Ten Essential Rules of Life
RULE 1: Life is not fair; get used to it.
RULE 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world willÂ expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good aboutÂ yourself.
RULE 3: You will not make $40,000 a year right out of high school. AndÂ 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.Â She doesn’t have tenure.
RULE 5: Flipping burgers is NOT beneath your dignity. YourÂ grandparents had a different word for burger flipping; they called itÂ opportunity.
RULE 6: If you screw up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whineÂ about your mistakes. Learn from them.
RULE 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as theyÂ are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning yourÂ clothes, and listening you talk about how cool you are. So before youÂ save the rain forest from the blood-sucking parasites of your parents’Â generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
RULE 8: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off,Â and veryÂ few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. DoÂ that on your own time.
RULE 9: Television is not real life. In real life people actually haveÂ to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
RULE 10: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.