If God Is Directing You, Why Do You Hesitate?

Since you are up at 3am pondering your life, think about this.

There are many things that make me stop and ponder where a person is coming from when they post religious things on social media. I often wonder if they really believe the statement or are they just whistling Dixie?

My problems with religion stem from a fractured upbringing of truth, intolerance, do as I say and not as I do, and the old “oh I fucked up? I am just a sinner saved by grace” as one rides off to their mansion in a luxury car damn near driving over the poor that believed their leadership was genuine. Yes, negative experiences have shaped my thoughts.  I also struggle with the difficult to understand religious rhetoric that requires deep study time. I do ask, why can’t being close to God be simple? This is my struggle, this is my issue with God and my lack of faith.

However, you are not me. You are not a person that knows they are a child of God. I don’t really know that. But before you pray for me I am asking you a question about your statement on Facebook where you believe that God does (insert generic meme phrase here).

I ask you why, with all the faith you know you have and that powerful God you serve, why do you hesitate when you know that you have been called to do something? Why do you hesitate starting that business, helping someone or living that passion filled life when you believe that God is telling you to?

Why won’t you risk being broke for a little while, being laughed at, being ridiculed and struggling with fear if you have God on your side? Why continue to post the verbiage but act in ways nowhere near the faith you claim? What are you waiting for?

No need to pray for me. I admit that I don’t know what tha hell God wants from me. I got tired of struggling to figure out what the deal was and just let my heart guide me. No, I don’t read the bible for guidance, I just use my heart and the years of experience that says, “fucking with other people is bad.”

I wonder daily if there could be an easier way but maybe the way is just acting on what is in our hearts until that is fulfilled and then doing the next thing.

I think that acting on heartfelt passion is the only way to live. My last two years I have done nothing but act on heartfelt passion. It is tiring, strange, scary lonely, frustrating, and financially destructive at times. To this date life isn’t perfect, it could be a lot better, but I know I am working from my heart.

I wish I had your confidence in God to post a Facebook meme and then go back to living a life that has little representation that God exists. I feel that sometimes the only thing that really shows me God may be real is the blade of grass that somehow pokes up through asphalt. I mean damn, you have to have a powerful God on your side to be able to find a way to live when the first portion of your life involves no water, no light, and a hard unnatural substance to break through.

I admit I struggle, but I should since I don’t believe in the all-powerful God you do. I should since I don’t have that type of faith. I should have sleepless nights since I don’t believe in the God that makes it better just by saying his name.

My question is, why do you hesitate…when you have God?

Leave remarks below, this should be interesting.

 

 

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No Magic Wand in the Learning Curve

Chapter 16: There Is No Magic Wand

I really wish that this was a book that gave you a magic wand or silver bullet to your dreams. But it isn’t. Because your journey involves a lot of not knowing, and possibly creating something from nothing, there is no guarantee that you will reach your goals. The only thing you can do is to get these skills in your hand, make a plan, and go for it. That is really all anyone else has. Yes, colleges are set up for people that know “doctor” and they get to take these classes or those, but there is still the risk that they may not make it to that final destination. My approach is for those of us who didn’t fit nicely into a mold of doctor, lawyer, or teacher, but know that our place is out there. 

I wish I could say it will be easy, but it won’t be. I wish I could say that everyone will love your idea, buy it, and you will never see a broke day again. I hope that everyone that reads this book takes the chance on his or her soul’s calling for something great so far in the distant future. But these things may or may not happen. At the writing of this book, I am still in the process of accepting who I get to be every day.  Just because you figure it out doesn’t mean all is good; you now have to put in the work to get there and stay there.

Mind you, this is work. Going for it requires you become something greater than your problems or current situation. It requires that you deflect all the negative talk, and walk with your head held high in public, even if you cry in private. It requires that you fight the good fight, and accept when you have to pivot. It also requires that you go easy on yourself when you don’t get out of bed one day because you feel all is lost. It then requires you to seek the help needed so you can continue your journey to your place in life, even if you finally meet it at age 50.

Because this is hard work, I am going to share with you the list of questions and statement I have asked myself. These are the questions that pop in my head when things don’t seem to be going my way.

