Life is just like Math.

Like a math teacher, LIFE gives us problems. This is true for everyone.

Some of our problems are easy and can be solved quickly.

But some problems are hard and take time.

The hard problems take all of our energy. The hard problems cause heartache and keep us up at night. The hard problems often make us bitter, they make us lazy, they make us want to quit.

The hard problems test our resolve. They test our patience. They test our faith.

Perfect! The hard problems are exactly what we need!

A good teacher is suppose to test us. A good teacher is suppose to challenge us! Challenge is what makes us better students! Challenge is what forces us to grow!

Sometimes, we have to reach a low point in order to rise. In other words, sometimes we have to hit “Rock Bottom.” This can be good for us, because “Rock Bottom” is often the foundation we need to rebuild our lives.

Like a good math teacher, LIFE gives us hard problems. And like good students, we face these problems head on. We are the walking image of persistence and the epitome of hard work! We will solve these problems and we will pass each test!

 

Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Sharks and Killer Whales.

Life will have its difficult moments. That’s life.

So, keep your head up and get your bread up ($).

You can be an ocean or a mud puddle.

Be an ocean.

Don’t be a mud puddle.

Mud puddles are small, shallow, and people walk through them.

Oceans are deep, strong, and guarded by sharks and killer whales.

Toughen up. Be an ocean.

 

Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Words Have Power.

God Dont Make No Junk

I had self esteem issues when I was young.

In grade school, fellow students told me I was ugly. After you hear something for so long, you start to believe it. So, I thought I was ugly.

In grade school, they made fun of my clothes, my shoes, and the way I spoke. They called me poor. So, I thought I was poor.

In grade school, I was pretty good at reading, I was good at history and even science – but I really struggled in math. I thought I was dumb.

Fourth Grade..

One night while doing my homework, I had a break down.

I cried to my mother and told her how I was feeling. I told her that the kids called me ugly and I felt ugly.

I told her that the kids made fun of my shoes and my clothes and the way I talked. They called me poor and I felt poor.

I told her that I was trying harder and harder with my math homework, but I always missed the problems. I always messed up. I told my mama that I felt dumb.

I sobbed.

My mother was exceptional. So, of course she comforted me. My mom told me I was handsome.

She told me that although we didn’t have expensive clothes, we were not poor – because “poor” was a mindset.

My mother explained that “long division” is tough, and the only way for me to get better at it, was to keep struggling with it.

I eventually stopped crying, but I didn’t feel any better.

But, my mother wasn’t done with me.

That night while I slept, she placed a quote on my wall. She placed it where it was obvious and plain for me to see. The next morning, it was the first thing I saw when I awoke. I don’t know where she got it from, but slowly – over time, the quote changed my perspective.

The quote changed how I felt about myself.

Slowly, the quote transformed me from a little boy who felt sorry for himself into a young man who felt empowered and unafraid.

The quote is “I know I’m Somebody, Cause God Don’t Make No Junk!!”

The quote is true.

If you’re struggling with anything, put the quote on your wall or write it on your bathroom mirror. As you read the quote day after day, things will change. I can’t explain it, but these words have power.

 

Maurice Guest Jr., is and education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

Stop Playing So Much!

You have no idea how much control you have.

Unless you have terminal cancer, a severe disability, or you live in a 4th world country – you have complete control over your future.

Please stop waiting on good things to happen to you. Wake up, and make good things happen!

If you want better grades, study smarter and study harder – consistently.

If you want better income, work smarter and work harder – consistently.

If you want better relationships, love smarter and love harder – consistently.

What do I mean by “smarter?” Figure out how you can accomplish what you want, and then sprint toward it – every single day!

Stop playing so much! Stop waiting! Think, then get to work!

Bigger. Faster. Stronger.

Be so Strong.. That when people get to know you, they become stronger.

Be so Positive.. That when people speak to you, their hearts become lighter.

Be so Powerful.. That you inspire lifelong followers to become leaders.

Be so Dedicated.. That you become a change agent for God.

Be such an Awesome Parent.. That decades from now, your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren will still be practicing what you preached.

 

Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas.