Education Success Tip: Live Outside Your Comfort Zone

One of my favorite parts of teaching was to get students to stretch themselves beyond their current set of thoughts and abilities. That is the essence of learning and growing. You will constantly grow as you move down your success path. While teaching, I made sure every student lived outside of their comfort zone while trying to make the best grade possible. I would push my students, raise the requirements weekly, and even challenge them with other forms of learning. Life outside a person’s comfort zone is uncomfortable, to say the least. However, if you are able to understand your teacher is working to get you to go beyond where you are comfortable going, you will understand and appreciate the high school education opportunity.

Some of the best teachers are the ones who push and have high levels of expectations of their students. It isn’t about the work they are doing, but rather how the work helps each student grow in a way that is important to the skills of the student. If you are going to be successful, there will be times when you will need to push yourself and then find others who can push you when you need it.

Live outside your comfort zone by learning from others who are different than you. One of my favorite cultural experiences was visiting Costa Rica while working as a teacher. It was exciting to see a different way of life another culture. I was able to talk with the locals about the importance of their schools and education system. As a teacher, this experience in Costa Rica was valuable as I learned the power of education for all human beings. I believe we get caught up in our own world, and forget we are a small part of the population on the planet. There are plenty of other cultures that value education, and make the best use of the system they have in place. Visiting other locations and speaking with other cultures about their life and success goals can help you shape your life.

Your life and experiences don’t have to be limited to the bubble you live in. There is a world of exciting thought and education that can help you understand the bigger picture. Find different programs that can help you with these experiences while in high school. If you can’t do it in high school, many colleges offer study abroad programs at no additional tuition costs to you, the student. Take advantage of these opportunities by looking for, and attending, groups that value travel and connecting with other cultures to improve lifelong learning and experience.

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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Questions for Education Success: Having Grit

The Having Grit Lifestyle

  1. How have you had to deal with negative talk about something you really wanted to accomplish?
  2. List three times when you have let the negative talk keep you from accomplishing something you wanted to do.
  3. List three times when you had to deal with a teacher you felt wasn’t on your side. What were the results?
  4. How can you better deal with a teacher who seems to not be on your side?

 

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

 

Education Success Trait: You Have to Have Grit

“The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be outworked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things—you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple. . . .”

– Oscar-nominated actor and Grammy award-winning musician, Will Smith

If you haven’t seen this video clip on YouTube, you are missing a powerful explanation of what it takes to make it. Grit is the part of your work ethic that refuses to give up. Its only purpose is to keep pushing you to higher levels and toward the goal you desire.

You have to have grit when things don’t go your way. The life of the successful isn’t created overnight like the life of a millionaire lottery winner is. You have to deal with the chance of losing it all in order to clear the way for something new to grow. All I know, through seeing with my own eyes, is that success comes to those who are too stubborn to realize when life is trying to keep them down, and they just keep getting up. They are the ones who find a way when someone says there is no way.

Many times, things won’t go your way because of something you did. You made a mistake and now you have to pay for it. I know no one likes paying for their mistakes because it is easier to blame someone else for the shortcomings of who we are. On the road to success, there is only you. You can’t control everything, but you can control if you are going to be responsible or not. Many people aren’t able to achieve success because they refuse to be responsible for what it takes to get there. I am fully aware of these mistakes as a coach. There were many years when the teams I coached enjoyed success, and then there were those two years when nothing I did worked, and I had to understand the players just didn’t want it bad enough. I get that everyone wants to win, but there is a price to pay. If you aren’t willing to pay that price, then you aren’t willing to win. At the end of my successful seasons, I could actually say we were beaten by the better team. Those other years, I wasn’t able to say that. My players just weren’t responsible enough for success.