  1. Am I ever going to make any real impact on people
  2. Am I being stupid with this goal?
  3. Is this really what I want to do?
  4. Why is it so hard to make a sale?
  5. Why do people know understand that I am trying to help them?
  6. How am I going to pay my rent this month?
  7. How am I going to pay for that?
  8. Are we going to make it?
  9. They (successful people) never go through this type of trouble.
  10. They did it because they are rich.
  11. If I only had the right people.
  12. I am too tired to go on.
  13. I give up!
  14. Maybe really helping kids isn’t what I am supposed to do.
  15. Maybe I will be happier if I go back.
  16. No I really did try!
  17. They make it look so easy.
  18. They (successful people) never have to stay up late at night.

Hopefully you get my point. If not, take this list with you and just start to see how many things you say, as your road to success gets bumpy.

As I continue to find out through daily experiences, there is no shortcut to success. It is a journey, and we really have to be dedicated to accomplishing what we believe is important.

As a final note, and probably the most important: NOTHING IS GUARANTEED. That may be the best advantage you have knowing that everything you do, you may fail because it means that you also have just as good of a chance of succeeding. This isn’t about giving something your best effort. This book is about you seeking your best life by taking a huge risk to grow toward the life you desire. Knowing that nothing is guaranteed should help you to see that you have to put in effort, and stay focused, or you could lose all of your momentum.

So what can I say about work? Well I will say this. If you aren’t working, someone else is and getting ready to do what you could be doing. There are plenty of mountains for all of our dreams to exist.  You just have to be specific with what you want. No sense in taking the life someone is willing to give you because it may not be the life you want. Go out and take the life you desire. This life you seek will make you happy to do the hard work, you won’t be so bothered by the long hours, you won’t miss some of the events that will be a schedule conflict, and you will say it is worth it.

 

This is a part of a chapter from my book Learning Curve: How to Prepare For Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going by Pierce Brunson. Every Monday and Thursday for the next 12 weeks I will share parts of the book starting today 3/17/2014.  The next shares will come from my new book Rock The Crowd (Wednesday/ Friday Schedule starting 4/21/2014), a book that helps teachers give the best performances of their life as they teach their students.

Learning Curve: How To Prepare for Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going is dedicated to helping the high school student that desires success in life but doesn’t know exactly what they want to do or how to do it.  During this confusing and stressful time most students just pick a college major or get a job and just hope things work out. Well, that strategy is terrible!  The best strategy includes learning and adding the characteristics in this book to one’s personality so that as the right opportunities come along the student can take hold of them.  Learning Curve is the jumpstart information that helps teens prevent a lifetime of wishing, “if only someone would have told me”, once valuable opportunities have gone away.

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The Learning Curve of Staying Balanced

Chapter 15: Staying Balanced and Pressing Forward

You will get broken because negative forces are so powerful. But you don’t have to stay broken. Get up and get going again and again. At one of my lowest points as a teacher, I went to at 4-star Orlando hotel and just sat in the pool for, literally, three days. Thank goodness for discount websites and the ability to extend it one more day, because I was a mess. I was broken. I knew the world of teaching that I loved dearly was one I needed to put in my rearview mirror if I wanted to have a chance at my personally defined greatness. There will be days, weeks, months where you are just bummed. You are human. Don’t stay there for long, and try your best to stick with the plan. Since that day, I have learned that a hotel with a pool is the cure for my blues.  Find the cure for your heavy blues. Going for it is difficult and gut wrenching. You are going to need that time to just sulk so you can move forward.

The best part about my sulking is that my family loves it because it means a vacation.

Don’t be too hard on yourself, and continue to press forward so that you will have some form of accomplishment when the sun is back shining in your life.

Here is a list of ways to stay balanced:

  1. Exercise (a brisk walk around the corner is a great way to take a much needed break).
  2. Spend time with family and friends (they may not understand where you are trying to go, but they are still some of your biggest supporters, hang with them for a while).
  3. Purchase something that adds to your happiness (nothing fancy, but if something small makes you feel a bit better then go for it).
  4. Go outside and get some sun (feeling that warmth on your face gives a new meaning to relaxation).
  5. Laugh (laughing to tears is another way to stay balanced on this road of twists and turns).

You should put a lot of effort into staying balanced. It is pretty much the only way to properly press forward on your road to your desired successes. Here are my reasons why you should enjoy a balanced life.

