Some things are worth repeating…
I have no idea whether or not Bill Gates is really associated with this photo (and rules) but I have included the link where I found the photo below it.
Not trying to be profound here… just a few observations based on my 45 years of life here on earth.
Rule #1: My parents always used to say that “life is not fair” – what one sibling gets another may not. Everyone does not earn the same income or get the same things. That is life. You get what you get and you get what you work for and sometimes you don’t. You may do everything you are supposed to do and there is a chance that things will not go your way. Everyone does not win.
Rule #2: When you get hired into a position you are hired to do a job. The assumption is that you are qualified to do that work and unless you are hired into an internship position where the expectation is that you will be trained on the job. You should be able to perform prior to being patted on the back for completing the work you were hired to do in the first place. Grow up.
Rule #3: This one always gets me. I actually was miffed by a comment from a former friend that they would not work for less than a specified amount – more than I was currently making in a higher level position than what she was looking at. Never mind that the person had not held a job in over six years… I had worked continuously from the time I was a teenager. We both had the same level of education in a comparable discipline. Awesome if you can land that dream job with the income you want but not very realistic to expect it right out of the gate. Good luck with that one!
Rule #4: ‘nough said! I’m a tough teacher and a tough boss. I expect nothing less from my teachers and boss’.
Rule #5: As I look at the start of a new year (2012) there is a very real possibility that I will also be looking for a job this year. Academics being what it is I may not be “retained” in my current position. I am also looking at moving in with my parents mid-year to assist with caring for their needs. Am I concerned or afraid that I will not be able to find adequate work? Even with the economy the way it is and the employment issues in the area, I am confident that I will be able to find employment (or create it). I am not above work that would be considered “lower” than what I have been trained to do and I am not opposed to earning less than what I have been earning. So many people focus on “climbing the ladder” that when tough times hit they are too proud to take the position that will pay their bills. I am not.
Rule #6: Agreed… mistakes are learning opportunities unless you ignore the learning and continue to make the same mistakes. That is your fault, no one elses.
Rule #7: Not really much to say here. I am often disgusted by the attitudes that prevail in today’s society. I am thankful for everything that my parents have done for me and for the world. When I look at the protests and “statements” being made by folks today I have to remember that I can make a difference, but I’ll do it like my parents did. I will lead by example and be the best citizen that I am capable of being. I run across “kids” that complain about their parents and how unfair they are… my parents used to say that we were welcome to take care of ourselves if we didn’t like how they were taking care of us. Thank you mom and dad for your awesome learning lessons!
Rule #8: Again, enough said!
Rule #9: While I personally enjoy my Summers off from work (now), I have also worked multiple jobs at a time just to keep up with my lifestyle. My normal work week is pretty much 24/7… I work very hard during the school year and then I enjoy my “time off” in the summers – yet I am always working. My goal is to create employment for myself where I am the master of my time – we’ll see if that comes to fruition (see Life List).
Rule #10: True… if people have time to sit around complaining about what is wrong with the world they have time to do something about it.
Rule #11: Some of my best friends are “nerds”… but I won’t be working for them. If Bill Gates actually wrote these rules this must be a jab at all those “cool kids” who poked fun at him.
I love my life. I appreciate the trials and tribulations that I have experienced. I am learning from those “opportunities”.
Happy New Year!
Posted on January 1, 2012, in Blogging, LIFE LIST, LIVING and tagged Life Lessons, Rules of Success, thanking my parents, things your children will not learn in school.. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.