Table of Contents for The Teenager's Guide to the Real World
The Teenager's 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.
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 the possibilities.
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 of life.
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