Not sure if the source is Bill Gates or if he is repeating the thoughts of Charles Sykes. But he talks about how feel-good, politically correct teaching has created a full generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept sets them up for failure in the real world. Either way the advice is good.
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 word for burger flipping-they called it opportunity.
Rule 6. If you mess up-it's not your parent's fault-so don't whine about your mistakes-learn from them.
Rule 7. Before your 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 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 done away with 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.
Rule 9. Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers and Christmas break off-and 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.