A CEO and president of a successful business heard about all the whining and crying on college campuses across the country, and how students needed “safe spaces” every time their precious feelings get hurt, so he decided to give them a brutal warning of what’s to come.
In an open letter to the “wussified” students across America, Kyle Reyes delivered an epic dose of reality combined with some advice for them as they prepare to enter the “real world,” and they’d be wise to heed it. Reyes understands that college can be hard, but what he doesn’t understand is how all of these fragile snowflakes expect to cope in the brutal atmosphere known as life, so he decided to give them a much-needed course correction.
I’m sorry. I hope you didn’t mistake this letter to be one that would tell you how wonderful you are and that you’re going to make the world a wonderful place. No, my friends, that’s not what this letter is at all. This is an open letter to all those of you who are whining your way through college looking for a safe place and an entitled hall pass.
I come with a very simple message. When you cast off that safety blanket and enter into the real world, this thing called life is going to slap you faster than you can say, “Do you want fries with that?”
Reyes then noted several prominent incidents at colleges where students made a big deal over absolutely nothing, before noting the ridiculous necessity of “safe spaces” and pondering, “How the hell do you walk out of your dorm (or your parents’ basement) without getting hit by a bus every day?”
Reyes then listed off five tips they’d be wise to heed:
The Business World Doesn’t Give A Damn About You
No, really – it’s true. You saw something on the internet that you found offensive? You’ve got the sniffles? Your boyfriend broke up with you? Well, that sucks. Deal with it. I expect you to get your work done on time. Hit traffic that made you late for the fourth time this week? You should have learned after the first time that you needed to leave your house early.
Listen, even the best bosses have their breaking points. Excuses might fly in college, but they’re NOT going to fly when we’re paying you to actually get things done.
- The Only Safe Place Is Your Home
In the real world – and especially the business world – we’re going to challenge you. We’re going to push you. We’re going to demand that you consider other perspectives. We’re going to rip your ideas to shreds from time to time. And we’re going to insist that you play nicely with others to find ideas that actually work and implement them.
- There’s No Such Thing As “Free”
I get it. You’ve been told that money grows on trees, that education should be free for all and that everything in life should be handed to you on a silver platter.
But welcome to the big kids’ playground. You want that health insurance? It’s going to cost you. Oh, you don’t want it? That will cost you too. You want an apartment? A house? A car? Believe it or not, you need to actually come up with some money for that! Oh, and you can quit your whining about taxes. Because SOMEONE has to pay for all of that “free” stuff – and now it’s you, sucker.
- If You Don’t Want To Be A Victim, Then Don’t Be
In college, any time your feelings were hurt, you were a victim. If you were challenged, the challenger was a “bigot” and you were the poor person who had their feelings hurt. Here in the real world, we expect you to be challenged and to understand that humility is just as important as bravado. Selflessness is more important that selfishness. The content of who you are as a person is more important than the color of your skin or your socio-economic background or your sex or your weight or your religious affiliation.
- Success Is Hard Work
We’re not going to give you five breaks a day. You’re going to have to work nights and weekends from time to time. You want to make “the big bucks”? Then consider a nine-hour workday to be a part-time job. You’re most likely NOT going to graduate college and find a six-figure job. Hell, you’re going to be lucky if you find ANY job … and you should be grateful when you find it. Grateful … and prepared to work like a maniac to get ahead. Because in the real world, you don’t get a pass just because mommy and daddy are paying your bills.
Reyes closed his letter telling students to enjoy their time being “special little snowflakes” inside the “world’s most expensive daycares.”
“Because soon, you’ll be in OUR world. And it’s about to get real.”
Boom! Every college wuss across the country needs to read this.