as many chances 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.

    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.

    Bill Gates (1955- ), Microsoft founder, offers advice to high school and college graduates about to enter the real world. Business@The Speed of Thought: Using Digital Nervous System (1999).

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