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

 

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Get Stuff Done

Chapter 17: Get Stuff Done

I never mind working, but even work has to be directed with purpose. As I sit and write this book, the rest of my family is resting. Granted, I get my rest in, but as much as I want to rest, I also know the importance of getting this book published. No matter how much I dream, I have to sit and get it done. There are times where I wish I could just talk it into existence, but that isn’t going to work for me. At some point, I would have to take the time and write the words. You can’t just hit the keyboard of your computer and expect to have a book written. Again, you have to focus, and type the right words. You have to know where you are going with the words. You have to physically get it done.

One thing that hampers students is perfection, or trying to be too perfect. Giving your best effort means that you are willing to give something extra that will help you achieve a goal. Many times, students will get caught up in trying to be exactly perfect that it stops them from acting in general. No one is good at doing things last minute, but funny how the night before an assignment is due you can make miracles happen. We have all been there, and waited until the last minute to do something. Think of all the things you do when you have to. Think of how you turn off your phone, computer, and other distractions to complete an assignment. You don’t work better under this pressure because it is just a false sense of hope. This pressure is helping you get focused. That last minute push to complete something is because you know and understand the consequences. You don’t like to fail, or look stupid, so you really push. This is what you need to be doing on a regular basis. Working ahead may not be your thing, so you will always need that push of the possibility of unwanted failure at your back. Not the best approach, so I suggest you just adopt the action of “getting things done.” Let’s go so far as to say “getting the right things done.”

Getting the right things done also means doing what will get you to your goal as fast as possible. While writing this book, I thought of the many schools and people I could send info to about it. I had to sit down and make a list of all the places and people I wanted to share my book with. Now, I could have just thought about and waited until the book was published, but I, too, will procrastinate, so I started telling people that my book would be out by a certain date and to look for it. Now, that is pressure because it takes time to publish a book, so the writing has to be done way beforehand. This date has forced me to get things done and focus on getting the right things done.

So from here on out…Get Stuff Done! Just do it and follow up. Don’t leave your energy in the hands of things that are taking away more than they are returning. Now, that doesn’t mean destroy all video games, and read books, but it means know how and what you need to do effects your day, year, and future. There was a time where I spend hours at a time playing video games and watching sports. Now, I really limit those activities so that I can produce these books for students. Call it sacrifice, or just call it what it is, getting shit done.

Need a process? Ask yourself these questions.

  1. What do I need to do today so that I accomplish my important goal for the week? Month? Year?
  2. If I did the really important stuff for two hours, how much time would I have to do the really unimportant stuff?
  3. If I don’t know what I want to do yet, is it really that important that I have a set of skills ready for when opportunity knocks?

Here are the questions that are on my phone that I use to check myself when times are really tough.

  1. If you quit and go back to where you were, will you get to where you want to go?
  2. If you quit, what you are doing now and move to something else will the process to success be any easier?
  3. Which is the better: action right now, quitting, or making a pivot?
  4. What pivot will move you closer to your goal?
  5. What action will move you closer to a sale or personal connection?
  6. When you accomplish a huge task and hit your “sweet spot”, will you see that all of this mess was worth all the effort?

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.

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.

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

Follow this blog to enjoy more samples from the book.

The Life Vision of Pierce Brunson

This is my focus and where my energy will be going to achieve my new lifestyle of helping high school students and teachers have better days.  I am not a person that buys into the doom and gloom of life.  I believe that we do have one opportunity to make our time on earth what we desire.  That desire comes through experience and choice.  We get to choose how we will live our life and if we don’t like we can make any changes we want.

I choose to focus my energy on my businesses and speaking career.  I will continue to challenge myself to live a life of personal accomplishment and helping others.  Take a look at the video and let me know what you think.

Video Link

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