Find Your “Why”

Our “Why” comes from our passion to meet a goal, our love for something that is dear to us, or a goal that we want to support or help.

It is most important for each of us to know or remember exactly why we choose to do the things that we do. It’s easy to go into something with one intention, conform to the norms of that “thing,” and forget WHY we chose to do it in the first place.

How do we find our “Why?” First, you should think about something that you love.. By love, I mean, something that you really enjoy doing and can see yourself doing for free (think about it). Examples include (cooking, making websites, cars, Think about a need that you want to help meet (homelessness, feeding the needy, education). Lastly, ask yourself and answer for yourself, why doing this is important to you.
Once you’ve found your “Why,” write it down. Always remember it! Assimilating (or melting into the pot) with the norms of your surroundings is a sure way to forget WHY you’re doing what you’re doing. For example, most teachers choose to teach to impact the lives of children, help them become better people, and launch them on a motivated path to greatness.
Teachers, often, conform to the stagnate teaching practices of others or burnout from the lack of effort from students. Teachers, from my experience, sometimes forget their “Why” and lose their motivation to be the greatest teachers that they can be.
To keep your “Why,” you must speak to your cause daily, you must tell other people about your cause, and spread your WHY to everyone that you meet. That way, not only will you not forget it, other people will always remind you of it. As they say, teamwork, makes the dream work.
Always remember your WHY good people. Have a great day!
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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
Finally I had to
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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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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My Exercise Routine!

My Exercise Routine

What’s Going On My Good People!!

Getting into exercise is not easy. Your brain will trick you into staying comfortable. I had to trick myself into working out! First I had to find some people to workout with. Not trainers! Not those muscle bound guys always yelling at you to lift cars. Not those guys, but I mean people just like me. regular Joe Schmoes that work everyday, eat good, and are looking to get into a better habit of healthy living. I found those people in some close friends of mine. They were already starting their routines and I joined in. Each Saturday we hiked Stone Mountain here in Atlanta, GA. Then we challenged each other workout calendars (Burpees, push ups, sit ups, etc.). We would record our exercises, post them on Facebook, and challenge each other to keep up! What I found doing this is that it became less about working out and more about fellowshipping with my friends. The good part is that I am also becoming more healthy and keeping toned so that I can put on great performances at schools! I want you to get started exercising. Do some fun things and make sure you sweat, but most of all make sure you workout with friends. It will make all the difference!

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The Social Media Pandemic

 

Imagine the days where face-to-face conversations were prevalent. There was once a time where the beauty of outdoors fascinated young spirits. Hopscotch, Double Dutch, Pogo Sticks, Basketball Tournaments, Bicycle Riding, Skateboards, Marble Shooting in the dirt, Softball in the park, Swimming all day on hot sunny days, Football in the middle of the street, Foot Racing with no shoes, Catching Tadpoles in the nearby creek, Rock Throwing contests, and Tree Climbing just for the heck of it. Those were the days so serene and far from the prevalence of technology.

As an adult who yearns for a sense of normalcy, I often drift back down ‘Memory Lane’. As an educator, I fear for the horrors that await our youth of today. I remember learning from my elders how to conduct myself in public as a youngster. I had to talk and walk a certain way. My presentation to the world had to reflect my upbringing was the result of persistent parental involvement. I was taught not to embarrass the family name. Back then,I had far less distractions and temptations our youth of today have.

Let’s talk the topic of ‘Social Media’…a world we live in located right on the other side of Earth. In the minds of most of our youth, this location provides solace to all that isn’t right in their lives. They go out into this fantasy type arena looking for acceptance at all cost. In their looking, many find themselves sacrificing their morals, and often fall prey to elements awaiting their simple-minded ways. Social Media is a public forum with ‘privacy’ settings that are far from private.

Young people, listen very carefully. I’m going to give you a bit of advice in regards to your social media interactions:

1. Please understand once you hit your “send, post, comment, or tweet” buttons your business is everyone’s business on a worldwide scale;

2. You do not have ownership to these various outlets. Therefore, you are not entitled to explanations for your ‘privacy’ being ‘invaded’;

3. If you make posts boasting about illegal activities of sorts, please understand you are subjecting yourselves to the scrutiny of law enforcement;

4. Romance, dating, nor lovers’ quarrels should take place in such a public arena. Therefore, ensure your posted pics are those of high morals;

5. The ‘DELETE’ button doesn’t necessarily mean your ‘potty mouth’ posts have gone away. Just like in real life here on Earth, they await the ‘trash truck’ in cyberspace to retrieve them from the cyber-trash can.

Social Media is fun and an excellent networking tool if you utilize it for things that won’t formulate reasons for people to cast judgment upon you in a negative light. What you do and say via social media can have an everlasting impact on your young lives. Don’t be in such a hurry to be an adult. Inappropriate social media interactions can cost you an employment opportunity. They can in some cases get you suspended or expelled from school. Social Media can be addictive, causing you to lose focus of priorities that demand your attention. Fatal vehicular accidents are on the rise due to the temptation of driving and technologically socializing. Simply put, it can wait. Ask yourselves this question and answer it honestly: “Am I addicted to or distracted by social media?”

Young people, I challenge you all to step away from the world of Social Media to explore sparingly the joy of being a physically interactive kid who enjoys the face-to-face conversations with friends outdoors. Your young lives need balance and structure. Your reputation should matter to you, because it really does matter when it comes to how the world will perceive you.

If you were born into this social media wave and have absolutely no idea how to be a ‘do without technology’ type of kid, please refer to my journey I took down ‘Memory Lane’ at the beginning of this article. It’s still possible to be a kid with a sense of normalcy, even today. Don’t let the social media pandemic rob you of the beauty of childhood. I support your exploration. Life’s a breeze. Be easy.

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Hovet Lee Dixon, Jr.

Work Title: Assistant Principal
School: Ronald E. McNair Junior High School (Huntsville, AL)
Affiliation: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Hobbies: Writing and Inspiring & Saving Young Lives

The Teacher Doesn’t Matter?

 

by Mr. E! The Motivator!

What if I told you that your teacher doesn’t matter. What if I told you that it is ALL UP TO YOU to pass a class? How would you do it? What steps would you take to pass that class?

I believe that you would do a few of the following things:

1. Eliminate Excuses – You’ll stop saying what you can’t do and start figuring out how YOU CAN do it

2. You will work, read, and study like never before so that no one can tell you what you DON’T know.

3. You will dare anyone to challenge your knowledge on the subject so that you can prove your worth to those that doubt you.

4. You will learn about the subject in diverse ways so that you can understand all angles of thought about the subject

5. You will, lastly, realize that you can do these things right now and be greater than you’ve ever been before….

So how about it?

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