Teenager's Guide to the Real World explains the immutable facts
of life that every successful adult learns in one way or another. Each
chapter provides you with examples, stories and discussions that will help
you to understand how to use these facts in your own life every day to
become a successful adult yourself.
Guide to the Real World contains 46 chapters. Many of the chapters
are available free online - just click on the chapter title to see the
complete text! This web site also provides a great deal of additional
information about the book as well.
- A detailed discussion of what the book is about and how
it can help.
0 - You Get to Design Your Life
PART 1 The Hard Facts - These are the basic facts
of life that you must understand before you can make intelligent decisions.
Most of these are hard because they will force you to break down fundamental
assumptions that you may have about yourself and your world right now.
Start with them. To many teenagers these facts seem harsh until they are
understood. However, once they are understood they form a solid foundation
on which to base many of life's important decisions, and they also help
explain why adults do many of the things they do.
PART 2 The Facts About Jobs and Careers - You will
have a job: that is a fact of life. By planning ahead you can get a job
that is both high-paying and enjoyable.
PART 3 The Facts About Love and Marriage - You
might have noticed that, as a teenager, your brain and body seem to be
obsessed with members of the opposite sex. This section explains "the facts
of life" and what they mean to you both now and in the future.
PART 4 The Facts About Attitudes and Values - You
are in total control of your attitude and your values. You can choose to
be happy or sad, optimistic or pessimistic, shy or boisterous, honest or
dishonest, or anything in between. The only person who has any control
over your attitude and values is you. This section will show you some of
PART 5 The Facts About Success - There are a number
of things you can do to help yourself become successful. This section explores
some of the most important facts of life.
PART 6 The Facts About Money - Money is incredibly
important in American society. You become homeless if you donít have enough.
If you have more than you need, you can afford to do things that enrich
your life or the lives of others. Money management can be fairly complicated,
however, and it is easy to make mistakes. This section shows you the fundamental
facts of money management so you learn the basic vocabulary and concepts.
[For an in-depth look at personal finances, visit Understanding
and Controlling Your Finances, also by Marshall Brain.]
PART 7 The Other Facts - There is a wide variety of
other things that will be useful to you as you work your way toward becoming
a successful adult. This section lists a number of other important facts