I bet you have seen this list a few times before. They have been credited to Bill Gates, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr and others, but in reality it is part of a piece written by Charles J Sykes back in 1996 - or as kids would say ... in "olden" times.
I'm really liking these "11 Rules kids DO NOT learn in school" for a number of reasons, let's see what you think.
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 were. 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 and video games are 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.
How about you, do you like these rules no matter who actually created them?
I think my parents followed these "rules" when I was growing up, and I may have taught them to my kids as well. Ok I know I did.
I believe it is time (past time) that we start teaching these "rules" to ALL kids and some adults, so that we will have responsible adults around ... helping to contribute to the country instead of having their hands out all the time. We don't need a nanny state - that's NOT what made this country great.
Now before someone starts jumping up and down and telling me I have no idea what I am talking about. I'm not saying that we can't give a helping hand when someone has fallen on hard times. I'm saying that the you don't start out looking for a hand out.. But know that it will be there if you need it because we have many more people contributing than taking because they know it is what makes us who we are - a GREAT NATION.