High School Success Tips: Risk It All

There is a saying in poker when a player puts all of their chips on the line for what they believe is their best chance of success. The term “All In” is the one time in poker when you know it is a make or break situation. Laying all of your money on the line in this sink or swim situation can put a person out of the game, or double their cash. Poker may be gambling, but these guys are going “all in” with everything they have to capture a victory. This is the time when the poker player has calculated all of his moves, and realizes that without laying it all on the line, there will be no chance of victory, only guaranteed defeat. I often wonder why I waited so long to act on my desires. I also wonder why some days it takes me a few minutes to get cranked up to really go to work on my desires. I attribute most of it to being a human being who isn’t perfect, but a continual work in progress.

The bottom line is that if you really want something in this world, you are going to have to risk a lot. When I talk with students who want something in life, I always ask what they are willing to give in order to get it. Most of the answers involve things they are willing to part with. They say I will do this in my spare time, or work on that in between some favorite activity; they don’t quite understand that achieving something big in life requires you to risk major things. It may mean you have to give up more than just sleep and a daily hobby. There may be a cost involved where you have to earn the cash via a part-time job just to start your journey. I believe the reason people don’t achieve in life isn’t because they don’t want to, it is mainly because they won’t give up the things they like for the opportunity they will love. Life may ask you to move to a different place to achieve your goal, because where you currently live can’t educate you well enough. That is easy if the college is where a lot of your friends are going, but what about one that is over 800 miles away? That is a huge risk at 18 years of age, but what do you want to achieve?

One thing I have learned when mentoring those who want success, but are struggling to achieve their desires, is that they rarely understand what the price of success is, and if they are willing to pay it. Everyone wants to make a million dollars, but they want to spend $100 to get there. That is what I call gambling, or the lottery, mentality. The investment on those successes is to invest as little as possible and get returns that are 100 times more than you had to risk. Those things don’t work out. I know that whatever the cost of the reward desired, you better be willing to pay at least double that price tag in effort to achieve it. So you want to make a million playing basketball? You better get used to the idea of spending two million in effort and money to achieve that goal. Want to be a billionaire businessperson? Get your two billion of effort, cash, and learning ready to lay on the line.

Risking it all is great as long as you are realistic in the cost and are willing to pay the price. Every price is different for every person. Learn to calculate the price you will have to pay, and get started on the process. Success isn’t cheap.

Risk it all by working to achieve the lifestyle you desire. There can be a “Catch 22” when talking about lifestyle. Most people see the lifestyle statement as riches and spending money. In reality, it is the way you see your life as the most productive. This can be a difficult change as it requires you to accept a new way of thinking and achieving. I know you have to have a lifestyle that you 100% believe in so our main desires will be achieved, and more things than not will work out for you. If you are struggling with what you want to do, then maybe you can evaluate the lifestyle you desire. I desire a lifestyle that gives me the freedom to help as many teens as possible. Once I discovered this, I knew it was time for me to start my own businesses and start writing books. The classroom life wasn’t going to be the BEST I could do. Taking a step away was scary, but I continue to work so I am achieving my goals, even to this point, where my family is asleep on a Friday night and I am up writing. The key is to take those small extra times and use them wisely. I could be watching something on TV, but I have to question if that would take me to my goal and the answer is no. So, I continue to write, since my goals are based on the lifestyle I am working to achieve.

You have to ask yourself if the actions you are doing are helping or hurting you when it comes to the lifestyle you desire. This doesn’t mean I don’t watch TV at all, but there comes a time where you have to give up the good to get the great.

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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How to Go and Get Success: Questions to Answer

The Go and Get It Lifestyle

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.
  1. What are the things you need to go and get this school year?
  2. List 5 actions preventing you from going and getting what you want.
  3. List 5 important skills you are working to develop while you are in high school. At what level do these skills need to be developed to?
  4. List 5 skills teachers or adults are expecting you to develop while in high school.
  5. Where would you rank your success/ability level with those skills?

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

Want Success: Go and Get It!

Whether you believe you can or you can’t, it’s true. If you are expecting life to just hand you your heart’s desires, and not have to fight to attain and keep them, you are sadly mistaken. Life will require you to design the best plan you can, then give all you have to attain your desired success. Believe it or not, there was a time where I thought my college degree would blast open doors for me, and my success desires. Wrong! I also thought things like, “If I could only just get this degree” all things would be gravy. Getting a degree is just part of the picture. There are so many elements to success you won’t learn in a traditional high school setting, but no matter what you learn during those times, you must learn to go and get what you want out of life. I am dead serious about that. It is what I taught as a coach, what I teach my kids, and a rule I live by. No one is going to just give you something because you exist. If they do give you something just because you exist, you better be ready for the giver to get a bunch more in return. There are no free rides. If you want more than the average, then you have to go and get it.

