{source} this is not eep =)

i’ve seen these rules emailed around before and it was wrongly accredited as Bill Gates words. it is actually an excerpt from a book by Charles J. Sykes, called “Dumbing Down Our Kids“. i haven’t read the book but would like to. in fact, i would like to get this made into a poster and put it in eeps room when he is a teenager! i had to hear the “i walked uphill both ways in the snow” story from my dad growing up and you can be sure that eep is gonna hear some of these! =)

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.

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6 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Amy
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    Love this! My father – a parenting “guru” and author – has mentioned Mr. Sykes in his books. Good stuff. 🙂

  2. Shasie
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

    Love these rules! I’m going to copy these and paste them on my facebook

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  3. Therese
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    Love Charlie Sykes! Listen to his radio talk show almost everyday. (Milwaukee, WI)

  4. Katie Elizabeth
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

    This is great! I used to hate when my parents would say that.. now I say it to my sister. Life just isn’t fair sometimes.

    xo katie elizabeth

  5. Neris
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 1:27 am

    Love this! Especially the last one 🙂


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  6. Jill
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 7:25 am

    Oh snap! Gotta share this!