Staying balanced helps people enjoy your company. When we get out of whack, no one likes our company. We become rude, hateful, and are a burden on people that want to hang around us. Be careful to guard your energy and remain as balanced as possible. Earlier in my life, I went through that angry phase where I felt I was working hard, but nothing was panning out. I was a mess to deal with. I was disrespectful to a lot of people, and just an all-around ass. No matter how much of a grouch I became, the world around me continued to crumble until I was alone. Once I was alone for a few months, my anger grew until I was blaming everyone for my shortcomings. Then one day I was just wandering, and found an old book and went to a passage I marked. The passage reminded me that in spite of all that was bad around me, there was no need to take my anger out on others. Those words didn’t sink in until a few months later where I realized that I couldn’t just force things into existence and still be angry and hateful. I had to work on dealing with the many reasons (personal shortcomings) that were causing me to lash out. As I started to deal with my anger, I noticed that certain situations that would cause me to fume before were just bouncing off of me. I realized that the reason those things didn’t bother me was because I started to develop a bigger picture of what I wanted. At that time, I just didn’t want to be angry anymore. Success and a business were a far off thought.

Remember, all of this will take time and baby steps. You will make mistakes and fall back, but you can recover as long as you don’t do anything stupid. To avoid the real troubles of life, working on staying balanced with your big picture in mind will help light your path.

Staying balanced helps you refine the dream. When you work to stay balanced you don’t have to chase the dream so much. You just have to create, and do your thing, and the opportunities will find you. Writing a book is a daunting task, but my life balance is what helps me to enjoy four hours of writing down my thoughts. At times, the words just seem to flow, and when they stop flowing, I stop and move to something else for a brief moment in time.

This is a part of a chapter from my book Learning Curve: How to Prepare For Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going by Pierce Brunson. Every Monday and Thursday for the next 12 weeks I will share parts of the book starting today 3/17/2014.  The next shares will come from my new book Rock The Crowd (Wednesday/ Friday Schedule starting 4/21/2014), a book that helps teachers give the best performances of their life as they teach their students.

Learning Curve: How To Prepare for Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going is dedicated to helping the high school student that desires success in life but doesn’t know exactly what they want to do or how to do it.  During this confusing and stressful time most students just pick a college major or get a job and just hope things work out. Well, that strategy is terrible!  The best strategy includes learning and adding the characteristics in this book to one’s personality so that as the right opportunities come along the student can take hold of them.  Learning Curve is the jumpstart information that helps teens prevent a lifetime of wishing, “if only someone would have told me”, once valuable opportunities have gone away.

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Educator, Know Thy Self!

Who Are You?

Who are you as a teacher? Right now, assess if you are cool and popular, or not. If you are a cool and popular teacher, good, but you may want to keep reading to make sure. If you think you may not be a cool and popular teacher, or you KNOW you are not, then keep reading, and you will get plenty of helpful tips to help change all of that.

Who you are defines how you will react to all students. As a teacher, your personality will also define how you react to all students. If your beliefs are so that you dislike a certain group of students, then it will show up when you have to deal with those students. You can’t hide from the truth. I am not saying that you should agree with everything, but you have to be accepting of the diversity of students you will have to interact with.

One of the worst things I have heard a teacher say is that all they want to do is “work with the good kids.” No shit, really? You only want to work with the kids doing everything you ask, at every moment, and do it enthusiastically? Well, I guess you don’t want to teach kids. Teenagers are the complete opposite. They are here to discover and decide. They will test the wall, and be strange. They will go against your valuable advice and directives, just like you did as a teen.

You have to work on being accepting of all students because they are changing just like those before them. They are trying to figure out the world and how they fit. They are all going through the same things every human on the planet goes through during their teen years.

Who you are will define if you stand up for, and support, your students. I believe that teachers have a duty to stand up for students. As gunmen enter schools, regularly as is the case lately, I am amazed at how teachers will stand up to these sure-death moments to protect the kids. Now, not every teacher needs to go through that to prove they are worthy, but check out your daily habits. Are you seeing each student in the best light?

In my class, you really had to prove you were an asshole of a kid before I would believe it. Over a thirteen year period, there were about five students total that really proved they were just going to be that type of person. I think that is a good ratio. Of the hundreds of kids, there was only a handful I would consider “too much” for me to handle. I did have some that were committed to testing my limits, but I always gave them another shot.

