September 18, 2018
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw
Over the last year or so my wife and me have benefited from the help provided by our three children. It is almost as if they have become our parents. My wife has to get the credit for how great they have turned out as she often was both mother and father as they were growing up since business often kept me away for extended periods.
Their skill, competence and unbelievable support have resulted in my wife and my making the transition into the next phase of our lives fairly easy, I am truly blessed by my wonderful family and their gracious help.
I recently read the following and it reminded me of our children when they were growing up. They did not need Gates’ advice for they behaved as he suggests with the counsel provided by their mother.
Bill Gates on life
Primarily by Bill Gates
To anyone with kids, of any age, or anyone who has ever been a kid, here’s some advice Bill Gates dished out at a high school speech about 11 things they did not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good politically correct teachings created a full generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.
- 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 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 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 (nor are video games). 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.
Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no one is watching.
Randall G Leighton
Louise was describing her new apartment to her mother. “Mom, you’ve got to come and see it. It’s gorgeous! Great sitting room and the bedroom is exquisite. The kitchen is a model of efficiency and the bathroom…well, all I can say is…the bathroom is out of this world!”
There was a pause, then her mother remarked, “Isn’t that a little inconvenient?”
Believe it, those were sad days!
In the winter of 1926, Thelma Goldstein from Chicago treated herself to her first real vacation in Florida. Being unfamiliar with the area, she wandered into a restricted hotel in North Miami.
“Excuse me,” she said to the manager. “My name is Mrs. Goldstein, and I’d like a small room for two weeks.”
“I’m awfully sorry,” he replied, “but all of our rooms are occupied.” Just as he said that, a man came down and checked out.
“What luck,” said Mrs. Goldstein. “Now there’s a room.”
“Not so fast, Madam. I’m sorry, but this hotel is restricted. No Jews allowed.”
“Jewish? Who’s Jewish? I happen to be Catholic.”
“I find that hard to believe. Let me ask you, who was the Son of God?”
“Jesus, Son of Mary.”
“Where was he born?”
“In a stable.”
“And why was he born in a stable?”
“Because a schmuck like you wouldn’t let a Jew rent a room in his hotel!”
“The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.”
A woman was driving down the highway about 75 miles an hour, when she noticed a motorcycle policeman following her. Instead of slowing down, she picked up speed. When she looked back again, their were two motorcycles following her. She shot up to 90 miles. The next time she looked around, there were three cops following her.
Suddenly, she spotted a gas station looming ahead. She screeched to a stop and ran into the lady’s room. Ten minutes later, she innocently walked out.
The three cops were standing their waiting for her. Without batting an eye, she said coyly, “I’ll bet none of you thought I would make it.”
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
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