Wake Up Ready to Succeed

Expectations are crucial when it comes to how your day is going to go. Many people think so poorly of their day before they have even have breakfast. How do you get out of bed in the morning? Are you up and ready to go? Do you tell yourself you aren’t a morning person? Do you need to get up earlier to get motivated? No matter the time you awake, you should always rise knowing you will make a positive mark on the world. Many students wake up with negative thoughts about school and the possibilities of anything great happening. They are almost in shock that something good can come out of a day when they are forced to go to school and learn something they don’t like learning about. These students lack the understanding that the day is full of many types of possibilities, but having the mindset of positivity helps focus on the good that is happening, rather than the bad. If bad does happen, you now have an opportunity to make some good out of it. Most people don’t have tragic days. Tragedy is different, and out of your control. However, a positive attack on the day to accomplish your personal desires is always closer than you think.

By waking up ready to succeed, you have the opportunity to add more fun in your life. You see the world very differently, and are willing to put in the work to make your desires come true. There is nothing magical to it. By waking up ready to succeed, you develop an expectation that the day will move you closer to your goals. You will start to notice that many “smaller” issues stay small, and don’t become bigger, because the way you are dealing with them.

Wake up ready to succeed by taking 30 minutes the night before to prepare. Before you end your day, take a few minutes to think about the next day and its possibilities. I write down all the things I want to accomplish the next day on a small notepad. I wake up knowing that I have a great day planned, and if I accomplish many of the things on the list, then I will be continuing on my successful lifestyle journey. Don’t worry, there are plenty of days where the list is too long and the hours are too short. There are days when I complete the entire list, and there are the days when the list creates more things than I can do. The idea is to limit being busy doing things that don’t matter, and use your best energy to work on the things that do.

Creating a list isn’t about being perfect every day; it is about focusing your actions to create the life you desire. The list is directing your energy toward the things that will deliver the most return. The list can also be looked at, and changed, as you see fit.

 

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.

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Work Ethic Chapter 3 Prepare for Tomorrow, Today

When I was a high school teacher, I would assign a project where my freshmen would share the things they wanted to accomplish in life. Students were not only to share what they wanted to accomplish, or attain, but show it in pictures. At the time, I knew it was good to visualize what you wanted in life, but I didn’t understand the true value of knowing and going for what you want. When you accomplish a few things, you tend to stop asking bigger and bolder actions of yourself. Looking back on those projects, I know there were some bold actions those students wanted to do. I wonder if they accomplished them, or fell into a life of good enough. At this point in your high school career, you have to ask the bold questions that will lead you to the real desires of your heart. You don’t need to know the exact steps, but you do need to develop a specific direction.

These thoughts will jump-start your thinking and actions so you are working on goals that will lead you toward your desires. What are the steps to get to your goals when you don’t have the specifics? Daily, you should take 20 minutes and visualize what you need to do and what you want to accomplish the next day as it relates to your long-term goals. At the end of your day, take time to visualize how the next day will go, and make a list of things you need to accomplish. Doing the status quo will lead to an end point, but those accomplishments may benefit someone else more than they benefit you. By taking a few minutes to prepare for tomorrow, while living in the present, you assure yourself a road map to follow as your journey unfolds.

There are many ways to prepare for tomorrow, today. Saving some of your money will ensure you have cash when something you really want comes along. As an entrepreneur, I have to constantly plan for tomorrow. Most of my actions are done for me to accomplish what I really desire in the future. As I have improved my thoughts, it is easy for me to delay spending a few dollars a day on food and making the choice to eat at home. My actions are designed for me to achieve something in the future.

Think of today as the opportunity to accomplish your immediate goals, and to get one step ahead on your future goals. When I was teaching, I would remind my students that today is filled with opportunity to either get ahead, or fall behind. Taking today to prep for tomorrow isn’t as hard as it seems. Just take a short period of time, say 20 minutes, and plan for the next day as it connects to your accomplishments.

Prepare for tomorrow by understanding your desires for success will help move you into action. I have worked with many students that have truly wanted to be more successful in school and in life. These thoughts were exciting and scary at the same time. Much of what students experience regarding the future is related to a lack of confidence in accomplishing their goals. Talk is cheap, yet we give so much credit to some of the best talkers in our society. Don’t set yourself up to only be a talker. Face your desires with truth, and get to work on yourself so you can accomplish them one day. How do you know what you want to accomplish? How do you know what success is? This is the advice I received, and still use to this day. Success is very personal, and it is totally up to you to decide what your life will look like. This means you may not make a million dollars, but if you are doing the things you desire a high percentage of the time, you may call that successful. The beauty of your life and mine is that I get to define what I believe as successful, and so do you. Are there some general rules to our society? Sure. However, to each their own if they don’t want to live by those rules.

