[gardeners] Message on Life

penny x stamm (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Mon, 17 Jan 2000 01:32:23 -0500

For recent high school and college graduates, here is a list of 11 things
they did not learn in school. In his book, Bill Gates talks about how
feel-good, politically correct teachings created a full generation of
with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure
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
school. You won't be a vice president with a car phone, until you earn

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
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
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;
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
to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

RULE 11.....Be nice to nerds.  Chances are you'll end up working for one.

[Penny, NY]

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