How do you want to live your life?

Give it to your children

on March 17, 2013

I recently read a very interesting piece of article that I would like to share with everyone. Before I taint your mind by giving you my take on this topic; I am going to let you read this piece first and have a think about it yourself. Here goes:

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a 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 does not care about your self-esteem. The world expects 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 til you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping; they call 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 and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rainforest 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 away 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.

So, how many of these points can you relate to and agree on? I must say I really agree with what he said! Sometimes, we do have to give our children a dose of reality. True, they may or may not ‘get’ it but we can at least try. In this way, they will not get a nasty shock when they begin their work life. Like I always said, we do underestimate what our children can understand. They are more IT savvy these days, so why can’t we assume that they will be able to understand these concepts as well?

Take a few moments and think about this now, are you really doing the younger generation a favour by not teaching them everything they need to know about their future? Preparing them for their work life through education is only one aspect of preparing them for the future. There are so much more we can impart to them. Everything takes time and patience. If I may present it to you in a different angle; imparting our wisdom to them is one of the reasons why we experience them. In this way, we can help them avoid certain roadblocks in life that we came across ourselves. Make sense? I hope that I have not confused you too much. But you know what? As long as you have your children’s interests in mind; you can never go wrong.

Happy parenting!


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