Some advice from Bill Gates:
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 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice president with a cell phone, until you earn both
Rule 4: If you think your teacher was tough, wait till you meet your boss. He or she doesn’t have tenure.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different view of flipping – they called it opportunity
Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s your 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 how cool you are. So before you save the rainforest from the parasites of your parents’ generation, try delousing the closet in your own room
Rule 8: Schools 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 need to get the right answer. This does not bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You won’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own.
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.
Editor's note: Rule #9 Struck me as empowering, especially in NYC, when most of a Personal Trainer's clientele takes at least a few weeks off, frustrating most trainers and coaches. But the bottom line: you are now free to focus on other projects, learning, studying, and bringing your training to new heights. Upon their return, those same clients might think twice about taking a vacation without you or your program next time.
While others are relaxing, step it up to a new level.