Thursday, September 9, 2010

lessons from Bill

Wow, it's been awhile!  Time to dust off this old blog and get back to it.  The funny thing is that I've really had nothing new or exciting to post recently.  It's been strangely calm and quiet around here, which is just what I like.  So, while things roll on, I'll leave you with this (which was posted on facebook and borrowed from kent summers below).  I hope to have more interesting things to say next time.  Or maybe not, but thanks for checking in anyway!  I'm still following and reading all of your blogs out there!!!

Bill Gates speech: 11 rules your kids did not and will not learn in school

by Kent Summers on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 7:34am

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it! 

Rule 2: The world doesn'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 $60,000 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. 

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 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. 

Rule 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. 

Rule 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. 

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.


  1. LOVE this!! I've been thinking of you - hope the transition back south has been smooth as can be.

    What a fun reminder this list is, too - so applicable for every age!

    HUGS to you! Shoot me an email if you want to chat! xoxo

  2. Just found your blog. Its so sweet and your little girl is too cute! This list is so true. I will have to bookmark it and save it for my son when he is older.

  3. OH i just read this list you posted to my husband!!! love it~~~ my favorite one was be nice to nerds... my oldest daughter just "labeled herself as a nerd" in her new school... which broke my heart that she felt she needed to put herself in a catagory but am SO beyond proud that she is gift in academics!!!! SO I am a proud mom of a nerd :)

  4. All true! Have a great week!
    How is preschool going?