BILL GATES OF Microsoft fame and one of the richest men in the world gave a talk to high school students and offered 11 things they did not learn in school.
Following Bill Gates' remarks I have given my ad lib in bold. I say Go For It Young America, You Will Make It Big.
1. Life is not fair, get used to it! Says Bill Gates.
If you have a good cause you have a good effect, if you have a bad cause you have a bad effect. That is what life is all about.
Adds Herb Beierle.
2. The world won't care about your
selfesteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
At home practice saying, I like me. Practice saying before a mirror,
I am God, God I am. Practice saying, I am a good and decent person, I love everyone in the world, for I have created everyone in the
world. That builds selfesteem.
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.
Within YOU is a genius waiting to leap forth into action. Call upon this genius and watch the ripple you make in your world. Expect great things but be prepared to give great things for what you get.
4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure.
A good student does not depend on a good teacher. A good student and no teacher is dynamite. A good student and a good teacher is world shaking. A good student does not berate the teacher or the system. A good student excels because the student is GOOD!
5. Flipping burgers are not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping, they called it opportunity.
Humility cannot be taught. Humility can be learned. People with humility are the world's greatest leaders and achievers.
6. If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
One who makes no mistakes is not doing anything.
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.
Successful human beings plant a tree instead of bemoaning those torn down. Those worthy of being members of the human race are those who applaud the good and reach out to lift those who have fallen.
8. Your school 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.
As you go along, give your best in all areas of life. Make the most of your time in school, be thankful for the time and wisdom of your teachers and the system. Learn to be a good loser, but more, learn to give dedication, diligence, determination and discipline to whatever you do and you will be a winner-every time. You fail because you do not apply yourself. You PASS because you did your homework and asked questions. Life demands the best out of each of us and will accept no less. The winners give their best always.
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.
To moan about your "rights" is the sure sign of a loser. To get out there and earn your place in the sun is the sure sign of a winner. Do it on your own time. Listen in school. Practice outside of school as well as inside of school-then you will shine IN school and OUT.
10. Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Live in a world of fantasy but make the fantasy powerful and beneficial to your goals for yourself. Visualize yourself a winner, visualize yourself filled with energy and wisdom. Visualize yourself the top of your class. These fantasies will develop in you the miracle of your master self. Who needs coffee anyway!
11. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.
One of the choicest lessons we can learn in life is not to judge others in ANY way. Not to possess the substance of others. Not to be touched by the steps others take to achieve their way in life. Our path is solely our own.
Uniquely our own. So as we walk our path in life, while we may not be a nerd, we can be sure we will BE OURSELVES and in the process of being ourselves we will HAVE FUN!
Like yourself. Like your world. Like your creation. Like all. For you created it.
-Dr Herbert L Beierle