Do It Alone, If Needed

There will come a point in your life when your success will be more important than the people you currently hang around, especially if they aren’t a productive part of your life. There will also be a time when you may be the unproductive part of someone’s life and you are let go. Then, there will be a time when the only thing you can do to get to your success is put in the countless hours alone writing, studying, developing, dreaming, and executing the actions that will help you become a success. I have met many students who desire to go to college to become doctors, and the number of hours alone they spend studying while in high school is incredible. It shows there is a good time for friends and there is a good time to work. It also shows their dedication to the bigger picture of their desired success. I think it is amazing to have that kind of drive while in high school. Most students are still looking for their fit in life, while these students are working to gain the knowledge to achieve their dreams.

What do you do when you have a dream and no one wants to be a part of it? What do you do when that dream is important to you, but the people around you can’t help you achieve it? You have to start out on the path alone. When I started Firefly Event Photography, I was still teaching and coaching at a local high school. After all of my duties at that job, and with my family, I was left with time from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. to develop my business. At that time, Firefly was in the early stages, and I was reading and researching the right approach to a photography business. Those late night sessions were filled with optimism and frustration. Most of the nights, I was just scared I wouldn’t make it, even though I wanted to create a cool and profitable business. During these two years, I would read and write out my processes. I would schedule goals for the company and work to design the best practices. All this was happening while my family was fast asleep. Then, I would sleep for a few hours and get up and go to work. The best part about this time was I was so energized by my quest I didn’t feel bad for the loss of sleep. I was able to use what I had for the creation I wanted, and it got me to where I am today.

If you want something bad enough, you will have to sacrifice and spend some real time alone. This will be the best thing for your success goals. As you are developing, you are still working out issues that aren’t ready for the court of public opinion, so you need this alone time to grow a thicker skin.

Go it alone if the dream is that important to you. When you become a writer or business person, you will inevitably run into people who ask you for advice. I don’t mind, but I share things they have no way of knowing about due to the position they are in. When you start out, creating things and going for your success looks easy and you think you can do it better than others who came before you. This is just your mind playing tricks on you. I explain to those seeking advice that they must really want success in that area, or leave it alone. You really have to want it. There is nothing wrong with saying you don’t want much success. That is honest. The dishonesty comes when you say the opposite of what you really want, like you “say” you want success, because it is the right thing to say, but you really don’t. This type of dishonesty is a confidence killer. The issue is: How do you know if you don’t try? How will you know if a business is right for you, if you don’t start it? This is the part only you can decide. It is better to go alone and mess up your own situation than to partner and mess up yourself and someone else because of your lack of commitment.

If making better grades is important to you, you have to put in the study time, alone, without any distractions from others. If being better at a sport is important to you, you will have to be in the gym, alone, when others are out doing other things. If the dream and desire you have is that important to you, you have to, at least, give it a great try and see where this new thought process takes you. You will meet new people along the path who can help you, but if they aren’t around now, there’s no sense in waiting for them to show up. You don’t need anyone’s permission to start on a path to your success. Besides, no one is going to give you permission to be successful if you aren’t willing to give permission to yourself.

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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FYI, Hire the Best (and Get Good and Finding the Best)

Hire the Best!

As a person that owns a photography company I have found that I have been living a lie that has taken its toll on my life and probably soon my business. You see, I like to do shit myself. I have this odd fascination with the fallacy that no one can do it better than I can. My actions also help keep this false atmosphere around me and change needs to happen if I am going to reach my goal. So here are my personal dealings.

  1. I can do it all by myself: Well I am over that one, and have been for a while but the theory keeps haunting me because…
  2. I don’t hire the right people. I like to give those that will disappoint me a chance. Why? Because I have this need to do it all and this is the only way I can prove that I can do it all. Feel me?
  3. People must prove themselves, just like I have to. Nothing worse than having a standard then hiring someone that can’t help you achieve it. This is a killer of small business.
  4. But I can will a person into being better: No I can’t and you can’t either. It is a complete waste of energy to fight with working age people over how great they can be it they only… To me I have done this too many times for people that, once fired, didn’t do much more with any other opportunity.

As you can see this blog isn’t really for you because you are doing well with all of this. It is a reminder to me that my company is my opportunity to be great and we will only be great if I know what greatness is when hiring.

What can I do better?

