American Red, White & Blue
in the CSC "Inspirational
Gates - Recent High School Speech
originally posted this speech as being given by Bill
Gates. But after the error was brought to my attention, I
felt that it was such good advice that I still wanted to
include it, with proper credit given!
was actually taken
the book "Dumbing Down our Kids" by educator
Charles J. Sykes.
things they did not teach and you will not learn in
Life is not fair - get used to it!
The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will
expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about
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
If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a
Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your
Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they
called it opportunity.
If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine
about your mistakes, learn from them.
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 parent's generation, try delousing the
closet in your own room.
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.
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.
Television is NOT real life. In real life people
have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.
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