Work Ethic: Introduction

Work Ethic: The Introduction

When you really want something in life, you have to go and get it. No matter how hard the task is to achieve, or how difficult the climb, most people go for it when they really want to. In Work Ethic, you will discover why your high school years should be the beginning of the best years of your life, how they can propel your future into a more positive self-designed shape, and what characteristics help improve your work ethic for better results.

No one can motivate you to take action. Reading all the books and watching all of the inspiring videos in the world won’t make you awesome at something. You will still have to do the work. And if you have to do the work, why not give your best? Why not find ways to improve on your best? Why not take this moment, while you are in high school, and decide you are going to be great at something that helps the world and brings you more happiness than you could even imagine?

Success is more than a goal; it is a lifestyle. Successful people first embrace what it takes to accomplish their goals, and then create the right life environment so their success can flourish. As you read this book, think of living a lifestyle of success and what that looks like to you. Goals are just measuring points along the way. The time to create your successful lifestyle starts in high school.

What will define you living a successful lifestyle? I define it as freedom: freedom to do what I want when I trade my efforts for results. Most high school students just look to get a good job when they graduate, and hope that by having a good job, they will have a happy life. There is no way that will be possible if you don’t think about your life and the freedoms you can enjoy if you found the right job or career. Your priorities will change over time, but while you are in high school you can start to think about the type of life you want, and apply the characteristics in Work Ethic to your life.

I believe people want, more than anything, the freedom to live their life as they desire. I also believe the school systems have suppressed this thought, in turn making students believe the right job from a list of possible college majors will somehow facilitate this freedom. I know high school students are smarter than that and know something is missing from that equation.

The job or career you do should be an exchange you agree to so you can have the things you desire. Sure, the job market is set up on a 9-5, 40 hours a week system, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow that plan. What would you do to have all the freedom you could enjoy in life? I’m not just talking about weekends off and four weeks of vacation time, but a freedom where you were so productive with your hours that you took more vacations and made more money. What if your freedom was based on the calendar you chose for your life? How hard would you work then? What would you trade for a life like that? Would you study more? Would you work harder in athletic practices? Would you be a better teammate? Would you be a better sibling, son or daughter? Would you be happier? Sure you would.

Everything in Work Ethic is about your freedom and what you will do to keep it, grow it, and be an example to others. There are plenty of people who enjoy the 9-5 lifestyle and accept the tradeoff it offers. For you, there needs to be an understanding of what you desire, and a personal knowing that you will do whatever it takes to achieve the ultimate freedom for your life. Take the characteristics in Work Ethic and apply them to your life. Watch as you gain more freedom due to the productivity you are able to achieve. It isn’t an easy mindset to have, but you can achieve the lifestyle you desire with a great work ethic.

Pierce Brunson, M.Ed., is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, and spends his time working as a mentor and speaker while developing businesses that help improve the high school experience for students and teachers. He has over a decade of experience teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. Pierce believes everyone can do more to help improve the education system in their local communities, which is part of the backbone of any society. Pierce’s advice is simple: stop complaining and do something to help improve the situation. Good people have to stop being afraid to fight for what they believe in. Get in the game, help others, share culture and move the world toward equality and justice. Connect with Pierce at,, and

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