Life's A Hard Teacher—Here's The Cheat Sheet! 14 Life Lessons

Life is the cruelest teacher. She offers you the exam first, then the lesson.

Having been a professor for nearly 30 years now, I often offer life advice to students I encounter.  It is my hope that these pearls of wisdom will hit home and impact people in ways that they have never known. I want them to get busy living or get busy dying—the choice is theirs.

My maternal grandfather (the later Jack King, Sr., 1892-1974) and my father (the late Dallas M. Rogers, Sr., 1915-1977) were major influences on my life. I will forever be changed for the better due to them. With their influence came maturity, accountability, love, faithfulness and character.

This is what they taught me in the short time that I knew them and fellowshipped with them:

  1. Things turn out best for those who make the best of the ways things turn out.
  2. Small minds talk about other people, great minds talk about ideas.
  3. Get busy living or get busy dying, the choice is yours. This is the first day of the rest of your life.
  4. Never argue with a fool in public—people may not know the difference.
  5. If you are not making mistakes, you are not doing anything!
  6. Be more concerned about your character than your reputation. Character is who and what you really are. Reputation is what people think you are.
  7. Rest in the Lord and relax in His will.
  8. Excuses are the tools of the incompetent. They build monuments to nothing!
  9. I'm not perfect, just forgiven.
  10. Love yourself enough to lift yourself.
  11. Learn to forgive yourself.
  12. No one is responsible for your happiness—only you are. Don't put that burden on your partner.
  13. Jesus loves everybody, but I'm His favorite.
  14. At the end of my life, I know deep in my heart that God is able to keep all that I have committed against that day.

Eric Rogers, Ph.D., Professor of Life

Eric Rogers is an Author, Educator, Consultant, Radio Host, University and College Professor of Clincal Psychology and Counseling in Chicago, Illinois. He is also a Life Coach specializing in relationships, life, education, family, personal crisis and careers.