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Go to the opportunity


Your elders and parents and teachers may have told you some of the things about life mentioned below again and again. But for some oddity of nature, at some age we all are somewhat allergic to some or all of them, I mean our elders and parents and teachers. Yet at another age most of us realise that our dad was right on that one, my teacher did scold me that afternoon for the right reasons, and yes the local murubbi was right in reprimanding me for my uncalled for behaviour not so long ago.

Time has passed. Today I am that elder, that teacher, and that parent. And I expect all those younger than me to abide by my advice word for word. I believe that I am giving others the best teaching in life, not necessarily in the classroom. I am confident that I am the best parent in town.

More time shall pass. Tomorrow I shall be that elder, that teacher, and that parent.

You have to believe that only YOU can carve out your future. The rest of us are sitting in the wings either to applaud you or detest you based on how far your achievement affects or threatens us.

I am thankful to whoever passed on the following text to my friend who forwarded the same to me. Even if Bill Gates did not truly say the words, the rules make sense, and are an awakener.

We cannot wait for an opportunity to land on; the chances of that is less than that of us seeing a falling star. We must go to the opportunity. If required we must create it. If we falter at one, we must reach for the next star before it falls. Remember, opportunity can only knock on the door. We must open it, inhale its fragrance.

Just got this on the mail from a friend and I thought it was too important for me to pass by without sharing it with our young people.

“This should be posted in every school!
Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this!
Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.
Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!
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.
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.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
If you agree, pass it on.
If you don't agree stick your head in the sand and take a deep breath!
If you can read this -Thank a teacher!”



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