Getting Over Demons for Academic Success Questions

The Getting Over Your Demons Lifestyle

  1. List three past issues you had to learn from. What did you learn about each one?
  2. What are you dealing with now that needs to be left in the past? Why do you need to leave it there?
  3. How can you refocus your mind and get back to enjoying the success path you were on?
  4. How often do you speak to a helpful adult about issues you may be having? How would doing so help you and your desired success?

The above questions are 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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Helpful Questions to Educational Success

The Two Minutes Lifestyle

  1. List three areas in your life that, if you were more organized, you would see greater success from.
  2. Take the next two weeks to spend a small amount of time organizing these areas. Record your results here once you have them organized.
  3. List 4 high school teachers you should write a short letter of appreciation to. Then write the letters and give them.
  4. List three important things you need to do each day. They can be the same things, or different, depending on the results you desire.

 

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

 

Two Minutes To Educational Success

What is the real reason many people become successful so fast? I think it has to do with the small actions they take in life that have the biggest impact. I call this the Two Minute Zone. Every day, we have an opportunity to get things done. Those things are big or small, important or insignificant. The problem is the choices we make when it comes to the small but important ones. Take, for instance, the choice to fold your clothes, pick up your mess, or make your bed daily. Aside from having a large amount to clean up, most of these tasks can be maintained within a two-minute window. This is where procrastination kills desire and hope. Procrastination isn’t a killer of big dreams; if it were, we would definitely know it was coming, and avoid it. Procrastination is the killer of little steps that get you to your big dream. How hard is it to put one shirt away? It takes less than two minutes to fold and put in its correct location. However, if we avoid these little steps, it takes hours on the weekend to clean because we didn’t take two extra minutes when it was manageable.

Become more organized by taking two minutes to get rid of extra things on your desk, or area of study. In my early years of teaching, my desk was always a mess, but I stand on my record of never losing a student’s assignment. As I started to read about the importance of simple organization, I realized taking two minutes each class period to organize saved me an hour later in the day when all the class assignments were turned in. Teachers will use trays or folders to organize the assignments coming in, and this method didn’t work for me. I used a paper clip system to organize assignments so I could grade them in a timely fashion. It was such a simple system that employed me to stay organized. There are times when a simple system is all we need, but we avoid that by just letting things stack up, and believing we will have time to do it later. If you are a busy student, your time to redo things is very limited, and you should have a system in place that helps you organize and increase your success.

If your area of study is organized, you will be able to dive right into your assignments when you are ready, and won’t have to move things out of the way to be productive. Taking the time to clear a space is wasting your productivity time. I like to use my bad energy to clean up things. There’s no sense in using my good, creative energy to clean off my desk and then get to work. My best work must be used by my best energy. When I sit and write, I always prepare for the next day after my writing energy is depleted so I don’t have to start my writing session by cleaning and moving things around.

 

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 Questions

The Work Smarter Lifestyle

  1. How can you use your failures to greatly improve your chances of success?
  2. What results do you want to deliver to the world?
  3. What times, twice a day, can you sit quietly and review your goals?
  4. Take a week to review three important goals, and check to see if you are doing more positive than negative things in relation to those goals. For Example: If you want to study more to improve a grade in a class, did you? How much? Did you get the results you desired?

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 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

 

Learn From Failures to Achieve Success

Chapter 13: Learn from Failures

Failure can come to everyone in many different shapes and sizes. No matter what the failure is, you have to remember that you have a big picture goal for your life, and these small setbacks are a part of that journey. No one gets through this life without some setbacks; if we deal with our setbacks the correct way, we have the opportunity to turn the next opportunity into a success.

In order to turn those setbacks into winners the next time, we must take note and understand why we failed this time. Sometimes we fail because the other person is just better, or sometimes because we didn’t do what we needed to and other times it just isn’t in the cards for at that moment. You need to have an honest approach to why you failed to get the result. In my business, we have used the honest approach to make numerous pivots that have helped us create a better product for the students we are going to serve in the future.  Things have changed so much for the better that I am thankful for those failures, as they helped me create a better company.

When dealing with failure the correct way, you will have to be honest with your assessment of you efforts. Also, remember that you are only one person, and you can’t do everything all by yourself, so cut yourself some slack. However, you are a very capable and valuable person. I know it is hard to believe that a person with all the success you desire ever went through any real rough patches, but if you had to live their starter years, you would see that they had to go through all the things that you are going through for their success. When it comes to failure, there are times when you will know why you achieved, or didn’t achieve, your goal and other times you will not know. That is just a part of life. There are times when I am working with my other company that I work hard with a school to make a connection and they say no. They rarely give any real reasons for why they said no, and if I knew the real reason I still probably wouldn’t be able to change their mind. Some failures you just chalk up to “that’s just life.” Work to take what you can learn from the experience and move on.  You have a ton of work to do, and your time is being wasted wondering why a person didn’t. Remember, just like you have the right to pick and choose, so do they.

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.

Resiliency Drives You Toward Success

Chapter 12: Develop Resiliency

There is this belief that paving your own way is hard. Nope, it is SUPER hard. You are coming from a place of unknowing and forging you way toward an expected result that is a part of who you are and how you will be in the world. There is nothing wrong with accepting the fact that this road will be filled with doubt, haters, and failures. On the other side, this road will also be filled with people that understand, want to help, and multiple successes. When the road gets bumpy, you have to get resilient. You have to stay the course even when all is doubt. In my many years of missing pivot points, I have learned one valuable lesson: you can only give your best, and the rest is up to all the other workings around you. In other words, even when I decided not to pivot correctly, and it set me back further than I imagined, the next day I still could only give my best from that point. Resiliency is sticking to your big picture even when no one believes in you. Make sure you get the help you need to make the best choices, but at the end of the day you get to decide if you continue on tomorrow. There are two methods I have for dealing with a road that becomes overwhelming: 1. I do some action that takes me toward my goal, and 2. I take a four-day vacation.

So, for action number one, when I wanted to do something great to improve the feel of high school, I developed Firefly Event Photography and Entertainment, LLC (www.fireflyepe.com) (www.fireflyeventphotography.com). The design was to positively impact every student at homecoming, proms, and graduations by delivering unlimited photography for one price, while allowing students to access and download the images for decades.. I built the business while  I was teaching, and after a year I decided to pursue  Firefly Event Photography full time.  I struggled to get anyone to speak with me the first year, and even missed our projected goal the second year. I had people that knew me and my excellent work ethic telling me no. I had long time friends not willing to help or listen to my vision. I was ready to give up and just go and get a job, but I remembered the reason why I took the risk and started the business. In the really tough times, you need resiliency to get through the moments that don’t go as planned. I write down all of my reasons for getting up daily and doing what I do. I keep this piece of paper in my pocket and as a .jpg file on my phone so, when I am thinking of giving up, I can just look at my original “why” and press on. No, it hasn’t been simple. At the beginning of any venture you fear the unknown and how bad it can hurt you. To me, that is false fear when it comes to your goals.  Imagine living with the fear of not doing? Now, I am only afraid of not doing what I feel I am on this earth to do.

I can’t tell you that this road will be simple as just building it and they will come. In fact, if you build it, more than likely your friends and relatives will be the last to come. People just aren’t that way. Things take time, and resiliency is a time-based perspective.

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.