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

 

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My Urban League Experience: The Good, Bad, and Ugly!

Originally published on July 25th, 2014.

When you are asked to speak to kids you can forget that just as much as you are there to teach them something they will, in turn, teach you something.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak to 40+ kids that are involved in the Urban League summer enrichment program for high school kids in St. Petersburg, FL. To me, this was an exciting moment because I enjoy speaking with kids. Nothing helps me prepare more thoughtful presentations than knowing that my audience will be high school kids.

I was up late the night before, this time not watching YouTube videos, but preparing information for my talk. Of course I did a good job but this post is about the results of what I saw and my impression, so let’s get into it.

THE GOOD:

Mrs. P is a longtime friend of mine that leads the program in the classroom sessions. As I approached the open library area I didn’t hear any kids only her speaking with them about the importance of doing things the correct way. She was the ultimate momma bird. This was her flock and I could feel the love that she has for these students. When she spoke to me the other day about the kids I could tell she was proud of them but knew there was a lot of work to be done with each of them.

There was a good energy from the room. The kids flowed from place to place with as much respect as I have ever seen in high school kids.

As I went through my presentation there were many kids that were interested in the books that I had published. Multiple questions were asked in relation to the book and I wasn’t prepared with enough to disperse to the students.

There was a sense of hope with these students. As much as they hear the “Live your dreams” mantra, it seemed as these students believed that something good was going to happen in their lives. It was refreshing to be around that type of hope again.

I loved the opportunity to speak and I could have been there all day.

THE BAD:

If there is a good there has to be a bad. As I watched Mrs. P. work, teach, and love these students I wondered about the loss of momentum once the program was over. To me, it seems as if these kids need a Mrs. P., for longer than 6 weeks. Mrs. P., is good for them but her time is limited so her momentum with these students will be broken in a few short weeks.  I believe they will remember her teachings but we all need additional support to achieve great things in life.

I wondered if there was a follow-up program or session so that these students could see a familiar face when life got tough. The bad news was that those young kids wouldn’t have a lot of time with Mrs. P., but they need more time. Change happens with a consistent message. I believe that there is great message that will end in a few weeks and that is a bad thing.

THE UGLY:

Just as I was ready to leave one of Florida’s famous thunderstorms rolled through and I was forced to sit in the back of the room for a bit. This was one ugly storm on the radar so I decided to work on some emails.

While I was in the back Mrs. P. and Mr. Faulkner spoke from the heart to these kids. Mrs. P. led with Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Women, a poem that has reminded her on how to carry herself.  Her voice, took me back to our church days when she would have a lead role in our plays. The power in Mrs. P’s voice had the room in silence.

She shared deep parts of her life and her path. She shared how she weathered terrible storms but was proud to say she was still standing. I was happy to see her still standing and doing wonderful things for her community.

I was hit with the thought that such an ugly storm caused me to witness such a powerful teaching lesson that I would have missed. I don’t always know what being blessed is but that moment helped me to understand what it may feel like.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS

  • Someone else’s hell is always hotter than yours.
  • Storms yield great results if you let them.
  • This Urban League program is powerful because of this team.
  • These kids have hope in a great future.
  • I miss being teaching and working with kids.
  • They actually wanted my book.
  • We need more Mrs. P’s.
  • I have to find a way to do more talks.
  • Our community is our responsibility.

Thank you Mr. P. and the Urban League kids for having me in to share my story and teaching me more than I ever expected to learn that day.

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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

 

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.

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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

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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

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Asking Boosts Success

Chapter 11: Ask (The Right People)

Many times we think we are alone in our struggles, however, we are not. It took me until age 40 to meet another person that had to deal with businesses and had the same passion I did for creating companies that solve problems. I don’t want you to take that long so you have to do one simple action; ask!

Here is a list of what to ask if you are stuck:

  1. How did you do it?
  2. What steps did you take?
  3. What books did you read?
  4. What mentors did you use?
  5. What dreams did you share?
  6. What failures did you overcome?
  7. Do you know anyone who…?

These questions are just a starter set. Add some specifics to your questions as needed. Don’t just ask anyone, but ask the right people.  No need to ask your teacher about being a doctor; if they don’t know one personally, that could be a waste of time. Find a high school mentorship program where you can talk with people and businesses that have a similar interest. The key is to ASK!

Asking holds you accountable. Why would asking the people who have come before you in a career or venture be great people to talk with so that you are accountable? One reason is that knowing people in a certain field is a way for you to develop the right skills to be successful in that field. Asking the right people about their struggle, success, and roadmap to their desired outcomes will help you see all of the methods and strategies needed to achieve something similar.  One thing that I have been able to do is sit down with a person and ask them about their multimillion dollar business. There is nothing more intimidating than sitting down with a person that has achieved so much monetary success when you are just starting out. I was able to listen to the things that I was told about how they attained their success, and how I could apply some of their ideas to my business.

As the meeting went on, I hung onto every word that was suggested.  As the meeting ended, all I could think about was implementing the strategies that were suggested. This is where the accountability comes in. If you are looking to become a better basketball player and you have the chance to sit down with the greatest player on earth today in a one on one meeting, and they gave you a few tips to help your game, what would you do? This is the accountability opportunity calling. If that player said MAKE 200 jumpers a day what would you be doing the next day if you wanted to reach where they were? If your answer is anything less than making 200 jumpers a day, then success may not be for you. The moment you think that a successful person’s way may not be for you, and you haven’t developed your own success yet, then you are just plain stupid. You bet I went home and told my team how we would work to add some of these elements to our business processes.

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.