Life Rules You Don’t Learn In School


The below list of rules you don’t learn in school has circulated the internet for some time. Like many of these items, it helps to bring back a little reality to our lives when we read them. Although sometimes attributed to a speech by Bill Gates, it is not. It was written by someone else and has been shared in many ways by many others. Now I share it here with you in case you didn’t see it before.

I see this as a help in bullying, because several of the items bring a reality to our lives that is needed and helps cope with what can be the hard days of childhood. Now onto the list. I hope you enjoy:

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2: The world doesn’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 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.

2 thoughts on “Life Rules You Don’t Learn In School

  1. You omitted the last three rules (found on Snopes):

    Rule No. 12: Smoking does not make you look cool. It makes you look moronic. Next time you’re out cruising, watch an 11-year-old with a butt in his mouth. That’s what you look like to anyone over 20. Ditto for “expressing yourself” with purple hair and/or pierced body parts.

    Rule No. 13: You are not immortal. (See Rule No. 12.) If you are under the impression that living fast, dying young and leaving a beautiful corpse is romantic, you obviously haven’t seen one of your peers at room temperature lately.

    Rule No. 14: Enjoy this while you can. Sure parents are a pain, school’s a bother, and life is depressing. But someday you’ll realize how wonderful it was to be a kid. Maybe you should start now. You’re welcome.

    Frankly, I don’t find these so-called rules to be very helpful, and I don’t think most kids will either. They’re obviously the work of a curmudgeon who basically wants to tell kids to Grow Up and Stop Whining. The problem is, kids aren’t adults and any attempt to make them act that way is pointless and doomed to failure.

    • I did see these ones too, but thought they changed the tone of the list a bit. As for helpful to kids, you are probably right for most. We all have gone through and will continue to go through the ritual called “growing up”. Maturity and empathy are learned over time (if learned at all) and children will always try to stretch the bounds and wills of parents while growing up. . .and certainly rebellion is a trait of that.

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