Re: [gardeners] Message on Life

Martha Brown (
Mon, 17 Jan 2000 10:48:46 -0600


I have found there are a lot of adults who could benefit from
these messages too.  I especially like numbers 1 and 6.

M Brown
NW Oklahoma, USA
USDA Zone 6b,  Sunset Zone 35

----- Original Message -----
From: penny x stamm <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, January 17, 2000 12:32 AM
Subject: [gardeners] Message on Life

| .
| 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
| kids
| with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for
| 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
| RULE 3......You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars 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.
| He doesn't have tenure.
| RULE 5......Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your
| grandparents
| had a different word for burger flipping; they called it
| 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
| 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
| 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.
| [Penny, NY]
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