Jay McGraws book Life Strategies for Teens dives into the Ten Life Laws. Here is an exerpt from his highly knowledgeable and factual book:
"There is nothing more frustrating than trying to play a game when you don’t know the rules, you don’t know the objective, and you don’t have the skills that you need to be good at the game. But everything is easy when you know how. What I have figured out that I want to pass on to you is that life, in many ways, is a series of games that have rules and skill requirements just like any other game. I’m going to show you the rules.
This book, as I said earlier, is based on my dad’s book Life Strategies. Even though my boring old dad wrote it- and I may not be totally objective- I’ve got to tell you, it is a great book. it is a particularly great book if you are about forty years old, married with 2.2 kids, have a career, and a barking dog. If you’re mainstream America, it’s dead-on and ready to go. It is not a great book, however, if you are a teenager trying to get a foothold in your life. It is simply not written in a way that is relevant to us. But I will tell you something that I discovered: His ten Life Laws are relevant to us in a major, major way. If you are going to win this game, the game of life, you have to understand the rules of the game. You also have to know the penalties and rewards associated with breaking those rules. What the adult Life Strategies did was identify the rules.
What this book does is translate them for you and me.
I’ve translated those Life Laws in such a way that it doesn’t take you years to translate them. Let me again tell you what the ten laws are, but this time I will give you an idea what they mean to you and me:
The Ten Laws of Life1. You either get it, or you don’t.
How to get the L for Loser off your forehead.
2. You create your own experience.
Become the star of your own life.
3. People do what works.
The truth about why you can act so weird.
4. You cannot change what you do not acknowledge.
Get big time real about your shortcomings and make a “to do” list.
5. Life rewards action.
What are you waiting for? Get in gear!
6. There is no reality, only perception.
Open your eyes and get into focus.
7. Life is managed; it is not cured.
Keep it in gear; no coasting.
8. We teach people how to treat us.
Don’t be a doormat.
9. There is power in forgiveness.
Your “get out of jail free” card.
10. You have to name it before you can claim it.
I know what I want, and I want it now.
Even if you’re thinking that all you want is a decent car, and incredibly cool date, and your parents off your butt, this is still the right book for you. Here’s the deal: You are not going to get those things or anything else you think you want if you don’t learn how this world works. Those ten Life Laws, which right now might seem to be about as pointless as the soil content in China, are in fact controlling the outcome of every single aspect in life.
If you the Life Laws, then you’ll know why your parents say no when they say no, and yes when they say yes. You’ll know why certain teachers get under your skin, why some students treat you like dirt, and why on some days you feel so bad about yourself. You’ll also know what to do about it. You’ll be in control."
Check out Jay McGraws book, Life Strategies for Teens.