This article is one of the most viewed on this blog since it was first published in 2009. Reflecting on its popularity, and the truths it portrays, we’re publishing it again. Share it with your youth if you want; it may get them grounded for their future life as an adult.
As the graduation “season” for many of our youth fast approaches, I thought this short set of “rules” should be dusted off and presented to you again this year. It might seem a bit too tough in places, but the purpose of the rules is to let our youth know that the working world is a tough one where one must add value, be productive, and earn their pay…or else.
This is an excerpt from the book Dumbing Down Our Kids by Charles Sykes. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teaching has created a full generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept sets them up for failure in the real world.
Life is not fair – get used to it.
The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice president with a car phone, until you earn both.
If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He/she doesn’t have tenure.
Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping, they called it Opportunity.
If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes–learn from them.
Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying the bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool 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.
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.
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.
Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.
Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.
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