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23 March 2018 - Great Rules for Graduates

As many of you are approaching graduation time for your High School students, I want to share some words I have shared with you before on Samuelson Sez, words that have been on the Internet for a few years taken from remarks made to a High School graduating class a few years ago.

I sent a copy of it to my two grandchildren when they were graduating because it is advice that in my opinion never grows old or out of date. The author headlined the advice “Eleven things you did not and will not ever learn in school.”

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 think you are.

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. People actually have to leave their I-phones and go to jobs. And finally, Rule

#11 - Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

Good advice for young people of any age, and that’s why I share them again on Samuelson Sez.