Being Aware of the Journey

After my writing session tonight I felt like I had a few words left in the tank so I wanted to blog. I believe the hardest thing about leaving the classroom for this writing and photography lifestyle is that I never realized how much I could control in my life. In one year, since I realize that I really wasn’t going back to the classroom I have expanded my business, acquired a job teaching photography at the local college and published two books…all while working to keep the lights on and the phone activated.

The few things I learned are:

  1. Times moves slow when you are looking at the clock but moves fast when you look at a calendar.
  2. When moving into a new lifestyle you have to be fully committed and all in or your new venture is just a hobby.
  3. Not everyone will follow your dream, including the ones that say they love you the most.
  4. The entrepreneurial lifestyle can be lonely, very lonely at the beginning.
  5. One person and their talent can open up a new world of possibilities.
  6. Lifestyle goals are important.
  7. Exercise is a lifestyle.
  8. Eating right is a lifestyle.
  9. I’m not 20 anymore and I can’t go all night, I need rest.
  10. I am very dedicated to making my ventures successful.

That is all for the night.

-PB

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Success

Chapter 3: Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Success

I have sat at two commencement ceremonies wondering what I was going to do next as they asked us to move our tassel from right to left.  That isn’t a good feeling. College for me wasn’t this great learning experience; it was educational purgatory. Just a place where I went until some sort of job happened. In college, I did all the things you should do, like get involved, go to meetings, sit on planning boards, but I didn’t have that thirst to really go for something. One summer at home, I decided to work with kids. It was pleasing enough and I thought it would be cool. I also spent that summer videotaping and photographing all the crazy things we did. So, after a summer of videotaping my friends, I thought about majoring in film, and teaching kids.  This choice was hardly on the road to personal success and inspiration, but finally I could see a light at the end of the tunnel. The next moment I arrived back at college, I added a minor of secondary education. Finally, I had attained a degree that helped me be  employable. I really felt a burden was lifted as I could finally tell my dad I had a plan to get a job.

I believe the best approach to college is to know that you are exchanging large sums of money for an opportunity to look better on a resume. For some, they will actually learn a valuable skill. Most of us will learn how to write 3000 word papers by 11:59am the day it is due.  Sad but true. We may make some friends, but if we really don’t know what we desire to do then we can’t make the right steps to improve who we are as a person.

That graduation day was quite memorable. I was scared because I really didn’t know what I was going to do. There were people that were excited to graduate while I was dying inside. Yes, I was employable as a teacher, but I really just wanted to get a job to please others. Where was that inspiration in life that I was promised I would glean from college? Where was the mentality of me running from the campus into the world to take it on with all my might?

After college, I was still confused, but worked for a bit.  After a move back to Florida I landed a job as a teacher. Finally, I was using my degree. Within three years, I completed my Master’s degree, and had a real desire to be a high school principal. Four years, I realized, that there was nothing I enjoyed more than teaching kids. There wasn’t a better job in the world, but it had its limitations. In a modern world of achievement and limitless potential, teaching became a place where my mind was boxed in. I loved being in front of the class and teaching World History and Sociology, but that wasn’t enough. I loved coaching and building up a team, but even that had some limitations. After a personal leave of absence to take care of my son, I finally walked away from teaching to be more of what I needed to be. That is where I realized how much I had missed on my journey to where I wanted to be. This book is for you, the high school student that is currently floating. No, I don’t have a magic cure for you to find what you are looking for, but I know there are certain skills that if you apply them and add them to your character, you will have a better chance of success when you finally find what you want to do.

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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Learning Curve: Public School Years

Chapter 2: The Public School Years

I remember the career days in elementary school. Now I think it is called the Great American Teach In, but it still serves the same purpose; introducing students to the world of jobs and careers. I enjoyed the fire truck spraying that hose from the top of the extended ladder. There were many cool things to see on those days.

The career day got even better at the next educational level called middle school. I remember the special guests that would visit our classes in middle school to talk about their profession. They always had cool stuff to show or handout that kept my interest. Now it seems like a trick because the people only showed the cool part of their jobs.  I would listen and think the stuff was cool, but I don’t remember ever thinking that I wanted to do any of those jobs. I think there were some kids that were inspired by the visits, but in middle school, should you know what you want to do? I guess I was kid-like enough to think I could play baseball forever. You know that around-the-room moment where they ask the kids what they want to be when they grow up. I am pretty sure my answer was always a baseball player. Then I remember Toby, the kid who said he was going to be an optometrist. I thought, damn, you know that in middle school? Mind you, this was long before the days of medical magnet elementary and middle schools, so there wasn’t a real push for kids to know these big doctor specialist words so early. These were simpler days, or so I thought. But he knew what he wanted to be. I remember the word because it was such a big word that flowed from his mouth. That moment tends to still rattle my brain a bit. He said it with such confidence, as if he knew that it was going to happen. I just moved on…I was probably very proud of my answer of being a baseball player (I played a lot of baseball).

