Lazy post: surprised by the Mail

I take it all back. Sometimes there is something useful in the Daily Mail. Alison Pearson reports some nuggets of wisdom Bill Gates gave to US high school pupils:

  1. Life is not fair – get used to it!
  2. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
  3. You will NOT make £30,000 a year right out of high school.
  4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
  5. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: opportunity.
  6. If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes — learn from them.
  7. Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills and listening to you talk about how cool you are.
  8. Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT.
  9. Life is not divided into terms. You don’t get summers off, and very few employers are interested in helping you ‘find yourself’. Do that in your own time.
  10. TV is not real life. In real life, people have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
  11. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one!
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2 Responses to “Lazy post: surprised by the Mail”


  1. 1 Will July 2, 2008 at 10:33 am

    I agree with the sentiment, but Allison Pearson should be strung up; she’s dreadful – the archetypal lazy journalist.

  2. 2 oldvic July 3, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Dreadful is a virtue on the wrong side of Fleet Street.


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