Work Ethic: Chapter 1 Decide Now

Decide Now

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. In fact, every day when you wake up will be the first day of the rest of your life. Every day you have the opportunity to make better decisions than you did the day before. You also have the opportunity to make incredibly worse decisions than you did the day before. Decisions should be based on the direction you believe your life should go. This road isn’t going to be filled with perfect times. Once I realized my desired direction, I quickly learned that the road that will lead you to success will be almost entirely imperfect.

There was this crazy time in my life where I thought I would find passion. I didn’t know, however, that passion isn’t something you can find; passion is something you have. You can have it for anything. Have you ever talked with someone who had a strange job, yet you knew they were perfect for it? They shared their passion for the thing they were doing every day. Well, that could be you, but you have to decide. Yes, I enjoy helping high school students and talking with them to work toward the better future they desire, but if no one wanted my services, or if everyone hated my books, I would have to make a decision whether or not I was going to continue to put my passionate energy into something with no return. Ever wonder why people get tired of their job? I don’t believe they hate the job; they just dislike the things they do every day. When it became job time, they didn’t ask themselves any hard questions like, “In three years, am I going to still love it here, or hate it?” These are the things you have to ask yourself if you are going to make the best decisions for you. Sometimes we hate our jobs after a few years because the challenge to learn something new isn’t there, and we think the world owes us discovery. If you get a job, you are agreeing to do what they need you to do in exchange for an agreed upon return. That return is cash and some benefits you may feel are worth your time. This cash helps you purchase the things you desire to have in your life. The more cash you have, the more you can purchase. That is why the term “high paying” job is used so often when talking to high school students. That buzz word seems to make everything about jobs better because of the money, but they aren’t true. Everyone has a price, but that price must be one you can live with. For me, the price of my positive life outlook wasn’t worth staying in the classroom. I knew if I could figure out a way, I could help more students, and that is what my heart really desired.

The best thing you can do is learn what you want out of a situation. Trust me on this. You have to know that if you want to be the boss, the last thing that will happen is your boss giving up their job for you. The system doesn’t work like that, so don’t stay in a job that won’t let you be the boss, even if you have the skills to do so. Find another job that will give you the things you desire.

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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