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.
Rule 11 isn't necessarily true. Well you should be nice to nerds, but I've not had to work for one yet. I've only worked for 2 businessmen, the US Deputy Attorney General, and a DOJ Director (also lawyer), and let's face it--those people were never nerds, they were the popular kids. But the rest of the rules are all true. I've been out of high school for over 7 years and I still don't make $60,000. In fact, no one from my high school class makes that much. No college-mates either...unless you count the ones that already had a lot of money from acting or modeling (hang out with a former child actor sometime...it's quite an experience...) I just like these rules. Kids in high school and even college don't seem to grasp reality. I can say that because I didn't. When you're a kid and you see adults doing whatever they want and adults having freedom, you long for it...then you become an adult and you long to be a kid again. Life is hard. Bills have to be paid, cars gassed up and on insurance, you have to feed yourself, buy your own clothes and stuff, budget your expenses...it sucks. And then you see a wrinkle (doesn't matter if it's tiny). Good thing I had my quarter-life crisis at 24 and starting only using anti-aging skincare.