The students that go and get it find a way to achieve, no matter the difficulty of teacher, subject, or situation. Know this: There is no magical force that is going to arrive and take you to your desired success. I don’t care what you believe in, or how much luck you have; you will have to find a way to achieve your goals. One of the most puzzling things about life is the way blind faith can stall our desires. A lack of planning followed by inaction can cause us to stop and wait for something special to happen when we could be working toward that special happening. When you stop, you lose momentum, and therefore time, in accomplishing your goals. I have watched as people have used their blind faith in something to get out of doing the hard work to achieve a goal. Your beliefs and faith should set your body into motion toward a goal or desired accomplishment. No matter what you believe, you can’t get miracles in your life if you aren’t actively pursuing your goal. Why do you think we go to school all those years? Why do you think people read hundreds of books on a subject? Why do you think people dedicate their lives to a cause? They do all these things because they know their action, and being in the right place at the right time, is what makes the miracle. You have to set your mind to do the correct things that will bring the success you desire. There are always going to be difficult people entering your life. Hopefully they don’t stay for long, but you need to learn how to navigate your path while dealing with people making the way difficult. I don’t believe you should bow down and not stand up for yourself, but you have to understand there are going to be more difficulties that arrive as you work to expand who you are as a person.

While developing Firefly Event Photography, I met adversity way before I met a payday. I still meet adversity, but now I am so focused (through fighting the previous adversities) I now understand it is just part of the path. When I feel an adversity may be too much, I look at others who have come before me as proof that living my dream, and creating my business of choice, is possible. You have to find a way to achieve in the time you have each and every day. Don’t let minor or major issues stop you from reaching the goal you feel set to accomplish.

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

Questions for Thinking Greatness While in High School

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 Thinking Greatness Lifestyle

  1. List three activities you are involved in where thinking greatness will help improve the effort you give to those activities.
  2. In what ways have you failed, and how did you overcome the failure? How would a greatness mindset have helped you move past the failure faster?
  3. How can your greatness mentality and accomplishments help others in the future?
  4. Do you believe your success story can help others become successful?
  5. How can knowing that your successes will not only help you, but inspire others, boost your confidence when things don’t go your way?

Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle 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

 

Thinking Greatness for High School Students

Most of your personal setbacks will not be because of someone else, they will be because of you.   There are many tragedies people must face in life, but rarely are they enough to actually hold anyone back in life. Rather, it comes down to your mindset and the thoughts that move through your head.

What would happen to your actions if you changed your negative thoughts to ones that embraced you having the best possible version of your life? What would your life look like if you believed you could be great at something? How hard would you study if you knew you could achieve millionaire status in your desired area of occupation? How would you treat people if you knew the key to guaranteeing a great life? What would you do if you knew all the answers? Unfortunately, no one knows all the answers. No one knows if they will ever achieve great things, but what a difference believing makes. What a difference thinking you can be great makes. I don’t believe people think about greatness enough. I think becoming great at something scares people into not acting on even the simplest desires of the heart. The key to your success will be believing you can achieve what you set out to do. But in order to attain this, you need to start with a thought. You have to think you are going to be great at something. Becoming great at anything makes you an expert while positively influencing others. Our society needs great people because they inspire others; too many bad people and their influence work the same way. Too many lazy people, and you get the same thing: a group of people feeling entitled to be handed everything. Schools now have shifted, and students are becoming lost as to how to achieve greatness in their lives. It all starts with thinking greatness and letting your actions follow.

By thinking greatness, you allow others to enjoy your success and, ultimately, inspire others to greatness. When you listen to people who have achieved success, they always speak of a person who inspired them. This is a great time to pay attention to those that are sharing information of their success. Very few people just arrive at success without being inspired by someone who came before them in the same field. Often, people can be inspired by others outside their field, and use their words of inspiration to continually motivate them toward success. I love watching sports, and some of the people that inspire me are athletes that have become business people after their athletic career was over. I think it is pretty cool they were able to adjust to a different world and achieve success differently. Others that inspire me are entrepreneurs who build businesses from the ground up, sell it off, and do it again. It seems like they have the Midas touch. Their success definitely inspires me to work every day on myself so I can one day achieve my desired success, and become an inspiration to others.

How many people inspire you to push and follow in their footsteps? Who do you enjoy listening to, or see performing to the point where their actions inspire your actions? Those are the people you should strive to be like. If we all followed in the footsteps of good people, the world would take care of itself. People would do the work of greatness, and work to share their positive actions with others.

Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle 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

 

Questions: Wake Up Ready to Succeed

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 Wake for Success Lifestyle

  1. How do you feel planning most of your day the night before will help you with your success goals?
  2. What are some successes you’ve had this week? How closely related are they to your goal?
  3. How can planning a daily list of things to accomplish help you on your success journey?
  4. Do you believe waking ready for a successful day will help you improve the belief in your goals?

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