Work Smarter For Success In Education

There is a saying you probably have heard by now, “Work smarter, not harder.” However, how do you work smarter if you don’t know how “dumb” you are working? Sure, people can tell you ways to improve your processes so you are more productive, but is that what’s best for you? The issue with the work smarter campaign is it assumes you are working dumb. This can be a burden to people just starting out on their journey, such as high school kids. You have to know the work smarter thought is missing an additional ingredient, which I state as, “Work as smart and efficient as you can, until you learn and implement a better strategy.” This is what the statement should really sound like, but people prefer short and quick quips and memes to post on the internet. When you read a thought like this, I hope you are taking the time to understand the meaning of such a statement. Working smarter is a generic way to say, “Learn to be more efficient with your efforts.” By learning to use your energy properly, you will get great results in a shorter amount of time. As you continue to use your energy the best way possible, you will see your ability to accomplish more is directly connected to your systems and processes.

Work smarter by embracing failure as part of the journey. It is impossible to work smarter without some form of failure, so get over the fact that you will fail. Learning a new subject or sport is a daunting task for anyone. Failure is a must for anyone looking for success. What the working smarter model embraces is analyzing your efforts and making the best changes for better results. As you are learning new languages, you are going to say the words incorrectly, but having a teacher help you say them correctly after your failure brings you closer to success. If you are working to learn a language in high school, and desire to be fluent, you must employ online programs, tutors, or cultural connections to gain the results you desire. As you begin the process of correcting your failures immediately, you will see gains in speaking ability in a shorter amount of time.

This is true of anything you want to learn. Long gone are the days of just doing something in class, and that being enough effort to be successful. In today’s world, you have to almost submerge yourself into the new process you desire to learn, due to the availability of so many additional resources. Say goodbye to the days of just sprinting in practice to get faster; now, you have to put in time outside of practice. If you want that time to be well spent, you have to evaluate your ability and make the right changes. When a coach or mentor isn’t around to show you the way, there are always a good number of videos on the subject on YouTube. Many instructional videos on this site can help the learner at any time of the day. Thanks to the internet, learning and accomplishing is now a 24 hour possibility. When you fail, your new help is on the internet, ready, with a video, to share how you can turn those failures in to successes as quickly as possible. By embracing failure, and making the necessary changes to improve, you will not fear failure, but invite the opportunity more often, knowing you have a process to deal with it and improve your actions toward your desired success.

Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle by Pierce Brunson

It isn’t what you say, it’s what you do that will create the life you want. The high school years are a great time for students to build valuable and rewarding action characteristics to increase self-esteem and deliver results. While enjoying these years, students should be developing the right mindset to achieve the success they desire in the future. In order for success to happen, for students to have that lifestyle they often speak of wanting, they must become adults with a solid, results-based work ethic. Wasting these four years can’t be a part of the plan. By using their time in high school to build the right actions for a successful lifestyle, students can ensure themselves a bright future, no matter the obstacles they will encounter. Work Ethic is for the high school student expecting to live life successfully, and is willing to do the right growth actions to shape a lifestyle of fulfillment, fun, and results.

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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