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Updated on June 5, 2011

Rules of Life by Bill Gates

Most are familiar with billionaire Bill Gates founder of microsoft and a great guy with a good heart.

Bill Gates has some good tips for anyone, but they are great to share with teenagers or those who recently graduated from high school. The rules are Bill Gates. The pictures are mine.

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.

Bill Gates up close

Rule # 5

Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

(Image is me in my waitress uniform)

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 doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

(image is me as a teenager)

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.

(image is me as a teenager)

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.

(image is me and my stepbrother when I was a teenager)

Who will you be?

Sign my guestbbok - What do you think of these rules?

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      8 years ago

      Great post!

      Bill Gates!!!

      como ganhar dinheiro internet

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      8 years ago

      Good tips, but kind of depressing. I really expected to save the world. Now I realize it's all I can do to keep myself together. And I still think employers should care about the worker bees, but I've pretty much given up on that delusion too. I thought Rule #7 was funny.

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      9 years ago

      Bill Gates is the MAN! Great lens!

      Post more info on him, please!

      Awesome lens!!!

      Como Ganhar Dinheiro na Internet

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      9 years ago

      Great lens. Love #5 :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      10 years ago from United States

      #10 is definitely my favorite!!! Great lens! Do you think the younguns are listening?

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      Bambi Watson 

      10 years ago

      Great quotes!

    • needatitleokc profile image


      10 years ago

      Cute lens made me see how i thought when i was young

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      10 years ago

      Great lens. I agree: "Be nice to nerds"... I'm a physicist!

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      10 years ago

      Great lens. Funny and inspirational. Thanks for sharing :)


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      funwithtrains lm 

      10 years ago

      Nice lens -- 5 stars and a Digg (KwikLinks).

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      10 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens. I really enjoyed the picture of the nerd! ;))

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      10 years ago

      I like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs! Great advice here too.

    • Mortira profile image


      10 years ago

      Good advice for students! No wonder Bill's got more money than...anyone!

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      10 years ago from Royalton

      I'm sending these rules to my daughter in college.

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      10 years ago from Massachusetts

      Yes, these are all true...only experiencing life itself will tell you that! Bill Gates is an interesting guy, I'd love to know more about him.

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      10 years ago

      Heh, good rules :)

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      10 years ago

      I will be printing the rules out and will pin them on the children's bedroom door.

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      Trina Sonenberg 

      10 years ago from Nucla, Colorado

      Awesome lens! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanx for sharing.

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      MattTaylor LM 

      10 years ago

      The most interesting thing to me about Bill Gates is how he started his path to becoming a billionaire. You see, back in the late 1970s, taxes was too high for anyone who was a income generator. So the smartest and most determined folks started their own company and kept their wealth in stock shares in lieu of pay. And then when Ronald Reagan came in and defeated inflation and lowered taxes, that is when Bill Gates was able to start living like a king.

      Don't envy the rich folks... emulate them if you want to succeed...


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      Wendy Henderson 

      10 years ago from PA

      This is really great. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

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      Ruth Coffee 

      10 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Words of wisdom for sure. Your pictures are adorable and perfect for this lens!

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      JacquelineM LM 

      10 years ago

      Makes sense to me!

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      nightbear lm 

      10 years ago

      Interesting outlook, Works for him.

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      nightbear lm 

      10 years ago

      Interesting outlook, Works for him.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Definitely rules that I can relate to.

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      10 years ago

      Eheheheh... Great lens with great advises and funny too!

      I loved all the pictures, you have a beautiful smile :)

      Take care,



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