If you take the time to soul search and listen to your desires you will be able to take the appropriate actions to achieve what you want. Even if your actions take you in the wrong direction, your desire for success will help you to correct the mistakes and keep pushing toward a better future for yourself. There is no way you are going to get through this life without making mistakes. Most will be small, but there will be a few big ones in there.

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 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 Chapter 2 Plan to Win

From here on out, preparation will be a major key to your success or failure. The second component is execution, but in order for the execution to be successful, there must be a plan. Making the best plan you can make, then getting it done will do more for your success goals and self-esteem than 1,000 hours of positive self-help book reading. The plan you create is, essentially, a road map to where you desire to go. You don’t have to know every step of the way, but you must know there will be steps– plenty of them. You must plan as much as possible so you have an understanding of the task at hand. The right planning may help you see you may not really want to pursue a particular goal after all.

Plan to win by knowing your real desires and what you want to accomplish. One of the things that puzzled me early in my teaching career were students that didn’t hard, even when their parents were taking away privileges and staying on their case about making better grades. I have been in those kids’ shoes as a high school student. My parents stayed on my back about getting the best grades I could so I could go and “be something”– whatever that meant.   I sat through many parent conferences where the parents promised the kids would do better work, then the teachers would ask the kid about doing better work and the kid would promise to do better work – without coercion. For many years, I found myself in teacher conferences making the same promises of grandeur that kids have made for decades. I made them just to get the pain of my parents and teachers to stop, even if it meant I would mess up a week later.

It still puzzles me to this day why I did it, and why other students do it. Why do we say stuff we don’t mean, and never say what we really mean? I remember those conferences. They would cause me to pick it up a little bit, but in reality, the C grade was cool with me. After years of sitting in conferences, knowing the kid was lying and he wasn’t going to improve, I started to ask better questions of the students in inquisition. While I was in high school, all I cared about was playing baseball (successfully) and being social. Out of all my teachers, only my art teacher found a way to connect my baseball playing to classwork. During my senior year, Mr. Johnson approached me with an opportunity to strengthen my hands so I could be a better baseball player. It was throwing 25 pounds of clay on the wheel and forming it into pots, bowls, or vases. All he had to do was make the connection and I was all in. I believe he knew my real desires (baseball success) and how to connect it to what his class had to offer. I believe he realized that in order for me to focus, he had to connect to me somehow. As a high school student, you have to know what you really want to accomplish. I realize not every student will have a teacher help them connect what they really want to do with class work, so sometimes you have to do that for yourself. How does what you really want to do connect to your math or science classes? The moment you can start to do challenging work for yourself is when you start to head down your own path. You have to take the time to find out what your real desires are, or you will be unmotivated to do the crap work that comes along with being successful.

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

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.

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Attributes to Successful Teaching

Core Attributes to Rock the Crowd

Cool teachers have substance to who they are, and why they are doing things. If you have some cool teachers in your school, then take this list and just observe what they do. Now, there are always those teachers that are fool’s gold and attract the students that want an easy “A” or to get one over on the system. This is a sample of short-term teacher-student relationship, and is based on a take-take rather than a give-take. The students are pumping that teacher up to use them for their weak discipline plan, below average teaching skills and neediness. In fact, you may already know of a few. You instantly see the difference in the teachers that are connecting and forming the right student-teacher relationships. Those teachers have a high percentage of the following qualities that help them connect, educate, and mentor better than others. These teachers are hardcore disciplinarians; they are passionate about their job and life. Their passion bleeds from them and they can’t be rattled in stressful situations. They know why they are a teacher, and they understand their role as an educator. They leave emotion at the door; they are fair. They have hobbies, and are interesting people, and when it comes to working with students, every day is a new day.

Take a few moments to look at your teaching routine and see if you have the majority of things on that list. I will go over each one so you can develop your own twist to becoming the cool teacher that makes great connections to improve the lives of your students.

