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

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 , 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,, and

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