Do It Alone, If Needed Questions for High School Success

The Going It Alone Lifestyle

  1. Name three books you are reading to help fill your mind with success thoughts.
  2. List three characteristics the people you need to help you on your road to success.
  3. How important is your dream? How will you keep that fire burning, even when you have to do it alone?
  4. What are the characteristics you possess that would encourage a person to work with you on your desired success?

 

The above information is from the book Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle by Pierce Brunson https://www.createspace.com/4786986

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 http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , 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 http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

 

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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 https://www.createspace.com/4786986

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 http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , 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 http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

 

Getting Over Demons for Academic Success Questions

The Getting Over Your Demons Lifestyle

  1. List three past issues you had to learn from. What did you learn about each one?
  2. What are you dealing with now that needs to be left in the past? Why do you need to leave it there?
  3. How can you refocus your mind and get back to enjoying the success path you were on?
  4. How often do you speak to a helpful adult about issues you may be having? How would doing so help you and your desired success?

The above questions are from the book Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle by Pierce Brunson https://www.createspace.com/4786986

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 http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , 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 http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

 

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 https://www.createspace.com/4786986

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 http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , 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 http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

 

Questions to Help Push Beyond Academic Average

The Beyond Average Lifestyle

  1. List three people you associate with who help you push beyond average results.
  2. How can pushing beyond average help you achieve greatness in your life?
  3. List three ways you can recover from failures and setbacks so you are better off than before they happened.
  4. List three breaks you can take to re-energize your body and mind.

Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle by Pierce Brunson https://www.createspace.com/4786986

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 http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , 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 http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

 

 

Push Beyond Average for High School Success

When I was a high school social studies teacher, the first day of school was filled with me spouting rules and handing out the class text to each student. Nothing like handing out a packet of rules and a ten-pound book to shake the nerves of sophomores! The bar I set in my class was that the effort needed to make an average grade was a C, or 69.5% to 79.4%. This average bar was very difficult to get over for all students because I believed in challenging my students to become better learners. I believe that if you make an effort to always push beyond average, you will make some great strides within your high school years.

Why push beyond average? Why not? As a teacher, I would always wonder why students weren’t pushing beyond average in some part of their life. There were kids who played video games that I would destroy at their game of choice. I would say, “You mean to tell me this is all you do, and I get on the stick and beat you? At least destroy me so I see how you are spending your time.” Nothing wrong with video games, but if you aren’t at least dominant at it after all that time, why bother? In high school, I really cared about baseball. I would practice all the time just to keep up with the other players on the team. It was tough because I always had to hold my own by practicing on my own for hours. There was dedication for pushing beyond average. Even if you were better than me at one area, I would still find a way to win. I didn’t have a name for it; I just worked my butt off to not be even close to the weakest link.

Where are you pushing beyond average? You can’t be the class clown and have mediocre jokes all the time. You can’t be the A+ student and have a report card full of C’s. There has to be something you push yourself beyond being average at. Can you claim to be the best at anything in your neighborhood? Once you can, you need to do like we did as kids. Go a neighborhood over and test your skills to see if you are really as good as you think.

Pushing beyond average has to be connected to your personal pride and self-esteem. Everyone should know you are dominant in something. If not dominant, then you are above average and would be considered the go-to person. One of the best things I would see as a teacher was when a student decided to do better in class. They usually made the big decision to move their seat to a better place in the classroom. They had to make that walk of shame to the area of the room where the smart kids were doing their thing. They had to abandon their old friends and go to be near the other kids they deemed “not worthy” a few weeks ago. The best part of this would be the respect the group of “smart” kids would suddenly have in the lives of those performing below average.

In order to push beyond average, you need to know that average means the activity or class you are involved in. If there are teachers tougher than others, it may require you to deliver more effort just to earn an average grade than in another situation. In order to know this, it is best to ask what the expectations are, and see how that matches up to what you are able to deliver. If you have minimal skills, you will need to improve your skills in order to master the class or activity. By knowing what you are up against, you can also make the right decisions if you need more of a challenge. I believe it is good for high school students to have teachers who are very challenging on every level. Why should the honors and advanced placement students be the only ones challenged? Regular curriculum classes need to be very challenging also, so if you have to take a class at this level, look for a teacher who will challenge you. Being challenged will help you be more successful in the long run.

 

Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle by Pierce Brunson https://www.createspace.com/4786986

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 http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , 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 http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

 

 

Helpful Questions to Educational Success

The Two Minutes Lifestyle

  1. List three areas in your life that, if you were more organized, you would see greater success from.
  2. Take the next two weeks to spend a small amount of time organizing these areas. Record your results here once you have them organized.
  3. List 4 high school teachers you should write a short letter of appreciation to. Then write the letters and give them.
  4. List three important things you need to do each day. They can be the same things, or different, depending on the results you desire.

 

Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle by Pierce Brunson https://www.createspace.com/4786986

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 http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , 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 http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos