This is one of the best general guides to life I’ve ever read. Some highlights (and I mean “highlights” — the actual entries are more detailed, and frequently funnier):
- “If you are buying something that you will use often and for a long time, never go cheap. You’ll end up replacing it sooner or paying more in maintenance costs.
- Don’t spend money on a credit card that you can’t afford to pay back.
- Compound interest is your friend.
- If you’re working with someone who can be bargained down on a price, it seldom hurts to try.
- Try to keep enough cash to pay your bills for at least six months in reserve.
- Dogs are fantastic animals. They deserve to be called man’s best friend.
- “Don’t have any children or get married until you can support and love yourself first.”
- “Don’t trade your vehicle in on a new one just a couple of years after buying it.
- College is a lot more work than high school and your job will be a lot more work than college was.
- Start looking for a new job BEFORE you quit your old job.
- Don’t take any job that only pays commission unless you’re either an expert salesman or ready to spend months working without pay to gain the skills you need to become an expert salesman.
- Ideally, you should choose something you love to do so much that you’d do it for free and find a way to make it into a career.
- When asking for a salary, always have a figure you want in mind — and then ask for significantly more than that number.
- There’s no shame in taking any honest job.
- Getting fired or laid off isn’t the end of the world. To the contrary, a lot of people, myself included, have moved on to bigger and better things after being laid off or fired.
And there’s 35 more — a veritable Top 50 things Every Teenager (and adult as well) needs to know to be successful.
And I’m not even charging you to look. How cool is that?!?!