Inspired Rules for Teenagers

By | September 9, 2021

[September 9, 2021]  Several months ago, one of my blog’s readers suggested I put together a list of inspired rules for teenagers.  Having been a teenager, I certainly would not think I am any kind of expert, far from it.

What I did today was put together some “guidelines” rather than rules.  Maybe “rules” is the better word because it carries more directive rather than suggestive ideas.  Perhaps I should consider developing this idea further.

Here are some inspired rules for teenagers listed in bullet form.  After some of them, I infer a military lesson.  I plan to elaborate on some of them soon:

  1. Be prepared (wear your helmet)
  2. Don’t lie
  3. Work hard
  4. Accept responsibility (take the guidon)
  5. Act morally and ethically (you have one bullet)
  6. Obey the rules but know when to break them
  7. Be loyal to all
  8. Inspire others
  9. Choose your sacrifice
  10. Focus on your goal
  11. Know your weaknesses (be humble)
  12. Avoid illegal drugs, tobacco, and alcohol
  13. Be disciplined
  14. Act to help others (caring) (eat last)
  15. Treat your body and brain properly (sleep and exercise)
  16. Take care in making decisions that affect others (don’t move my foxhole)
  17. Give respect to others (attend funerals)
  18. Read good books
  19. Write and write often (learn to put your thoughts on paper)
  20. Attend church or a religious service of your choice regularly
  21. Do somebody a favor so they can do you a favor
  22. Speak with the elderly
  23. Tell stories of heroic deeds
  24. Learn relevant history and lessons from them
  25. Face those things you fear and do so often
  26. Volunteer time to your community
  27. Have a life plan and a backup plan
  28. Do not betray others
  29. Be open and warm
  30. Learn about evil and how to act against it
  31. Treat your family properly regardless of how they treat you
  32. Be polite
  33. Ask for help if you need it
  34. Take great care in your assumptions; they are often wrong
  35. Smile more often
  36. Never complain, be part of the solution
  37. Let people know who you are
  38. Associate with those who are better than you
  39. Be clear and concise in what you say
  40. Look beyond what is obvious (see the enemy first)
  41. Never give up (don’t surrender your sword)
  42. You will be called names, so grow a tough skin
  43. Finish school
  44. Be patriotic
  45. Nobody owes you anything
  46. Practice doing what is right
  47. Be a team player (lock shields)
  48. Learn to prioritize what is in your life
  49. Do not bow or kneel before any person
  50. Greet people as you pass them (no saluting in the field)
  51. Fear is debilitating; not let it get you
  52. Suffering is universal, victimhood is a bad choice
  53. Be there, be at important events
  54. You will be judged by your deeds, not so much by your words
  55. Help make others successful
  56. Have gratitude for what you have
  57. If you don’t succeed today, then succeed tomorrow
  58. … and in the end, your feelings don’t matter, so get over yourself

Earlier this year, I wrote an article called “Life’s Lessons for a Boy Scout.”  I believe it remains relevant and is something that compliments my article today.  You can read it here (see link).

For another view on this topic, see “20 Important Life Lessons Every Teen Must Learn” by Sherry White.  Her article is here (see link).

Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I'm Doug and I provide at least one article every day on some leadership topic. I welcome comments and also guests who would like to write an article. Thanks for reading my blog.

18 thoughts on “Inspired Rules for Teenagers

  1. Jake Oliver

    Teenagers need clear rules about driving privileges and safety. Set limits on cell phone use in the car. Establish clear rules about passengers, speeding, and other safety violations. Drugs and alcohol: Teenagers need to be informed about the realities of drug

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  2. Dead Pool Guy

    Nice list, Gen. Satterfield. I agree with some of the others here who are saying that you should at least consider writing a book on this for young people. Today, our youth are being tortured by CRT and other radical anti-American ideas, the same ideas that resulted in 100 plus million deaths in the last century (not counting war).

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  3. Fred Weber

    I love the whole list but #1 is my favorite, “Be prepared (wear your helmet).”

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  4. Sadako Red

    Gen. Satterfield has some powerful ideas here. Let’s not overlook them. Print and cut this list out for your kids.

    Reply
  5. KenFBrown

    “34. Take great care in your assumptions; they are often wrong.” This is an example that teenagers need to give some real thought to. We all make assumptions and most adults have also learned that doing so will often make an ASS out of U and ME.

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    1. Nick Lighthouse

      Good one, KenF. More should be written by Gen. Satterfield on making assumptions.

      Reply
    2. Eduardo Sanchez

      Ha Ha, yep, that’s an oldie but goodie. Hey, did anyone hear about Gen. Satterfield’s book that is supposed to be coming out soon. I hope it does. I plan on buying it.

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          1. Colleen Ramirez

            Congratulations. I went online and there is only the eBook for Kindle. I’m looking for the paperback version. Personally, I like to read books, and these electronic books are not my forte. I underline and make notes in my books. That is how I learn and am entertained. Once again, this website is the best I’ve come across and why I’m such a fan.

          2. Edward M. Kennedy, III

            Great news! Thanks Gen. Satterfield. Also congratulations.

  6. Valkerie

    General Satterfield, another great article. Simple but detailed list. Thanks. 😊

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  7. Tom Bushmaster

    Wow, do they need to read what you have to say? Yes. Will they read and listen? No. In fact, kids nowadays don’t read at all unless it’s in a porn mag. The teachers don’t care and those that do won’t teach any more. Sad commentary but our whole formal education system is imploding and the lockdowns and voluntary mask diaper wearing continues to destroy our ability to be social and good to one another.

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  8. Bryan Z. Lee

    Great job, Gen. Satterfield. This begins to pull together much of what you have written here in these pages for the past 8 years (congrats on the anniversary). You are an inspiration, so keep up the great work and expand upon this article.

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  9. rjsmithers

    Nice list. It would be great if you wrote a book on these. Use military-inspired language as well.

    Reply

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