Education Success Questions: Live Outside Your Comfort Zone

The Outside Your Comfort Zone Lifestyle

  1. Where can you visit and learn from other cultures so you are a better person?
  2. Name two “crumbs” you need to leave behind so you can move on to better things on your success path.
  3. What 3 actions can you take to show that life is about the hard work you do, and not about the luck you have?
  4. Where in your plan for success will you need to move away from the crowd and the direction they are going?

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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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

 

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

 

 

Work Smarter For Success In Education

There is a saying you probably have heard by now, “Work smarter, not harder.” However, how do you work smarter if you don’t know how “dumb” you are working? Sure, people can tell you ways to improve your processes so you are more productive, but is that what’s best for you? The issue with the work smarter campaign is it assumes you are working dumb. This can be a burden to people just starting out on their journey, such as high school kids. You have to know the work smarter thought is missing an additional ingredient, which I state as, “Work as smart and efficient as you can, until you learn and implement a better strategy.” This is what the statement should really sound like, but people prefer short and quick quips and memes to post on the internet. When you read a thought like this, I hope you are taking the time to understand the meaning of such a statement. Working smarter is a generic way to say, “Learn to be more efficient with your efforts.” By learning to use your energy properly, you will get great results in a shorter amount of time. As you continue to use your energy the best way possible, you will see your ability to accomplish more is directly connected to your systems and processes.

Work smarter by embracing failure as part of the journey. It is impossible to work smarter without some form of failure, so get over the fact that you will fail. Learning a new subject or sport is a daunting task for anyone. Failure is a must for anyone looking for success. What the working smarter model embraces is analyzing your efforts and making the best changes for better results. As you are learning new languages, you are going to say the words incorrectly, but having a teacher help you say them correctly after your failure brings you closer to success. If you are working to learn a language in high school, and desire to be fluent, you must employ online programs, tutors, or cultural connections to gain the results you desire. As you begin the process of correcting your failures immediately, you will see gains in speaking ability in a shorter amount of time.

This is true of anything you want to learn. Long gone are the days of just doing something in class, and that being enough effort to be successful. In today’s world, you have to almost submerge yourself into the new process you desire to learn, due to the availability of so many additional resources. Say goodbye to the days of just sprinting in practice to get faster; now, you have to put in time outside of practice. If you want that time to be well spent, you have to evaluate your ability and make the right changes. When a coach or mentor isn’t around to show you the way, there are always a good number of videos on the subject on YouTube. Many instructional videos on this site can help the learner at any time of the day. Thanks to the internet, learning and accomplishing is now a 24 hour possibility. When you fail, your new help is on the internet, ready, with a video, to share how you can turn those failures in to successes as quickly as possible. By embracing failure, and making the necessary changes to improve, you will not fear failure, but invite the opportunity more often, knowing you have a process to deal with it and improve your actions toward your desired success.

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

 

My New Book: Work Ethic

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

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

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Learning Curve Video: http://youtu.be/9xp-ikkQ1TU