Do It Alone, If Needed

There will come a point in your life when your success will be more important than the people you currently hang around, especially if they aren’t a productive part of your life. There will also be a time when you may be the unproductive part of someone’s life and you are let go. Then, there will be a time when the only thing you can do to get to your success is put in the countless hours alone writing, studying, developing, dreaming, and executing the actions that will help you become a success. I have met many students who desire to go to college to become doctors, and the number of hours alone they spend studying while in high school is incredible. It shows there is a good time for friends and there is a good time to work. It also shows their dedication to the bigger picture of their desired success. I think it is amazing to have that kind of drive while in high school. Most students are still looking for their fit in life, while these students are working to gain the knowledge to achieve their dreams.

What do you do when you have a dream and no one wants to be a part of it? What do you do when that dream is important to you, but the people around you can’t help you achieve it? You have to start out on the path alone. When I started Firefly Event Photography, I was still teaching and coaching at a local high school. After all of my duties at that job, and with my family, I was left with time from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. to develop my business. At that time, Firefly was in the early stages, and I was reading and researching the right approach to a photography business. Those late night sessions were filled with optimism and frustration. Most of the nights, I was just scared I wouldn’t make it, even though I wanted to create a cool and profitable business. During these two years, I would read and write out my processes. I would schedule goals for the company and work to design the best practices. All this was happening while my family was fast asleep. Then, I would sleep for a few hours and get up and go to work. The best part about this time was I was so energized by my quest I didn’t feel bad for the loss of sleep. I was able to use what I had for the creation I wanted, and it got me to where I am today.

If you want something bad enough, you will have to sacrifice and spend some real time alone. This will be the best thing for your success goals. As you are developing, you are still working out issues that aren’t ready for the court of public opinion, so you need this alone time to grow a thicker skin.

Go it alone if the dream is that important to you. When you become a writer or business person, you will inevitably run into people who ask you for advice. I don’t mind, but I share things they have no way of knowing about due to the position they are in. When you start out, creating things and going for your success looks easy and you think you can do it better than others who came before you. This is just your mind playing tricks on you. I explain to those seeking advice that they must really want success in that area, or leave it alone. You really have to want it. There is nothing wrong with saying you don’t want much success. That is honest. The dishonesty comes when you say the opposite of what you really want, like you “say” you want success, because it is the right thing to say, but you really don’t. This type of dishonesty is a confidence killer. The issue is: How do you know if you don’t try? How will you know if a business is right for you, if you don’t start it? This is the part only you can decide. It is better to go alone and mess up your own situation than to partner and mess up yourself and someone else because of your lack of commitment.

If making better grades is important to you, you have to put in the study time, alone, without any distractions from others. If being better at a sport is important to you, you will have to be in the gym, alone, when others are out doing other things. If the dream and desire you have is that important to you, you have to, at least, give it a great try and see where this new thought process takes you. You will meet new people along the path who can help you, but if they aren’t around now, there’s no sense in waiting for them to show up. You don’t need anyone’s permission to start on a path to your success. Besides, no one is going to give you permission to be successful if you aren’t willing to give permission to yourself.

The above information is from the book 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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