Work Ethic: Decide Now Chapter 1 Questions

The questions are from each chapter of my book called Work Ethic. They are designed to create thought so that you will be able to focus on the desires you see yourself accomplishing in your lifetime. Answer the questions as best as you can and then get to work accomplishing the construction of your personal desires.

The Decision Lifestyle

1. Name three things you think define a successful lifestyle.

2. What does a successful lifestyle look like to you?

3. What three things can you decide on, today, that would help you move closer to building your successful lifestyle?

4. What three things are you doing on a daily basis that will help you to achieve a successful lifestyle?

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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Work Ethic: Introduction

Work Ethic: The Introduction

When you really want something in life, you have to go and get it. No matter how hard the task is to achieve, or how difficult the climb, most people go for it when they really want to. In Work Ethic, you will discover why your high school years should be the beginning of the best years of your life, how they can propel your future into a more positive self-designed shape, and what characteristics help improve your work ethic for better results.

No one can motivate you to take action. Reading all the books and watching all of the inspiring videos in the world won’t make you awesome at something. You will still have to do the work. And if you have to do the work, why not give your best? Why not find ways to improve on your best? Why not take this moment, while you are in high school, and decide you are going to be great at something that helps the world and brings you more happiness than you could even imagine?

Success is more than a goal; it is a lifestyle. Successful people first embrace what it takes to accomplish their goals, and then create the right life environment so their success can flourish. As you read this book, think of living a lifestyle of success and what that looks like to you. Goals are just measuring points along the way. The time to create your successful lifestyle starts in high school.

What will define you living a successful lifestyle? I define it as freedom: freedom to do what I want when I trade my efforts for results. Most high school students just look to get a good job when they graduate, and hope that by having a good job, they will have a happy life. There is no way that will be possible if you don’t think about your life and the freedoms you can enjoy if you found the right job or career. Your priorities will change over time, but while you are in high school you can start to think about the type of life you want, and apply the characteristics in Work Ethic to your life.

I believe people want, more than anything, the freedom to live their life as they desire. I also believe the school systems have suppressed this thought, in turn making students believe the right job from a list of possible college majors will somehow facilitate this freedom. I know high school students are smarter than that and know something is missing from that equation.

The job or career you do should be an exchange you agree to so you can have the things you desire. Sure, the job market is set up on a 9-5, 40 hours a week system, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow that plan. What would you do to have all the freedom you could enjoy in life? I’m not just talking about weekends off and four weeks of vacation time, but a freedom where you were so productive with your hours that you took more vacations and made more money. What if your freedom was based on the calendar you chose for your life? How hard would you work then? What would you trade for a life like that? Would you study more? Would you work harder in athletic practices? Would you be a better teammate? Would you be a better sibling, son or daughter? Would you be happier? Sure you would.

Everything in Work Ethic is about your freedom and what you will do to keep it, grow it, and be an example to others. There are plenty of people who enjoy the 9-5 lifestyle and accept the tradeoff it offers. For you, there needs to be an understanding of what you desire, and a personal knowing that you will do whatever it takes to achieve the ultimate freedom for your life. Take the characteristics in Work Ethic and apply them to your life. Watch as you gain more freedom due to the productivity you are able to achieve. It isn’t an easy mindset to have, but you can achieve the lifestyle you desire with a great work ethic.

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 http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

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

 

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.

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

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Learn From Failures to Achieve Success

Chapter 13: Learn from Failures

Failure can come to everyone in many different shapes and sizes. No matter what the failure is, you have to remember that you have a big picture goal for your life, and these small setbacks are a part of that journey. No one gets through this life without some setbacks; if we deal with our setbacks the correct way, we have the opportunity to turn the next opportunity into a success.

In order to turn those setbacks into winners the next time, we must take note and understand why we failed this time. Sometimes we fail because the other person is just better, or sometimes because we didn’t do what we needed to and other times it just isn’t in the cards for at that moment. You need to have an honest approach to why you failed to get the result. In my business, we have used the honest approach to make numerous pivots that have helped us create a better product for the students we are going to serve in the future.  Things have changed so much for the better that I am thankful for those failures, as they helped me create a better company.

When dealing with failure the correct way, you will have to be honest with your assessment of you efforts. Also, remember that you are only one person, and you can’t do everything all by yourself, so cut yourself some slack. However, you are a very capable and valuable person. I know it is hard to believe that a person with all the success you desire ever went through any real rough patches, but if you had to live their starter years, you would see that they had to go through all the things that you are going through for their success. When it comes to failure, there are times when you will know why you achieved, or didn’t achieve, your goal and other times you will not know. That is just a part of life. There are times when I am working with my other company that I work hard with a school to make a connection and they say no. They rarely give any real reasons for why they said no, and if I knew the real reason I still probably wouldn’t be able to change their mind. Some failures you just chalk up to “that’s just life.” Work to take what you can learn from the experience and move on.  You have a ton of work to do, and your time is being wasted wondering why a person didn’t. Remember, just like you have the right to pick and choose, so do they.

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 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

Championship Mentality Part 2 by Pierce Brunson

This video is the second part of my thoughts on the championship mentality and how it relates to success and where you desire to be in life.  I believe that most of us forget that we are designing a lifestyle that incudes living our purpose along with helping and inspiring others.  Everyone wants success but on what scale?  Each person needs to figure out what it takes to get to the peak of their industry and then decide where they want to fall on the ladder of success.

Video Link:  Championship Mentality Part 2

Enjoy the video and let me know your thoughts.