If you can relate with my story thus far, then you are reading the right book. I have been there, stuck without a good answer, when the teacher or guidance counselor asks, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. I still don’t even know exactly what that means.  Maybe they should ask a better question.

 

QUESTION:

  1. By age 40, what do you want to be doing to
    1. Earn money for yourself and family?
    2. Live a life that you would describe as happy and successful?
    3. Ensure that you will have the opportunity to pursue what you genuinely feel is important to you?

This book will get back to helping answer that question, but for now enjoy the rest of the story.

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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Follow this blog to enjoy more samples from the book.

Learning Curve: Floating Along

Chapter 1: Floating Along

What do you do when you finally wake up to your talents and abilities and you are 33 years old? Who do you tell your dreams to when your peers are working, starting families, and seem to have found their niche in life? What do you do with the loneliness of indecision at such a late age? How do you stop the grinding of your soul begging for more from you, and you don’t know where to start? Welcome to my world, 9 years ago. I finally got to the point where I felt I had to do something I really wanted to do with my life. You see, I fell under that category of a person that has many talents, but hasn’t found where they should fit in society. When this happens, you rarely develop any of your talents; they just sit dormant as you stare off into space hoping for an answer. Years ago I started to read a ton of books about success, business people, and things written by people who have found their “thing” in life. These readings inspired me to really go for “it.” But what was “it?” Did I want to be a doctor, lawyer, continue to be a high school teacher, or do something else?

I found that my classroom and coaching duties were fulfilling, but there seemed to be this limit to what I could accomplish and be awarded while in those roles. I watched as many of my friends were having success in life, and I wondered, how do they know what they want to do?

How do we discover what we want to do in a world where those that know what they want to do have a leg up, and seem to get there faster? Why do most of us float around, even though we have college degrees, for decades before we find something that really causes us to jump out of bed in the morning and go for it in life? I don’t know about where your confusion level started, but I know that mine started in high school.

While in high school, I realized that my life plan wasn’t going to be the status quo of picking a major and entering the workforce in that field.  There were so many things I was interested in, and pretty good at doing, that when it came down to picking a college and a major, I froze and went with what I had always been doing; visual art. I had no real understanding of how to turn that into a rewarding career, or find a job in that field; I just assumed it would happen. As I developed and moved along to another college, I found myself saying things like, “I like ______________”, or “I think _____________ would be cool.”  Not the best way to grow and develop the skills necessary to live the life that you desire. Those blanks were filled with many different thoughts.

This is a part of chapter one 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.

My name is Pierce Brunson and my focus in life is to make the high school experience more valuable, rewarding, and memorable for students and teachers through quality product and service development.

My Short Visit With an Old, Destructive Friend

ill take it from hereToday I visited an old friend from my past.  I decided to visit this person because of all the frustrations that have built up over the last four years where I took on the responsibilities for another person and it burned me.  I should have known that taking on another’s responsibly is never a good thing.  It doesn’t help me or the other person.  It doesn’t help me because I am doing things that don’t help me grow in the ways I need and it doesn’t help the other person because I am taking away their growth experience.

The person I visited I haven’t allowed to an influence in my life in about 7 years.  They were a destructive, but fun part of my life that I had to leave behind to move toward the things I really wanted.  That person is my alter ego.  My alter ego is a dick and just does things to be a dick.  I know they are always there for me when I need someone to be a dick but I don’t allow them in my life, well not until last night.  I have avoided them but in the last few weeks the frustrations have just been too much and “alter ego” has decided to help me teach someone a lesson.

Don’t get me wrong, I like my alter ego.  They help me do other things but I don’t visit them enough to allow them to take over my attitude.  I learned a long time ago that they were destructive and had a mean streak.  Since our last life attitude visit, I have been happier in my life and know my real desires.

I love being a father, husband, writer, entrepreneur, photographer and all around cool person.  Well when old Alter shows up I don’t have the concentration needed to be successful.

I like people in my life that empower me and I have to continue to connect to those people, even if it means giving up those people or alter egos that I like.

I have such a good relationship with Alter that it now asks if I am sure that I want to visit him.  Funny even the most hateful side of me know I am more productive without him in my life.

This morning I learned something more about myself.  I am happy.  I like where I am going but I do need people that can push me and help me improve.  Though I have never had a real life mentor I have been able to get a ton of positive information from books, videos, audio and internet sources.

I also learned that I have to focus on my thing and help others along but not do it for them.  That takes too much energy.

I know what is right for me and even though I had a nice visit again with Alter a few hours ago we both know that our life will be better if we part ways before someone gets hurt.  That someone will be me because the wrong attitude will only help me to miss the opportunities I desire.

My advice to myself.

  1. You found a way! Let others do the same.
  2. Help, but don’t parent adults.
  3. Remember your desires in life.  Don’t let someone get in the way.
  4. Also know that I can be a burden to others. Continue to work on self.

Bye!