When it comes to delivering the best education to your students, you have to stand up for them. This is a daunting task with very little, monetary rewards. But you are rewarded by knowing you are at the forefront of creating and influencing excellent citizens.

Support comes in all forms, but students have told me they just need to feel that someone cares about them outside of their house. This amazed me, as many students shared that the care of a “stranger” became a trusted adult and made them feel like the world isn’t as bad as the news may show.

Who you are will define if you treat all students fairly, even when they don’t deserve it. On those days when they really work to break your spirit with any and every antic, you still have to treat them fairly. These can be the hardest of days, but I believe that the popular teachers know these days are coming, so they are not surprised. I am often amazed that teachers are surprised their kids will act imperfectly. However, how you approach all situations will help your days go better.

This is part of a chapter from my book Rock The Crowd: How The Cool Teachers Inspire More Students, Earn More Respect, and Become Lifelong Mentors. Every Wednesday and Friday (Starting April 8, 2014) I will share parts of every chapter. Don’t forget that the shares from my first book Learning Curve are on Monday and Thursday.

Is there anything better for students than being in the class of the cool teacher? When it comes to being a teenage student, and being forced to attend school, there is nothing better than a class where the teacher is passionate about education. How do these popular teachers continue to be the sparkle in the eyes of so many children, while there are others that can’t get them to pay attention? Rock the Crowd shares the methods of those teachers that are considered cool by students, while maintaining the best relationships for valuable learning to take place. For the “cool teacher,” the front of their classroom is their stage, and every day, for hours, they give the greatest performance their students have seen to date. The crowd-rocker teaches with passion and convictions that inspire real student connections and learning that last a lifetime. These teachers are popular, year after year, while others are still struggling to learn how to relate to the students. In Rock the Crowd, I share all the things cool teachers do that make them successful in working with, and producing, successful and long lasting, learning-centered relationships. Rock the Crowd is great for teachers who are struggling to find their teaching groove and to reenergize those that are already grooving.

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The Face of Failure, Welcome to Entrepreneurship!

What does the face of failure look like? There are many business books that tend to just wash over failures and up until this point I hadn’t had any. With Firefly we have retained every customer and were excited to start our new division. But what happens when you majorly fail on a big opportunity. Of course people would say, pick yourself up and move on but what does the emotion of the entrepreneur look like? What are the immediate feelings? How does one move on when all you want to do is bury your head in the sand? How do you feel like improving when the wound of failure is so fresh?

The list of feelings:
I want to quit, no one will ever trust me again, I guess I will give up on taking sports photos. give me my old job back, tha hell?, you should just give up on the dream, successful people never had it this hard, how embarrassing, when will I have the success I desire? tha hellx2, and so on.

All the positive Facebook and Instagram MEMES in the world won’t help right now. This is me and I hope I never have to do another video like this again.

I guess we will see how I rebound to make it better.

Right now I don’t know but watch the video and I will keep you updated.

Video Link: http://youtu.be/2hsln4tdcDc

Why High School Kids Should Improve Their Reading

Chapter 4: Improve Reading and Comprehension Skills

I hated reading when I was in high school. I had the skills, but I didn’t want to read. I thought it was dumb. I didn’t understand the power of being able to read at a high level. I also didn’t understand how to use my reading skills to help me on my path to success. Now, I read a lot. There was a year where I read 24 books on the subject of self-improvement. I really enjoy reading because I am actively looking for, and engaging in, the quest for information. The more you read, the more you experience and take into your brain. It doesn’t mean you understand every word of the information, or can think critically about every little detail, but it is where all those advanced mental skills develop. In order for you to be ready to achieve the success you desire, you have to expose yourself to a lot of related information. Reading is one of the easiest ways to get information into your think tank.

Why is reading important? Well, let’s call it reading comprehension.  Being able to understand what you read helps you focus your mind faster and accomplish your goals in a timely manner. Without a high skill to comprehend what you are reading, you may miss important facts or statements that are important to your development.  Improving your reading is a process. If you don’t read on a regular basis, don’t think you can just pick up a 700-page book and finish it within a few hours or days. That would be for the highly skilled readers.