  1. Give opportunity to shine but dump the garbage before it stinks up the whole house.
  2. Let people know of their trial (I have done this before and continue to do so)
  3. Stick with the trial rules.
  4. Train more before giving trial. We have videos now so we are moving in the right direction.
  5. Look for people that raise their own bar.
  6. Let go and realize I can’t do it all.

What are my consequences for not doing this well?

  1. Burnout (Fighting this now)
  2. Financial ruin
  3. Failed business due to #1.
  4. Not helping the people I believe I want to help.
  5. Not letting other grow.
  6. Not letting myself grow.
  7. Loss of all the things I desire to accomplish.

We will see what the coming weeks bring. It should be interesting.

Want to see the inspiration for this change? Check out this http://www.inc.com and the article http://www.inc.com/kevin-daum/10-things-really-amazing-employees-do.html?cid=sf01002

What Amazing Employees Do.

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Work Ethic Chapter 2 Plan to Win Questions

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 Plan to Win Lifestyle

1. Name three things you can do to achieve your successful lifestyle, even when you aren’t confident you will achieve what you desire.

2. List two groups you could join that would help you learn more about your goals and interests.

3. List all of the Plan B’s you currently believe would work for you. Which ones can you eliminate?

4. What is your Plan A? What do you need to improve to accomplish it? Do you understand the lifestyle that would go along with that plan?

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 Ethic: Introduction

Work Ethic: The Introduction

When you really want something in life, you have to go and get it. No matter how hard the task is to achieve, or how difficult the climb, most people go for it when they really want to. In Work Ethic, you will discover why your high school years should be the beginning of the best years of your life, how they can propel your future into a more positive self-designed shape, and what characteristics help improve your work ethic for better results.

No one can motivate you to take action. Reading all the books and watching all of the inspiring videos in the world won’t make you awesome at something. You will still have to do the work. And if you have to do the work, why not give your best? Why not find ways to improve on your best? Why not take this moment, while you are in high school, and decide you are going to be great at something that helps the world and brings you more happiness than you could even imagine?

Success is more than a goal; it is a lifestyle. Successful people first embrace what it takes to accomplish their goals, and then create the right life environment so their success can flourish. As you read this book, think of living a lifestyle of success and what that looks like to you. Goals are just measuring points along the way. The time to create your successful lifestyle starts in high school.

What will define you living a successful lifestyle? I define it as freedom: freedom to do what I want when I trade my efforts for results. Most high school students just look to get a good job when they graduate, and hope that by having a good job, they will have a happy life. There is no way that will be possible if you don’t think about your life and the freedoms you can enjoy if you found the right job or career. Your priorities will change over time, but while you are in high school you can start to think about the type of life you want, and apply the characteristics in Work Ethic to your life.

I believe people want, more than anything, the freedom to live their life as they desire. I also believe the school systems have suppressed this thought, in turn making students believe the right job from a list of possible college majors will somehow facilitate this freedom. I know high school students are smarter than that and know something is missing from that equation.

The job or career you do should be an exchange you agree to so you can have the things you desire. Sure, the job market is set up on a 9-5, 40 hours a week system, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow that plan. What would you do to have all the freedom you could enjoy in life? I’m not just talking about weekends off and four weeks of vacation time, but a freedom where you were so productive with your hours that you took more vacations and made more money. What if your freedom was based on the calendar you chose for your life? How hard would you work then? What would you trade for a life like that? Would you study more? Would you work harder in athletic practices? Would you be a better teammate? Would you be a better sibling, son or daughter? Would you be happier? Sure you would.

Everything in Work Ethic is about your freedom and what you will do to keep it, grow it, and be an example to others. There are plenty of people who enjoy the 9-5 lifestyle and accept the tradeoff it offers. For you, there needs to be an understanding of what you desire, and a personal knowing that you will do whatever it takes to achieve the ultimate freedom for your life. Take the characteristics in Work Ethic and apply them to your life. Watch as you gain more freedom due to the productivity you are able to achieve. It isn’t an easy mindset to have, but you can achieve the lifestyle you desire with a great work ethic.

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

 

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.

Connect with Pierce Brunson

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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

The Learning Curve of Staying Balanced

Chapter 15: Staying Balanced and Pressing Forward

You will get broken because negative forces are so powerful. But you don’t have to stay broken. Get up and get going again and again. At one of my lowest points as a teacher, I went to at 4-star Orlando hotel and just sat in the pool for, literally, three days. Thank goodness for discount websites and the ability to extend it one more day, because I was a mess. I was broken. I knew the world of teaching that I loved dearly was one I needed to put in my rearview mirror if I wanted to have a chance at my personally defined greatness. There will be days, weeks, months where you are just bummed. You are human. Don’t stay there for long, and try your best to stick with the plan. Since that day, I have learned that a hotel with a pool is the cure for my blues.  Find the cure for your heavy blues. Going for it is difficult and gut wrenching. You are going to need that time to just sulk so you can move forward.

