Life Tips from Bill Gates

On Sundays, I always try to post something inspirational for the week ahead. This evening’s post is from something that I came across way back in 2004. I had just turned 17, I was a senior in high school, and I had big dreams. I read these life tips and printed them out to keep. I recently was searching through my house to find an old notebook and I found this page. I wanted to share it this week because even though it is dated, the advice still applies to today’s generation.

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 $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 until 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 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.


There you have it. Life tips from Bill Gates. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I have. What do you think about these tips? Leave a comment and let me know.

Have a wonderful, safe holiday, for those of you in the States.

Let’s make this week amazing!



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