10 Rules – What They Don’t Teach You At School

I came across a post that was attributed to Bill Gates about a speech he gave at a school.  Sadly, it has been wrongly referenced to Bill, but regardless of this the messages still rang true with me.  So I have taken these 10 rules and adapted them to fit better in the UK.  So for anyone who is leaving university or college these are not meant to be condescending or patronising, but these are the rules for life that school/college/university doesn’t teach you.


Life is not fair – get used to it.  Life also does not owe you a living.  If you want something out of life, you have to go and make it happen.


The  world will not care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.  You may think you are amazing, but it means nothing if no-one else agrees.


You will NOT make 30 thousand pounds a year right out of College or University.  You won’t be a Vice President with a company car, phone or laptop until you earn it.  Sadly, your qualifications are one piece of the pie, another significant piece is experience.  You may think your undervalued and you may be right, but without experience you can’t prove otherwise.  Put the hours in.


If  you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure, and get’s nowhere near the same holidays.


Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents and parents had a different word for burger flipping, they called it Opportunity.  You have to start at the bottom and work your way up


If  you mess up, which you will.  It’s not your parents’ or colleagues’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.


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.


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.  But bare in mind the time you have away at the beginning is giving all of your competition the advantage in work experience.  In most careers “Life experience” doesn’t count for much.


Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to  jobs.

RULE 10:

Be  nice to Nerds and Geeks. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

I went through these rules with my best mate from School before I published this and we were both agreeing with all of the points.  He maybe wasn’t so keen on the last one, but we were both in agreement about one thing in particular.  When you find yourself agreeing with the rules above, you know you’re getting old.  What do you think?  Do you agree with the above rules or are they a bit grumpy old men ish?

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