Rules For Life
by Sally Burgess, Forefront Families LLC
Bill Gates is obviously one of the world's most successful individuals, ever. He is also wise passing on the following 'Rules for Life' authored by Charles J Sykes, in 1996. Both he and Bill Gates saw the importance of preparing our teens to face the real world of adult work life and responsibility. For these rules to be effective throughout life, parents need to begin to address each one with their children from an early age.
Here they are:
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: 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 are. 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.
- Charles J Sykes 1996 -
I suggest that you consider each rule and decide, as parents, how you will best prepare your children to respond to each one. We will also provide helpful suggestions on each rule over the following few weeks.
If you have any comments or questions on this subject, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We invite you to also check out our website at www.forefrontfamilies.org and our blog site at www.forefrontfamilies.blogspot.com for further assistance.