There are rules to follow entering the 'real' world  

RedheadedMedStd 35F
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2/21/2006 4:39 pm

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There are rules to follow entering the 'real' world

My Mom gave me a copy of this about a week ago and I thought it was amusing. I had been out into the 'real' world for 3 years before she decided to give this article to me.
Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH(5-30-04)

1. Life is not fair, get used to it.

2.The world doesn't care about your self esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.

3. Right out of high school you will not make $60,000/year, you will not be a vice-president, you will not have a chaurffeured car service. You have to earn things like these.

4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss.

5. If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

6. Continue... and continue... your formal education now, before you marry, get a job and become "independent," and while you still have the time. Today's few sacrifices turn you into tomorrow's may rewards for years to come.

7.If you followed #6...wait a couple of years. Then take a look at your high school friends who didn't follow #6. (Remember how cool they were making money at Wal-Mart while you were slaving away in undergraduate or graduate school?)

8. Flipping burgers to start out is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for it. They called it "oppourtunity."

9. If you mess up, it's not your parents fault; it's your fault. Accept the responsibility. Don't whine mistakes; learn from them.

10. Before you were born, your parents were not as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills; washing your clothes; driving you everywhere; listening to you talk about how "right" you thought you were. So before you save the rainforest from the parasites of your parents generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

11. Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and you'll get as many timnes as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to anything in real life.

12. 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.

13. Television is not real life. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop or their apartments and go to jobs.

14. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one. (Ever heard of Bill Gates?)

15. Right or wrong the boss is always right. After all it IS his company. His name is on your paycheck.

16. Good grammar doesn't take a vacation. Always use good grammar. Think about the how and why you will say something, before saying it. Forgetting #16, perhaps you'll remember the words of Abraham Lincoln: "'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt."

17. You were born with 2 ears and 1 mouth. Listen twice as much as you speak.

18. God* talks to everyone in whispers-not thunderclaps. When you think of a "good idea," perhaps He's whispering to you.

19. Think the idea through. Are there more good points than bad points?

20. Let the evidence be your guide. Always evaluate everything before making a decision or acting on an idea. To paraphrase a British writer William Congreve: "...(act)in haste... repent in leisure."

21. Everyday, take a moment to say "thank you" to God* for giving you your abilities to accomplish the things you have accomplished and the things you will accomplish. He'll appreciate it.

*The references to God are simply what the author put in his article. I am agnostic, so I feel it is only fair to make sure everyone knows that I am not pushy when it comes to my religious beliefs. I did both Catholic and Protestant churches when I was younger. My apologizes to anyone who may find these references offensive.


MakMeLuvItBig 65F

2/21/2006 6:24 pm

This should be on the wall of every classroom, in every grade, in the Country! And probably every prison cell!

Thanks to you and Mom!

Sorceror07 55M

2/21/2006 6:47 pm

now THAT is some good stuff #17 is critical too, the best point of all.

...That which does not kill me merely pisses me off!...

MillsShipsGayly 53M

2/22/2006 1:10 pm

For a second, thought perhaps you had become a born-again

I believe people are only born once

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