View Full Version : "OFF TOPIC"Bill Gates Speech to a High School in CA

15-11-2003, 09:47 PM
I thought I had seen this article on P/f1 some time ago but didn't find it in archives?

Anyway,some of our new young blood might get something out of it?

BILL GATES' SPEECH TO MT. WHITNEY HIGH SCHOOL IN VISALIA, CA. Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this speech. To anyone with kids of any age, here's some advice. 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 teachers created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept sets them up for failure in the real world. (How true and so sad.)
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 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 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 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 does not 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. If you agree, pass it on..........


15-11-2003, 10:04 PM
yeah i read that.
Its in about 1/2 my classes at my high school.
I like the last line:
>Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

Coming from him!

15-11-2003, 11:35 PM
Uhuh... Big Bill sits in his office, controlling the media, controlling the governments, and controlling your life (that's in the future).

But working for nerds? Hardly suits, if you ask me. Most bosses are there because they are tough and demanding, and get results - whether their employees like it or not. Or perhaps I'm just thinking of nerds as in "computer nerds". It should really be "geeks", if you're going to be working for them, but even then - geeks don't suit the authoritative boss position IMO.

16-11-2003, 12:28 AM
Im sure Merlin posted this a while back whilst making a snide comment to a fellow PF1'er IIRC.

Dictionary.com says this:

nerd also nurd ( P ) Pronunciation Key (nrd)
n. Slang
1. A foolish, inept, or unattractive person.
2. A person who is single-minded or accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits but is felt to be socially inept.


n : a student who studies excessively [syn: swot, grind, wonk]

And lastly:

n. 1. [mainstream slang] Pejorative applied to anyone
with an above-average IQ and few gifts at small talk and ordinary
social rituals. 2. [jargon] Term of praise applied (in conscious
ironic reference to sense 1) to someone who knows what's really
important and interesting and doesn't care to be distracted by
trivial chatter and silly status games. Compare the two senses of
computer geek.

The word itself appears to derive from the lines "And then, just to
show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo / And Bring Back an It-Kutch, a Preep
and a Proo, / A Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker, too!" in the
Dr. Seuss book "If I Ran the Zoo" (1950). (The spellings `nurd' and
`gnurd' also used to be current at MIT.) How it developed its
mainstream meaning is unclear, but sense 1 seems to have entered
mass culture in the early 1970s (there are reports that in the
mid-1960s it meant roughly "annoying misfit" without the connotation
of intelligence).

An IEEE Spectrum article (4/95, page 16) once derived `nerd' in its
variant form `knurd' from the word `drunk' backwards, but this
bears all the hallmarks of a bogus folk etymology.

Hackers developed sense 2 in self-defense perhaps ten years later,
and some actually wear "Nerd Pride" buttons, only half as a joke.
At MIT one can find not only buttons but (what else?) pocket
protectors bearing the slogan and the MIT seal.

Then there's NERD acronym's:


Dolby Digital
16-11-2003, 10:02 AM
Philosopher Bill...

>>The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Who is "The World" anyway... me, you, the guy next door. We seem to live in a society that doesn't care for your fellow man/woman, its a compeditive, business orientented, take what I can get and move on world.

16-11-2003, 08:08 PM
> Who is "The World" anyway... me, you, the guy next
> door. We seem to live in a society that doesn't care
> for your fellow man/woman, its a competitive,
> business orientated, take what I can get and move on
> world.

Well Dolby, there is nothing novel in that. The concept of social welfare as a responsibility of the State (ie. all of us) only took hold in the 20th century. For the previous 5000 years society was dog eat dog. Yes, it was ameliorated by charitable works from time to time largely due to religious enlightenment but nevertheless, life was brutal, short, and ugly until very recently.
In fact outside the West, it remains that way today.

I think Bill Gates is merely saying that society does not owe individual members a living without effort. Furthermore, the individual owes a duty to contribute to and respect all other members. That is how a society exists.

I am all in favour of the State providing for our helpless members because it would be a pitiless world otherwise. The problem is that too many today expect provision as of right.

Incidentally Gates is one of the most generous philanthropists in the world.

16-11-2003, 08:38 PM
Which American PR Company wrote this ?

16-11-2003, 09:11 PM
Well, yes, but if you read the sort of stuff on totse, then you begin to wonder about the world.

Just wonder, of course, not much speculation at the moment, and I'm wary of adopting the ideas (as good as they might sound) put forth there.

For instance, an assassination attempt on Bill Gates (whose name comes from some novel involving a circus/clown), involving the Illuminati, Unknown Superior (resides in the 7th MS building, a pentagonal shape), some weird group (IAP?), federal agents, oh, and of course an alien.

Dolby Digital
16-11-2003, 11:40 PM
>>Incidentally Gates is one of the most generous philanthropists in the world.
Is he taking from the rich to give to the poor or the other way around :D
I think I will go and buy another Porsche.

17-11-2003, 09:27 AM
D'ya reckon? I think Porsche are over-rated. When Bill gets to me, I'll be satisfied with a Lexus and a Ducati.

Dolby Digital
17-11-2003, 10:03 AM
Ducati 851 would do me just fine.

17-11-2003, 10:51 AM
> Which American PR Company wrote this ?
Haven't you heard? He's giving MS Windows away with every PC sold. ;)

17-11-2003, 04:32 PM
Are you mad ?

Lexus is try hard european !

17-11-2003, 04:42 PM
The Lexus name is actually derived from:
Limited Edition eXport to the United States, as applied to Toyota vehicles.

17-11-2003, 07:41 PM
Whats with people and boring cars these days !