This is an excerpt from Orrin Woodward, co-founder of the LIFE TEAM. It is perhaps the best rule set for anyone looking to succeed in today’s world. The rules may seem common, but isn’t the saying “Common sense isn’t common.”? Learn, Apply and Teach this principles in everything you do and to all that you know.
RULE 1 – Life is not fair – get used to it.
Life does not deal everyone the same hand. Some our born billionaires through their daddy’s efforts and some are born broke and must work their way to the top. Either way, get over it and get moving.
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.
We have too many people talking about self esteem without the corresponding teaching of work ethic to achieve a healthy self confidence. Confidence can only be built by making the sacrifices that the average person refuses to do. You begin to realize you are un-average only when you consistently do what the average person is unwilling to do. I love and respect everyone unconditionally, but my trust is earned through your performance.
RULE 3 – You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice president with car phone, until you earn both.
Quit looking for handouts in life and start serving other people’s needs. Everything you need to know at the top must be learned at the bottom. This is why so many second generation children accomplish so little. Their parents believed they could skip the sacrifice step for their children and just hand people their victories. Life doesn’t work that way so quit waiting for your ship to come in and start building it! Your pay raise will become effective as soon as you do.
RULE 4 – If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.
To maintain any position in the information age, it will require constant increases in your knowledge and skills. Those who think their education ends when their formal schooling ends are in for a rude awakening. Customers vote with their feet if you do not serve their needs. This is free enterprise so get used to it. No one has to be part of your business and you earn their trust and respect every day.
RULE 5 – Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping they called it Opportunity.
Achievement starts by doing the little things well and then receiving more responsibility from a job well done. Everyone who accomplishes anything of value has to earn it.
RULE 6 – If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
You will mess up. The only question is will you get bitter or better from the experience? The key is to learn from each one of your mistakes and never pass the buck. Leaders have learned to accept responsibility and have no part with the current love affair with victim status so prevalent in our culture today.
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 are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
No one is a self made person. All of us have climbed onto the shoulders of the greatest minds and leaders in Western Civilization to enjoy the privileges we have. Never take for granted all of the people in your life who gave you a hand up instead of a hand out. If you desire to change the world, then begin by changing yourself. All great movements begin with an individual who was moved to change.
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.
You pass or fail every day or night in business and success is an inside job. Just remember that failure is never final and that further growth will lead to victories.
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.
You must determine how hard and how long that you will work for your dreams. It is sad that people will spend more time planning a vacation than they will in planning their life. I love the saying, “If it’s to be, then it’s up to me.”
RULE 10 – Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
If anyone tells you that you can achieve your dreams without a serious work ethic then they are lying to you. You are only limited by your ability to dream and most people do a great job of limiting themselves.
RULE 11 – Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.
Hans Christian Andersen wrote his classic “Ugly Duckling” story to capture the essence of someone (through hard work & association) changing from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. I have witnessed many people turn from the Ugly Ducklings into Beautiful Swans. Yes, you will be criticized for telling people they can be Beautiful Swans, but I would rather believe that and be criticized than give up my belief in people.
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