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What you read is also important. You can’t be successful just reading comics and Instagram memes all day. You have to have focused reading time, and that reading should be in the subject or genre that is going to get you the results you are seeking. Take a moment to discover why you read; not why a teacher forces you to read, but why you would need the skills to read an abundance of information. Now, imagine that information being in relation to you being successful in your personal endeavor. Then, take the next moment to imagine you not developing your reading skills; how will not having the best reading skills effect your success when an opportunity becomes available? There are books that hold a wealth of knowledge on how to handle every situation. This reading will be important when you desire to achieve your goals.

When you are in school you are given many things to read, and they may be boring, but they are training your skills for that day when you need advanced reading skills. Trust me, I have been there, so I suggest you see reading as a way to improve your chance of the success you desire.

This is a part of a chapter from my book Learning Curve: How to Prepare For Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going by Pierce Brunson. Every Monday and Thursday for the next 12 weeks I will share parts of the book starting today 3/17/2014.  The next shares will come from my new book Rock The Crowd (Wednesday/ Friday Schedule starting 4/21/2014), a book that helps teachers give the best performances of their life as they teach their students.

Learning Curve: How To Prepare for Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going is dedicated to helping the high school student that desires success in life but doesn’t know exactly what they want to do or how to do it.  During this confusing and stressful time most students just pick a college major or get a job and just hope things work out. Well, that strategy is terrible!  The best strategy includes learning and adding the characteristics in this book to one’s personality so that as the right opportunities come along the student can take hold of them.  Learning Curve is the jumpstart information that helps teens prevent a lifetime of wishing, “if only someone would have told me”, once valuable opportunities have gone away.

Direct Link: https://www.createspace.com/4626501

Follow this blog to enjoy more samples from the book.

The Characteristics to Success

Section II: The Characteristics to Success

Always remember to make these characteristics your own so that you head in the direction you desire. Living your path and being of value to others will deliver you with multiple chances to have the focused and productive life you seek. If you are floating, then you are in the right place to make the right decisions so you can achieve the success you desire. Trust me on that.

While going through all of the following values, take a few moments weekly to see how small wins are starting to happen in your life. As you notice these small steps, you will notice yourself moving toward your goal. If your steps are taking you away from your goal, then you need to make a pivot. We all have to make pivots from time to time.

Be kind to yourself and others. We all make mistakes. Apologize for your mistakes and wrong doings so you can get back on track as fast as possible. Not everyone is going to forgive you for your wrong doings, so make them as small and infrequent as possible. Cherish the opportunity to see how far you have come in a month, semester, and then a year. Celebrate little wins with more action in the right direction, and celebrate bigger wins with others while doing something you enjoy.

You can’t work all the time, as the body and mind need a break. Yes, you can remain as structured and disciplined as possible, but you will burnout if you don’t take necessary, scheduled breaks. During your breaks, do something different to stimulate or relax other parts of your brain. If you have a relaxing destination or getaway, then feel free to use this space so you won’t overload yourself. There is a balance that is needed, and you don’t have to be a superhero. Leave that to the people in the comic books.

Trust that you can do it. Everyone starts from the bottom. This book started with one word, and from there it just grew as I was typing according to my goals. You will need all kinds of faith, trust, belief, and that “can do” spirit that you can muster for this journey, but you will make it if you get used to pivoting and not quitting.

This is a part of a chapter from my book Learning Curve: How to Prepare For Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going by Pierce Brunson. Every Monday and Thursday for the next 12 weeks I will share parts of the book starting today 3/17/2014.  The next shares will come from my new book Rock The Crowd (Wednesday/ Friday Schedule starting 4/21/2014), a book that helps teachers give the best performances of their life as they teach their students.

Learning Curve: How To Prepare for Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going is dedicated to helping the high school student that desires success in life but doesn’t know exactly what they want to do or how to do it.  During this confusing and stressful time most students just pick a college major or get a job and just hope things work out. Well, that strategy is terrible!  The best strategy includes learning and adding the characteristics in this book to one’s personality so that as the right opportunities come along the student can take hold of them.  Learning Curve is the jumpstart information that helps teens prevent a lifetime of wishing, “if only someone would have told me”, once valuable opportunities have gone away.

Direct Link: https://www.createspace.com/4626501

Follow this blog to enjoy more samples from the book.