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Bill Gates' Advice to the Young
Worthwhile reading for anyone.  Love him or hate him,   he sure hits the nail on the head with this!

(OMED: This was sent to us by a friend. The founder of Microsoft made these points in a speech to students at Mt. Whitney Highschool in Visalia, California  A contrary claim is linked at the bottom..)

To anyone with kids of any age,  or anyone who has ever been a kid,  here's some advice Bill Gates recently dished out at a highschool speech   It's about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school -- about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no  concept of reality and how this concept set 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 $40,000 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 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!

OMED: We received another email that says Oregon Magazine has been duped.  Here's the source that made that claim.  If true, that means the friend who sent us the notice was the victim of the deception, not this publication.  That's why, when we print something from an email, we say it came in that way.  Anyone who needs a disclaimer beyond that doesn't get email. 

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