The core attributes of cool teachers are the meat of this book. By reading these attributes you can see where you stand, and how you can use the info to unleash the cool teacher in you. If you have a problem with me using the terms “cool”, or “popular,” then you may want to stop here. These terms are used because they are true. Kids, even when we were that age, love to be connected to the words “cool” and “popular.” I am not talking about popularity at the cost of self-esteem, but a coolness where many students will open up to your confidence, and therefore, open up to learning. The core attributes are the basics of the teachers I have witnessed during my 13-year career as a classroom teacher. When I started teaching, I was liked, but according to my new definition, I wasn’t cool. I was enjoyed by students, but not popular. In my second year, I started to turn the corner as I thought about the teachers I enjoyed in high school. They were of all shapes, sizes, and colors, but they all had the cool and popular vibe going. Luckily, in the early part of my career, there were some good, experienced, teachers that would talk with me about being a teacher. They had decades of experience, and they were awesome. They would tell stories, and then pull me aside and remind me of what my main purpose was. Just having those lifers speak with me was very valuable, and it helped me shape my approach to teaching.

These attributes are directly related to those conversations, and moments of guidance. I was lucky to have such a great group of mentors during the first three years of my career. These attributes are from my observations, and if you are struggling as a teacher, you are in the right place. Take hold of the message, and make them your own. Your students await your coolness!

This is part of a chapter from my book Rock The Crowd: How The Cool Teachers Inspire More Students, Earn More Respect, and Become Lifelong Mentors. Every Wednesday and Friday (Starting April 8, 2014) I will share parts of every chapter. Don’t forget that the shares from my first book Learning Curve are on Monday and Thursday.

Is there anything better for students than being in the class of the cool teacher? When it comes to being a teenage student, and being forced to attend school, there is nothing better than a class where the teacher is passionate about education. How do these popular teachers continue to be the sparkle in the eyes of so many children, while there are others that can’t get them to pay attention? Rock the Crowd shares the methods of those teachers that are considered cool by students, while maintaining the best relationships for valuable learning to take place. For the “cool teacher,” the front of their classroom is their stage, and every day, for hours, they give the greatest performance their students have seen to date. The crowd-rocker teaches with passion and convictions that inspire real student connections and learning that last a lifetime. These teachers are popular, year after year, while others are still struggling to learn how to relate to the students. In Rock the Crowd, I share all the things cool teachers do that make them successful in working with, and producing, successful and long lasting, learning-centered relationships. Rock the Crowd is great for teachers who are struggling to find their teaching groove and to reenergize those that are already grooving.

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Rock The Crowd by Pierce Brunson

Rock The Crowd: How The Cool Teachers Inspire More Students, Earn More Respect, and Become Lifelong Mentors.

Rock The Crowd by Pierce Brunson

Is there anything better for students than being in the class of the cool teacher? When it comes to being a teenage student, and being forced to attend school, there is nothing better than a class where the teacher is passionate about education. How do these popular teachers continue to be the sparkle in the eyes of so many children, while there are others that can’t get them to pay attention? Rock the Crowd shares the methods of those teachers that are considered cool by students, while maintaining the best relationships for valuable learning to take place. For the “cool teacher,” the front of their classroom is their stage, and every day, for hours, they give the greatest performance their students have seen to date. The crowd-rocker teaches with passion and convictions that inspire real student connections and learning that last a lifetime. These teachers are popular, year after year, while others are still struggling to learn how to relate to the students. In Rock the Crowd, I share all the things cool teachers do that make them successful in working with, and producing, successful and long lasting, learning-centered relationships. Rock the Crowd is great for teachers who are struggling to find their teaching groove and to reenergize those that are already grooving.

Pierce Brunson’s education includes Lynch Elementary, Meadowlawn Middle, Gibbs Senior High School (and the Pinellas County Center for the Arts) in St. Petersburg, Florida, Temple University in Philadelphia and Wilmington University in Delaware. He has 13 years teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. As a teacher, Pierce has a natural gift to rock the crowd, and every day he knew the power of taking the stage in front of students and delivering a great lesson. Being a sponge for learning ideas that would work with his students, Pierce started to use the techniques of other campus crowd rockers to greatly improve his teaching techniques. In 2012 Pierce stepped away from the classroom to pursue the personal challenge of positively affecting 10,000+ students a year with Firefly Event Photography, his company that captures images that reflect the personality of high school students at their homecomings, proms, and graduations. The second part of his life involves developing content that helps high school students grow the best skills possible to follow their personal path to success. Anytime Pierce has the opportunity to speak to teachers or students, he is only thinking of one thing before he starts…Rock the Crowd!

 

This is part of a chapter from my book Rock The Crowd: How The Cool Teachers Inspire More Students, Earn More Respect, and Become Lifelong Mentors. Every Wednesday and Friday (Starting April 8, 2014) I will share parts of every chapter. Don’t forget that the shares from my first book Learning Curve are on Monday and Thursday.