Dear Readers,

This week’s Night Owl Topic would be on the Rules of Life. This topic came to my mind when I was listening to an audio recording when the person actually talked about the 11 Rules of Life.

The 11 Rules Of Life were outlined during a speech given by Bill Gates at a high school reunion to a group of high school seniors ready to take on the world.   
Here are the 11 Rules of Life: 
Rule No. 1:
Life is not FAIR, get used to it. 
Rule No. 2:
The world won’t care about your self-esteem; the world would expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.
Rule No. 3:
You will not make $60,000 per year right out of high school. You won’t be vice-president with a car or a cellphone until you EARNED both of them.
Rule No. 4:
If you think your school teacher is TOUGH, wait till you get a BOSS.
Rule No. 5:
Flipping hamburgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different world for hamburger flipping, they call it OPPORTUNITY.

Rule No. 6: 

If you mess up, it is not your parents’ fault. So don’t whine about your MISTAKESLEARN from them, MOVE on.


Rule No. 7: 

Before you were BORN, your parents were not as BORING as they are now. They only got boring from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talked about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rainforest from the parasites of your parents’ generation, try DELOUSING in the closet in your own room.


Rule No. 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 will give you as many times as you want to get the RIGHT answer. This does not bear the slightest resemblance to anything in REAL LIFE.


Rule No. 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.


Rule No. 10:

Television is not REAL LIFE. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffeeshop and go to their JOBS.


Rule No 11:

Be nice to NERDS. Chances are, you will end up working for one of them.


Bill Gates on the Rules of Life.


My Thoughts:

When I heard the 11 Rules of Life by Bill Gates in an audio recording for the first time, I was very impressed with what he had mentioned because the 11 Rules were very relatable. Rule No. 4 and No. 9 are very applicable to anyone who is working or seeking employment. Personally, I am working right now and I know that having a boss is not fun at all.

A boss can be much more demanding compared to a school teacher. In school, you can make several minor mistakes and your teacher will still forgive you. Furthermore, you can still be given a second chance to progress on in your education. However, once you enter the society to seek employment, you will be all by yourself. In the real world, it is seriously a “Do unto others before they do unto you” world as people are competing for limited positions in the company.

Very few bosses are really interested in helping you to bring out your best self because they are afraid that you might outshine them and take over their positions. As one of my mentors always says, “There is no such thing as job security, there is only security job.” To be honest, the corporate world is certainly not an ideal option for people who are planning to retire early or seeking financial freedom. The best way to achieve financial freedom or early retirement is to create multiple streams of income by building businesses on a part-time basis.

Check out this book “The Parable of the Pipeline: How Anyone Can Build a Pipeline of Ongoing Residual Income in the New Economy

” by Burke Hedges. I am very sure you will love it. 🙂



Edmund Yeo

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