Rules of Life for Youngsters and Beyond Eleven essential things you do (and don't) learn in school

A well known CEO of a Computer Software organisation – let's call him William Yates - gave a speech at a secondary school about eleven things the students did not and will not learn in school. He called them the Rules of Life.

He talked about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of children with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Whilst light-hearted in nature, it's sometimes worth remembering these 'rules' – even for later life – we all break some of them more than once. Accepting their validity makes it much easier to cope with life.

See what you think!

  1. Life is not fair get used to it!
  2. The world doesn't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.
  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.
  4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss
  5. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: They called it opportunity.
  6. If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
  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 parents' generation, try de-lousing the cupboard in your own room.
  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.
  9. Life is not divided into semesters or terms. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.
  10. Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
  11. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

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