The Rules of Life for New Graduates

Today, I'll be sharing these outside-the-class rules for the thousands of newly grads out there. Experience will teach them best about what real life is, but a little disclaimer of the world they'd soon be facing might be a little help, right?
Some have said this was from Bill Gates' talk to high school graduates but probably he did not say this unless he quoted Charles Sykes.

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 pesos a year right out of high school or college. 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 until 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 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 abolished failing grades; 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.


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  1. Adding to rule number 1, "Life is not fair, but mostly only for the short term."

    20-30 years down the line, you'd know who have been continuously saving, investing, and educating themselves... and those who work to just eat, buy stuff, and find entertainment.

  2. Blogging is the new poetry. I find it wonderful and amazing in many ways.

  3. These rules are right to the point! Each parent should save this list up to a certain time. And custom essay writing will help their children during further education.


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