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And to our graduating seniors: welcome to the real world ...

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The following list of 11 rules is attributed to Microsoft chairman Bill Gates. In a search of the Internet we weren't able to prove that he actually made a speech to an unnamed high school listing the rules below. Actually it's not important that Gates made the speech, or that it has simply become an urban legend perpetuated by the Internet. Rather, the message is interesting and probably quite accurate.
   Gates allegedly talked 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. These are the 11 rules:
   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 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 are. 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.
   And now that you have rules to live by ... you also have our congratulations and best wishes for the coming years.