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Bill Gates’ 11 Rules of Life
by David Emery
Updated November 24, 2017
Circulating via email and social media, the text of a speech allegedly given to high school graduates by Bill Gates in which he sets out his “11 rules for life” to help them succeed in the real world.
Viral text / Forwarded email
Falsely attributed to Bill Gates (details below)
Email Text, February 8, 2000:
Bill Gates’ 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 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 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 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; 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 summer 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.
Whether you regard the above as a much-needed dose of realism or an unnecessarily vituperative browbeating, the main thing you need to know is that former Microsoft chairman Bill Gates neither wrote these words nor delivered them in a speech to high school students, or anyone else, ever.
I repeat: Bill Gates did not write these words or deliver them in a speech. On occasions when he has spoken to graduates, his message has been altruistic and positive, and his tone inspirational, not scolding. Mr. Gates may or may not agree with all or some of these “rules of life,” we don’t know, but we do know he didn’t come up with them.
As frequently happens when texts are copied and shared over time, something written by one person has come to be attributed to another — someone more famous, as is often the case. In this instance, the displaced text is a pared-down version of an op-ed piece written by education reformer Charles J.
Sykes, best known as the author of Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good about Themselves, but Can’t Read, Write, or Add. The op-ed was originally published in the San Diego Union-Tribune in September 1996. It began making the email rounds under Bill Gates’ name in February 2000 and has continued to do so ever since.
Sources and Further Reading
Some Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School
San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 September 1996
Some rules kids won’t learn in school
Text By Charles J. Sykes
Printed in San Diego Union Tribune
September 19, 1996
Unfortunately, there are some things that children should be learning in
school, but don’t. Not all of them have to do with academics. As a modest
back-to-school offering, here are some basic rules that may not have found
their way into the standard curriculum.
Rule No. 1: Life is not fair. Get used to it.
The average teen-ager uses the phrase, “It’s not fair” 8.6 times a day. You got it from your parents, who said it so often you decided they must be the most idealistic generation ever. When they started hearing it from their own kids, they realized Rule No. 1.
Rule No. 2: The real world won’t care as much about your self-esteem as much as your school does.
It’ll expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself. This may come as a shock. Usually, when inflated self-esteem meets reality, kids complain it’s not fair. (See Rule No. 1)
Rule No. 3: Sorry, you won’t make $40,000 a year right out of high school.
And you won’t be a vice president or have a car phone either. You may even have to wear a uniform that doesn’t have a Gap label.
Rule No. 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait ’til you get a boss.
He doesn’t have tenure, so he tends to be a bit edgier. When you screw up, he’s not going to ask you how you feel about it.
Rule No. 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.
Your grand-parents had a different word of burger flipping. They called it opportunity. They weren’t embarrassed making minimum wage either. They would have been embarrassed to sit around talking about Kurt Cobain all weekend.
Rule No. 6: It’s not your parents’ fault. If you screw up, you are responsible.
This is the flip side of “It’s my life,” and “You’re not the boss of me,” and other eloquent proclamations of your generation. When you turn 18, it’s on your dime. Don’t whine about it, or you’ll sound like a baby boomer.
Rule No. 7: Before you were born your parents weren’t as boring as they are now.
They got that way paying your bills, cleaning up your room and listening to you tell them how idealistic you are. And by the way, before you save the rain forest from the blood-sucking parasites of your parents’ generation, try delousing the closet in your bedroom.
Rule No. 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers.
Life hasn’t. In some schools, they’ll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. Failing grades have been abolished and class valedictorians scrapped, lest anyone’s feelings be hurt. Effort is as important as results. This, of course, bears not the slightest resemblance to anything in real life. (See Rule No. 1, Rule No. 2 and Rule No. 4)
Rule No. 9: Life is not divided into semesters, and you don’t get summers off.
Not even Easter break. They expect you to show up every day. For eight hours. And you don’t get a new life every 10 weeks. It just goes on and on. While we’re at it, very few jobs are interesting in fostering your self-expression or helping you find yourself. Fewer still lead to self-realization. (See Rule No. 1 and Rule No. 2.)
Rule No. 10: Television is not real life.
Your life is not a sitcom. Your problems will not all be solved in 30 minutes, minus time for commercials. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop to go to jobs. Your friends will not be as perky or pliable as Jennifer Aniston.
Rule No. 11: Be nice to nerds.
You may end up working for them. We all could.
Rule No. 12: Smoking does not make you look cool.
It makes you look moronic. Next time you’re out cruising, watch an 11-year-old with a butt in his mouth. That’s what you look like to anyone over 20. Ditto for “expressing yourself” with purple hair and/or pierced body parts.
Rule No. 13: You are not immortal.
(See Rule No. 12.) If you are under the impression that living fast, dying young and leaving a beautiful corpse is romantic, you obviously haven’t seen one of your peers at room temperature lately.
Rule No. 14: Enjoy this while you can.
Sure parents are a pain, school’s a bother, and life is depressing. But someday you’ll realize how wonderful it was to be a kid. Maybe you should start now.