The best part about my sulking is that my family loves it because it means a vacation.

Don’t be too hard on yourself, and continue to press forward so that you will have some form of accomplishment when the sun is back shining in your life.

Here is a list of ways to stay balanced:

  1. Exercise (a brisk walk around the corner is a great way to take a much needed break).
  2. Spend time with family and friends (they may not understand where you are trying to go, but they are still some of your biggest supporters, hang with them for a while).
  3. Purchase something that adds to your happiness (nothing fancy, but if something small makes you feel a bit better then go for it).
  4. Go outside and get some sun (feeling that warmth on your face gives a new meaning to relaxation).
  5. Laugh (laughing to tears is another way to stay balanced on this road of twists and turns).

You should put a lot of effort into staying balanced. It is pretty much the only way to properly press forward on your road to your desired successes. Here are my reasons why you should enjoy a balanced life.

Staying balanced helps people enjoy your company. When we get out of whack, no one likes our company. We become rude, hateful, and are a burden on people that want to hang around us. Be careful to guard your energy and remain as balanced as possible. Earlier in my life, I went through that angry phase where I felt I was working hard, but nothing was panning out. I was a mess to deal with. I was disrespectful to a lot of people, and just an all-around ass. No matter how much of a grouch I became, the world around me continued to crumble until I was alone. Once I was alone for a few months, my anger grew until I was blaming everyone for my shortcomings. Then one day I was just wandering, and found an old book and went to a passage I marked. The passage reminded me that in spite of all that was bad around me, there was no need to take my anger out on others. Those words didn’t sink in until a few months later where I realized that I couldn’t just force things into existence and still be angry and hateful. I had to work on dealing with the many reasons (personal shortcomings) that were causing me to lash out. As I started to deal with my anger, I noticed that certain situations that would cause me to fume before were just bouncing off of me. I realized that the reason those things didn’t bother me was because I started to develop a bigger picture of what I wanted. At that time, I just didn’t want to be angry anymore. Success and a business were a far off thought.

Remember, all of this will take time and baby steps. You will make mistakes and fall back, but you can recover as long as you don’t do anything stupid. To avoid the real troubles of life, working on staying balanced with your big picture in mind will help light your path.

Staying balanced helps you refine the dream. When you work to stay balanced you don’t have to chase the dream so much. You just have to create, and do your thing, and the opportunities will find you. Writing a book is a daunting task, but my life balance is what helps me to enjoy four hours of writing down my thoughts. At times, the words just seem to flow, and when they stop flowing, I stop and move to something else for a brief moment in time.

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

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The Learning Curve of Planning

Section III: What’s Your Plan

Your greatness can’t be achieved if you don’t have a plan. A plan can be very detailed, or it can be a general list of actions where the details get filled in as you gain more experience and knowledge. Not having a plan can help you waste valuable time and resources, like money. By having as detailed a plan as possible, you will be able to save yourself time, money, and other resources that come from being unprepared.

So how do you start to make a plan? Well, I think starting a plan is like traveling. You know where you want to go, but how do you get there?  For example, if you wanted to travel from Philadelphia to Miami for a summer trip, you could just hop in the car and follow Interstate 95 South until you got there. That would be a very general plan. I equate that to a person saying they want to be successful in life. I get it, yes success is good, but there is always more detail needed. A few questions that get asked are…

  • What do you want to be successful doing?
  • What do you call success?
  • How are you going to get there?
  • What resources are you going to use to make this happen?
  • What do you need to make it happen?

Just like your road trip, your life has more to it than “I want to be successful.” That has many different meanings for everyone.

Back to the trip from Philadelphia to Miami; what would be some of the questions we would need to know to make our trip happen? Here are a few I came up with.

  • Is this vacation or business?
  • How long do I have to travel?
  • How fast do I need to get there?
  • Am I driving or flying (or taking a train)?
  • How much does it cost?
  • What time of the year am I traveling?

These questions help us to decide how to approach the trip. If we want to go on vacation, and we had only five days, the last thing we would want to do is spend two days driving that long distance. The more we want something, the more the variables change.

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.