To be early…

As a band member, a phrase was instilled in us very early on that spoke to how we should approach time management. The phrase: “To be early, is to be on time. To be on time is to be late. To be late is to be absent!” It is a phrase that has stuck with me for years and that I practice even today I wake up no later than 5:30am; even on the weekends. I exercise, write on my blog, check emails and more. When I go to an interview or to work, I get there early so that I can get certain things done before anyone else gets in. 

Here’s the thing: when you wake up early, you’re making a decision to be more productive than anyone else, before anyone else. We all have the same amount of hours in each day. Use them! Also, there’s no feeling like having things done completely and still having a large chunk of day left to do more things or get ahead on more things. Being early greatly increases your productivity and being productive is a key to success! 

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Top 5 ways to Take Notes (in real life)!

Taking notes is important, but can be irritating. It’s hard to know where to start and hard to know exactly what to write. We often fall into a trap when your teacher is teaching because it feels like you’ll be able to remember every word that he/she speaks. Not realizing that we forget what’s been said minutes after we leave the environment. The toughest part is wrapping your head around what exactly to take notes on. What’s important? How I can write it quicker? Here are some tips on how to take notes from a guy (me) that had to learn the hard way. It may take a little time to get into a system that fits YOU, but don’t give up on it. Taking Notes will be valuable to you for years to come.
1. Take Notes Seriously. I had to tell myself, “I’m going to take notes today. Good Notes!” I’m going to write it all down.
Now of course I couldn’t write everything down so I ended up doing this.
2. Active Listening – I made it a point to move as close to the teacher as I could, so that I could remove any interruptions from what I was determined to do. I paid attention to the teachers every (important) word. I asked him/her to make things clear, to slow down, or to repeat things that I’d gotten behind on. This is the most important part of note taking.
Then I would
3. Write the most important things. Names of people, Dates, keywords & definitions, etc. I wrote it all down word for word. Teachers will give you leading phrases like, “This will be on the test.” or “This is very important.” That stuff, I wrote verbatim.
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4. Don’t worry about neatness. Listen, I have a scribbly type of hand-writing as it is, but in my notes I include the following: arrows, boxes, circles, scratch outs, X’s, smiley faces, stars, and more. It was a magnificent piece of art once I got done. LOL
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5. Make sure I could remember the notes later. This took a while to learn. There is nothing worse than taking notes that make sense in class, but once you get home and look at them again, you can’t remember a thing that you’ve written. As I got better at Taking Notes To Remember, the artwork concept developed.
Let this be your start to taking notes that you can remember and get in the practice of taking them often. With more online learning coming, your note taking will become more and more valuable! IN online learning, you can use your notes on tests and quizzes. Especially notes that are written down! Get those notes! You can’t cram everything into your head!
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Get Motivated In School!

I was never the most intelligent person in school, but I always a “good enough” student. I was not a trouble maker and I always did my work pretty well. School would get bland very quickly for me, but there were two things that I could always reach out to to keep me motivated.

1. Music – Whether it was a song on the radio, or a song that I was playing in the band, I would always make up new lyrics and make it funny to me. For example, if the song was “Let’s get it started!” I would change the words to “Somebody farted!” LOL! Helped that bland time become more enjoyable indeed!
2. Invisible Competitor – I always made it a point to find a person in each of my classes to compete with. Not the most intelligent person there, but a person who had a grade close to mine or a friend of mine. They never knew it, but I would use them as a measuring stick to beat in homework, tests, quizzes, and so forth. I would ask them what they made on tests and such and compare. I tell you, it really kept me on my toes.
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The 20’s

To workout a lot takes a lot of dedication and a light load of work. I have a simple routine that I use that keeps me pretty consistent. I call it The 20s. Here is how it works. When I wake up each morning, before I take my shower or anything I do these simple exercises:

20 Push Ups
20 Leg Lifts
20 Run-Unders / Mountain Climbers
20 Dips
20 Squats
1:20 second Half Plank
Trust me, it burns! It only take about 5 minutes to do and when I’m done, I’m done for the day. Stretch it out over a 5 day week and you’ve completed 100 of each and 6 minutes of planking. Sounds good right? You can add to the 20s by including more exercises like burpees, running in place, russian twists or other calisthenics. What’s your exercise routine? Let me know on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter or by visiting http://www.mrethemotivator.com! Remember to follow The Motivator! Magazine for articles on Healthy Living and more!

How Being in the Band Changed My Life!

How being in the band changed my life!

