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Charles Sykes: 14 Rules of Life They Won’t Teach You in School

14 Rules 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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