11 Rules For A Smart Life

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My dad sent me an e-mail 4 years ago when I started working for him. Honestly, I did not take my job seriously for most of the time. I only worked because I wanted to earn money. The e-mail was about the 11 rules of Bill Gates. (I searched the internet and found out that it's originally by Charles Skyes)

To this day, these rules has been my main reminder about the reality of life but rule number 4 really enlightened me. Allow me to share these 11 Rules For A Smart Life:

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!


"The problem isn’t that life is unfair – it’s your broken idea of fairness" 
Life is a competition. You may disagree and I totally respect that. But I bet that you have said, "Life is unfair", some time in your life. 

That business you work for? Someone’s trying to destroy it. That job you like? Someone would love to replace you with a computer program. That girlfriend / boyfriend / high-paying job / Nobel Prize that you want? So does someone else. People dress up to win partners. They go through interviews in order to acquire jobs. If you deny that competition exists, then you are already losing. Everything in demand is on a competitive scale and the best is only available to those who are willing to fight for it. However, you should compete in a healthy and dignified way.

Rule 2: The world doesn't care about your self-esteem. 


The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. In fact, the key to self-esteem is your accomplishments. Accomplishments, however, is very difficult to achieve. But one must take the risks. The worst thing one can do is to give up.

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.


Who doesn't wish to earn a big amount of money? I wished for that, too! But we have to accept that we need to work laboriously in order to get what we want. You will appreciate your achievements more if it's earned and not given.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss.
 

Tired of studying? Think about your future. Tired of that strict teacher who gives a lot of homework? Wait until you get a boss!

Rule 5: Flipping burgers are not beneath your dignity. 

Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: They called it opportunity. Nothing is worse than missing an opportunity that could have changed your life. The problem is, we sometimes wait for an extraordinary opportunities without noticing that time is passing quickly. Everyday gives us an opportunity that we should not waste.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault.


Don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them. Stop blaming others for your failures. Stop the hate and start to appreciate.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They may act that way because they always pay your bills, clean your clothes and hears 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. 

After college, you would most likely not get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you. SEARCH 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. Treat everyone with politeness, not because they are nice but because you are.

Last reminder:
Don't work for money. Work to learn. Work for knowledge.

Share your thoughts and comment below! Stay sharp!

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