When I was in school I was a Band Head. I still am to this day! I love everything about bands because they played a major role in my development. Here are two things that being in the band taught me.
Practice hard and long so that you can freestyle when it’s time to perform- Practicing music is a dreary process, but when you know it YOU KNOW IT! From there, playing music becomes fun. You play music and march, dance, sing the parts of other instruments and so forth. As a presenter for students, I now practice like crazy so that when I get in front of an audience, I’m free to mix up the message change the format or do other things in my show. Practicing will also help you know your content so well that a test/quiz will only be an after thought.
Show out – As a member of the great Alabama A&M University Maroon & White Band, half time performances were everything to the football games. As a drum major of the band program, I took on even more responsibility of entertainment. I knew that whenever I touched the field, whenever I marched, that I had to not only be good, but LOOK GOOD! I had to look so good that folks would be impressed at how good I looked. Doing this helped the other band members put forth more effort also they saw me marching hard as a leader, then they would also march hard. Once the crowd saw all of us working hard, they too noticed and gave us more cheers. When the football team heard those cheers, they played harder to keep them going.
When it’s time for you to perform in school, don’t just do the minimum, SHOW OUT! Make sure that you are completing homework and studying each night. It will have a ripple effect that will shine on others. Give it a shot!
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Do You Really LOVE It?

What’s good my People!!

Keene Walker is a premiere speaker in the US and he often speaks about schooling vs. education. In this he notes that true education does not come by simply being in attendance at school. It doesn’t even come by completing your work and graduating.

A TRUE education comes from having a desire and a love for something that you will do anything in your power to learn everything that there is to know about it. Your desire is flame that is sparked by love. I need you to love your craft! Love your craft so much that you know everything about it! Do you want to play basketball? Don’t just play with friends, but play with friends, enemies, strangers, and your family. Compete with everyone that you can and show them how much you LOVE basketball!

What are the things that you love? I mean, REALLY love?

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Game-ify Your Productivity!

A Great Morning Good Peeps!

“If you can manage your time, you can do anything.” These were the words from a principal that I had the pleasure to work under. This words stuck with me because they are matter of fact and true. It’s a simple concept that we allow ourselves to complicate. One fun way to increase your productivity and manage your time better is to create an incentive for each task that you complete. If you complete your chores, you can watch an hour television. Take out the trash and enjoy a snack or two. However you choose to make time management interesting, be sure to learn it, own it, live it, and be it so that you can master it and have it become a part of you! Ya Dig?

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Teach Me How To Study!

An Awesome Black Friday My People!

I made a song a while back called Teach Me How To Study! In this song, I outline a few basic tips for building stud skills. They are as follows:

1. Ask yourself these questions: What should I study? When should I study? and How should I study?

2. Memorize – Read your source or notes over and over until it sticks in your mind. Studying is about building strength in recalling information.

3. Read Actively – As you read make sure that you are focused on your source and only your source. Don’t think about anything else during your study time. Focus!

4. Take Notes – Jot down the important stuff in a way that you can remember. Use icons and such to trigger your memory when you go back over it again.

5. Manage your time – Don’t burn yourself out on study time. Even television shows have commercial breaks! Take a break, grab a snack and jump back in.

Beef up your study Skills and beef up your “A” Game… Get It?

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What is a Network?

Happy Thanksgiving My Peeps!

Your network is a circle of people that you have for a certain reason. There are networks of friends, family, study partners, and so forth.

In business circles, your network are people that you can call for assistance in getting an interview for a job, finding where job openings are, how to get ahead in jobs, great classes to take to earn a competitive advantage and more.

Building a network begins by locating people that have similar aspirations as you do. This common theme will drive you to people that may not have guessed you’d come into contact with. They may seem weird or unusual or they may be cool as ever also. Either way, you will connect. Once you do, the common theme of your network should be The Work! How can you help me get better? How can I help you get better? I will share things with you that I know and you share things with me that you know. Now think of how powerful this thinking is when it’s 3 people, or 4, or 15, or 20! The knowledge shared can be powerful! Start early! Start now! Build your network and watch it grow!

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You Are Great!

You Are Great!

Top O’ The Mornin’ Good Peeps!

Always remember that you were not placed on this Earth to be normal. You were not placed here to be average. You are here to do extraordinary things in an extraordinary time! We tend to allow laziness, procrastination, and fear of the unknown consume us and keep us from being great. Your brain will disrespect what you want and trick you in being “normal” and “comfortable” and “okay” and “satisfied.” However, if greatness is what you want you’ll retrain your brain and defy “normal,” Punch “comfortable” in the face, and kick “okay” out the door! ON YOUR FEET HOMIE! It’s time to be great!!

You have the same amount of time in the day as the CEO’s, millionaires, & billionaires! Use your time to be the greatest version of you that you can possibly muster! Start early, end late, but no matter what, BE GREAT!!

Go Get’em Tiger!

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