Monday, April 09, 2007

With Your Big Brains, and Your 'Know How'

Diggin' thru my old college SHIT, I found a nice paper that one of my favorite CS teachers gave us back in the day as a class, which further influences my disdain for academia.

Here it goes .....

Things you Didn't Learn in School
By Bill Gates

For college graduates, here is a list of things you didn't learn in school. In his book, Bill talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a full generation of people with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in 'the real world.'

Life is not fair; get used to it.

The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

You will NOT make a lot of money right out of school. You won't be a vice president with a car phone, until you EARN both.

If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He / she doesn't have tenure.

If you mess up, it's not someone else's fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Your school may have done away with winners and loser, but life hasn't. In some schools they have abolished failing grades; they'll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. The doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

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.

Television is NOT real life. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one (and they are the ones who come back to the school reunion rich and famous!)

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