You are 100% responsible for your actions, even when things don’t go your way. This reminds me of a classroom situation where the failing kid would say, “You must not like us since everyone is failing this class.” I would say, “First of all, not everyone is failing, and what does me liking you have to do with having the right answer on the test, or turning in your homework?” There are more options now for success than ever before, so why then do we not see a skyrocket in success? Success takes grit when the good turns bad and you have to keep pushing forward. As you move down the road to your successes, there will be plenty of people with plenty of reasons not to like you, but what does that have to do with your success? You may use is as a crutch to help explain your shortcomings, but honestly, are they really stopping you from having 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

 

Questions to Answer: Letting the Right People Help You

The Let the Right People Help You Lifestyle

  1. What are three areas you want to improve, and could use the wisdom of a coach or mentor?
  2. How can the right people influence your decisions for the success you desire?
  3. Name three people you can share your dreams with who would give you honest feedback. Set up a 15 minute meeting with them and share your dream.
  4. How will knowing the right people help you on your journey to the success you desire?

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

 

Success Trait: Letting the Right People Help You

Attempting to be a success all alone will work for a while, but I have learned you can’t become the success you desire to be all by yourself. There will be times when you have to grind things out all by your lonesome. But then there will be the times when you will have to identify the right people you need to help your dream of success come true.

To put things another way, would you be in school if someone, years ago, didn’t send you there? Would you even wake up if someone didn’t demand you get your butt out of bed and be productive? Would you even be graduating if teachers didn’t beg you to learn the material so you can pass the class? Would you run as fast if a coach didn’t yell at you to get it moving? Would you swim so well if a coach didn’t scream for you to kick your legs for hours? Would you be playing that instrument if you didn’t have someone in your life demanding you practice until you have the notes correct? Trust me, you have had a lot of right people helping you. You need to view them as such. There is no way people become great in a void. There are only a few people in the history of the world so intrinsically motivated they kept fighting for what they wanted no matter what. Even then, they had something or someone earlier in their life who motivated them. The rest of us have to depend on the right people to help us get to where we want to go. The worst part about being outside of high school is you meet more people who tell you what you want to hear, rather than what is good for you to hear. Many of the high school teachers I know are good at telling kids what they need to hear. No matter how bad it was, teachers are excellent at assessing your situation and continually pushing you to be your best.

When I was coaching, there was no money for an assistant coach, so I had to do it all myself. Since, in a previous coaching stint, I had tasted the sweet nectar of being able to travel to a state championship, I wanted nothing less than that for my new team. During that time as a coach, I did it all by myself. I had very little help, not that I needed or asked for it. I developed the off-season training sessions and postseason workouts, I developed our fund raising program, designed new uniforms, produced all the game videos (you can view this on YouTube under “Pierce Brunson”), and planned senior night. My players had the luxury of just being players, and they excelled. After three years, we had a season that wasn’t up to my expectations and I burned out and quit. Without having the right people in my life to tell me to take a week and chill, I just walked away from the game, and I regretted that decision later on. I did my best to try to save face, but inside I was just bitter.

When you have the right people in your life, they let you be bitter, but they don’t let you do something stupid. They are there to tell you the truth and keep you from acting in a way you will regret.

Respect those working hard to put good information in your brain so you have more to think about than anger or bitterness. The right people will show up if you continue to respect what they are offering.

Let the right people help you with your school work. One of my favorite moments as a teacher is when a student that wasn’t doing so well in class made a decision to become a better student and put in more effort. As their behaviors changed, so did their friends. I noticed when the kids that weren’t doing great wanted to do better, they would ask the better students for help. Nobody is stupid. Once people decide to wake up, and live a successful life, they find any and every way to ask the “smarter” people. It’s amazing that students actually take good advice, but ONLY when they are ready. When you are ready to improve your efforts in life, you have to connect to the right people. You have to ask the students who are good at studying about their study habits. Just like you would find the information to improve in any area, when you want to study better to get better grades, you will find the right people.

By connecting to the right people, you are able to improve your efforts faster because they can tell you the right and wrong ways to study. You know by having better study habits, your grades have a greater chance of improving, so you have to connect to the right people. Connecting to the right people doesn’t mean becoming a burden on them so their grades slip. Your goal is to get enough information you can become self-sufficient, move closer to your desires for success, and, later, help others do the same. Just because you connect once doesn’t mean you will see instant results. Bad habits take time to get rid of. Be patient with yourself and your ability to make positive actions stick.

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

 

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

 

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