1. The world does not owe you anything.
You have to earn what you have. No one is going to give you a life, love or happiness. Same goes for a house, a job and a way of life. Work hard, make the right decisions and you’ll get what you want.
2. Don’t be a victim of bullying
Others may think you’re different but so are they and it’s none of their business. Kids may call you names but that doesn’t describe who you are. If a kid tries to physically hurt you, stand up for yourself. Tell them to stop or you will tell your teacher, parent or even the police. If you feel they’re going to physically hurt you, fight back. Kick them between the legs, punch them in the nose or hit them with your books and run for help. Unless you stand up to a bully, they will always come after you. Think of it as taking a bandage off. If you go slowly, it hurts for a while. Pull it off quickly and it hurts for a fraction of a second and the pain stops. Let the adults worry about why he’s a bully.
3. People have died for your freedom.
Kids as young as 16 have fought and died in World Wars and soldiers today are risking and losing their lives so that you can go to school, play video games, wear baggy pants and complain about how tough your parents are on you.
4. Dreaming is a waste of time if you don’t do something about it.
If you want to be a rock star, learn an instrument and practice, practice, practice. If you want to be a pro athlete, play the game and practice, practice, practice. If you want to be the one who finds a cure for cancer then go to school and study, study, study.
5. Respect the law.
The law is there to protect you, your family, your stuff and your way of life. Those who don’t respect the law are usually the ones breaking the law.
6. Be proud of your history but don’t let it keep you from achieving greatness.
Many cultures and races have been enslaved, abused and taken advantage of but that should not be an excuse to keep you from working hard to reach your goals. Use the strength your ancestors had.
7. School will make you money.
It teaches you to do great things that can make you a ton of money
8. Stupid stuff you do today will affect you tomorrow.
Ever hear of Facebook and YouTube? This includes videos, photographs, texts and emails. Posting things online will never, ever go away and the people you don’t want to see it will.
9. Booze, drugs and cigarettes are expensive.
Why not spend your money on things that you can use to make your life easier and without problems?
10. Life is not fair.
Things don’t always work out the way you’d like. Not everything goes your way so when it doesn’t, don’t stress out. Deal with it. If life were fair, John Lennon, Freddie Mercury and half of Lynyrd Skynyrd would still be alive and the world would never have heard of the Kardashians.