When it comes to getting ahead in life, I think Bill Gates, formerly the World's Richest Man (for over 11-years) should know what he's talking about. Although Gates forced MSN onto us instead of letting us use open source software, Gates has been one of the biggest indivudal creators of wealth in history and for this, he deserves much credit.
Not sure if this is really Gates, but I think something he could well have said and something all of us, particularly school leavers in Singapore could well learn.
ELEVEN RULES OF LIFE:-
Rule 1 --> Life is not fair>>> Get used to it.
Rule 2 --> The world won't care about your self-esteem & will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3 --> You will NOT make $40,000 a year - right out of high school & won't be a vise-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 parent's 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 & 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 & 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 & go to work.
Rule 11 --> Be nice to nerds, Chances are you'll end up working for one