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 Thinking Greatness While in High School

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 Thinking Greatness Lifestyle

  1. List three activities you are involved in where thinking greatness will help improve the effort you give to those activities.
  2. In what ways have you failed, and how did you overcome the failure? How would a greatness mindset have helped you move past the failure faster?
  3. How can your greatness mentality and accomplishments help others in the future?
  4. Do you believe your success story can help others become successful?
  5. How can knowing that your successes will not only help you, but inspire others, boost your confidence when things don’t go your way?

Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle 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

 

Wake Up Ready to Succeed

Expectations are crucial when it comes to how your day is going to go. Many people think so poorly of their day before they have even have breakfast. How do you get out of bed in the morning? Are you up and ready to go? Do you tell yourself you aren’t a morning person? Do you need to get up earlier to get motivated? No matter the time you awake, you should always rise knowing you will make a positive mark on the world. Many students wake up with negative thoughts about school and the possibilities of anything great happening. They are almost in shock that something good can come out of a day when they are forced to go to school and learn something they don’t like learning about. These students lack the understanding that the day is full of many types of possibilities, but having the mindset of positivity helps focus on the good that is happening, rather than the bad. If bad does happen, you now have an opportunity to make some good out of it. Most people don’t have tragic days. Tragedy is different, and out of your control. However, a positive attack on the day to accomplish your personal desires is always closer than you think.

By waking up ready to succeed, you have the opportunity to add more fun in your life. You see the world very differently, and are willing to put in the work to make your desires come true. There is nothing magical to it. By waking up ready to succeed, you develop an expectation that the day will move you closer to your goals. You will start to notice that many “smaller” issues stay small, and don’t become bigger, because the way you are dealing with them.

Wake up ready to succeed by taking 30 minutes the night before to prepare. Before you end your day, take a few minutes to think about the next day and its possibilities. I write down all the things I want to accomplish the next day on a small notepad. I wake up knowing that I have a great day planned, and if I accomplish many of the things on the list, then I will be continuing on my successful lifestyle journey. Don’t worry, there are plenty of days where the list is too long and the hours are too short. There are days when I complete the entire list, and there are the days when the list creates more things than I can do. The idea is to limit being busy doing things that don’t matter, and use your best energy to work on the things that do.

Creating a list isn’t about being perfect every day; it is about focusing your actions to create the life you desire. The list is directing your energy toward the things that will deliver the most return. The list can also be looked at, and changed, as you see fit.

 

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

 

 

SEO Explained in Great Detail

This is one of the best articles that explains SEO that I have found.  Why? Well, it makes it simple and gets right to the point of what I need and how to accomplish it through my website.  As of yesterday I had a person call me for a photography job because they searched google maps and I was in the area and came up first.  Very interesting since there are a ton of photographers in my area but there had to be a key word that locked us together.  Well, the session was booked and that is money coming my way.

Being able to check your SEO on your website and know who you are trying to connect to is like having a great errand list.  Get the day in order so that you can accomplish things in less time.  SEO helps you connect to customers, readers, and fans faster so that you can get to the task of engaging with those that want to engage with you. Check out the article and see if it helps you connect to those that want to connect to you.

http://community.paper.li/2014/06/02/seo-what-it-is-and-why-its-important/

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Work Ethic: The Blog Schedule

The blog schedule for reading parts of my new book on Tuesday and Thursday.  Each week will feature a part of the chapter on Tuesday while sharing the follow up questions on Thursday.  The start will be tomorrow, June 17, 2014.

Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle
Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK

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.

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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

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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Thinking vs. Believing by Pierce Brunson

Thinking vs. Believing by Pierce Brunson

On my walk this morning I was faced with realizing that my life was, again, at a turning point. There is nothing like starting a business and working it but there is also nothing like starting a lifestyle and working it. Within the last few months my thoughts have moved from career to lifestyle in such a way that there seems to be another mass of information I need to process in order to fully understand my journey.

This morning I was thinking about my actions and what I believed about my abilities. As I am moving into the motivational speaking for high schools part of my lifestyle change I have been challenged on my beliefs (since kids can sense BS). I believe in my mission but there are times where thinking gets in the way. I have noticed that there are distinct differences between thinking and believing.

1. Thinking is easy to mold and shape like clay. Beliefs are very concrete and require a destruction of their foundation to change. This is why it takes people, including myself, to make the right changes for our life (even when the thoughts of what to do show up).

2. Thinking the same thing over time solidifies our beliefs even if we don’t realize the small bits of bad information are hardening to our belief system. Like barnacles or plaque we don’t notice until it is too late.

3. We have more power over our thinking very early in our lives than we believe. This is why kids are ready to take on the world at a young age, the belief of failure hasn’t taken hold yet. I believe we need to help students fight this negative thought building before it sets in.

4. You have to surround yourself with life thinkers if you want to change. This is why high school is so powerful. Every adult there is rooting on kids and willing to work with the students to see them succeed/ graduate. Even if you have a not so great home life school is a refuge for so many. The reason is that high school is all about being and achieving success (graduation). The world after graduation isn’t so supportive. You have to FIND the right people to get support while being the right person to give support.

5. Thinking my shape us but belief causes our actions. We only act on our belief system. Point blank, period. As the saying goes “Whether you can or can’t, both are equally true.”

Take some time this week to think and challenge your thinking about yourself and start to remove thought plaque from your belief system. You will have to do some work but you will find that a positive belief system is what you have always desired. Share, comment, follow.

I will start a video series on Thinking vs. Believing for high school students on 4/10/2014 on my YouTube page here https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

-Pierce

Author: Rock The Crowd: How The Cool Teachers Inspire More Students, Earn More Respect, and Become Lifelong Mentors. https://www.createspace.com/4703109

Author: Learning Curve, How to Prepare for Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going
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Learning Curve Video: http://youtu.be/9xp-ikkQ1TU