Charles Sykes: 14 Rules of Life They Won’t Teach You in School
Here are the top 14 rules of life excerpted from 50 Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School by Charles Sykes:
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: Your school may have done away with winners and losers. Life hasn’t.
Rule 4: You will not make $60,000 a year right out of high school. And you won’t be a vice-president or have a company car. You may even have to wear a uniform that doesn’t have a designer label.
Rule 5: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. When you screw up, he’s not going to ask you how you feel about it.
Rule 6: It’s not your parents’ fault. If you screw up, you are responsible.
Rule 7: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
Rule 8: You are not perfect, and you don’t have to be.
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.
Rule 12: Life is actually more like dodgeball than your gym teacher thinks.
Rule 13: Don’t forget to say thank you.
Rule 14: Enjoy this while you can.
Excerpted from 50 Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School by Charles J. Sykes
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