For Academic Success, Get Over Your Demons

I believe everyone has a story and, if told correctly and with enough emotion, people will forgive you for not being the person you really want to be. You could tell a story so tragic the average person would understand there is no way you could be a success because of your past. You probably have a list of people who will let you off the hook if you had a dream, and didn’t accomplish it. They would give you the standard responses like, “At least you tried”, “Having your own business isn’t for everyone”, “Just get any job”, “Well, your parents did drink heavily”, or “You know, you did have to deal with a lot of verbal abuse.” I am not making light of any negative situation like abuse or addiction, but at some point, you will have to deal with whatever life has dealt you. You will have to face all the thoughts and personal issues that go along with any negative behavior that was, or wasn’t, your fault. These demons are a part of everyone’s lives. In order to have the success you desire, you will have to learn to heal and fight off those negative issues been placed in your life.

If you don’t have any of these things going on, demons can still form in your life. When demons form, they get labeled as drama. Drama is defined as things that take good energy away from people and replace it with thoughts, ideas, and actions of negative energy. Much of social networking these days has a lot of drama. Some days can be filled with positive vibes and posts, but there are days when people just want to vent their frustrations with the world. These posts can be a harmless way for people to vent, but they can take away your positive energy if you read too many. If you are in the position where a lot of drama is coming your way, know that a peaceful life involves the ability to deal properly with these situations. No matter how big the demon, or small the drama, you are going to have to rid your life of both. Either way, you will always have some things to deal with or avoid as you move down the path to your desired success.

Getting over your demons means leaving the past where it is, and learning from it. We all make mistakes. Some are huge and some are small. Some are once, and others are daily. Some mistakes will cause us, and others, a great deal of pain, and others can be forgiven fairly easily. No matter where you are now in your high school career, you have to start putting some of the negatives in life in the past to move forward.

When I was working with a group of students a few years ago, I noticed they would say, very early in the day, it was a bad day. In the life of a teen, I can understand when something deemed negative happens it can seem like the end of the world. However, that is rarely the case. One day, I attacked this thought. I asked them to tell me how many hours are in a day. They said 24. Then I asked how many hours they slept. With various hours, we came up with an average of 6. That is too little for high school kids, but oh well, that’s not the point of the exercise. Then, I asked if they thought sleep was positive or negative? Excluding a bad dream, they all concluded it was positive. Right away, they started to get the idea that the entire day wasn’t bad. From there, I asked how many hours in a day were good. Finally, I asked them to think about how many hours in the day they laughed, watched good TV shows, or hang with friends or loved ones? They started to realize most of their day was spent doing enjoyable things, and they were letting the small, untimely inconveniences disrupt the rest of the day instead of enjoying life.

By giving these students a different perspective on their issues, they started to speak differently.   They would come to the group and identify the problem they were having, not just conceding the day because they had a few minor issues. My group was able to understand the power of words, and began to carefully express their negativity. After a few weeks of their transformation, I was told by one of the students they haven’t had a good two weeks in a row in a long time. They realized it was perspective.

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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