Listening with an Open Mind and a Closed Mouth.

All to often, we listen with the intent to disprove or come up with a “come back.” Therefore, we never fully grasp what the other person, the world, or God is trying to tell us.

Practice listening without countering.

Practice listening with an open mind and a closed mouth.

Practice listening with the intent to fully understand.


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


From Dream to Reality – In Three Simple Steps.

Step 1: Dream Boldly and Without Fear!

Erase the fear of dreaming big. If your dream is big, audacious, and almost unbelievable – good! Own it! Don’t allow fear or an impoverished mindset derail or minimize your dream. Your dream is directly aligned with your purpose. And your purpose is blessed by the most high.

Step 2: Write it Down!

Transfer the dream from your mind to a piece of paper. Next, attach a date to your dream. A dream written down with a definite deadline becomes a goal. Next, break the goal down into small steps that can be taken daily. “Daily steps” create momentum, and momentum is just like magic! Momentum energizes us all and is a major factor in getting our goals accomplished!

Step 3: Show God You are Serious by Taking Action!

A goal supported with action is a goal supported by God. A goal supported by God, is a goal/dream that comes true.

“Do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” – Galatians 6:7

In order for a harvest, we must first take the action of planting, cultivating, and nurturing our seed aka dream.

Dream big and take massive action!


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

Faith and Prayer must be Accompanied by Action.

James 2: 17-26 (NKJV)

Faith by itself, if it does not have works is dead. Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the alter? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by his works faith was made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. And he was called the friend of God.”

You see then that a man is justified by his works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, faith without works is dead as well.

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” – Frederick Douglass

Let’s take action. Let’s get to work!


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


You Are a Leader. (Whether You Like it or Not)

Sometimes leadership chooses you, leaving you with no choice but to lead. There are family members, friends, co-workers who look up to you. They admire you and think you really have it together. They examine the details of your life – how you speak, how you dress, the way you carry yourself, where you go, how hard you work…

You are their role model. They look to you as an example, and they never asked for your permission! Just the same, you didn’t ask for their admiration. You didn’t ask them to follow your lead. Sometimes, leadership chooses you.

This is an awesome responsibility! Therefore, you must be careful of what you say. You have to be careful of your actions.

You must make good choices. You must stay on the right path. For if you venture down the wrong path, your followers may follow.

And if they falter or destroy themselves, it will be your fault!

Live wisely. Live with ambition. Live well. You are a leader, whether you like it or not.


The Grass is Greener on the Other Side.

Sometimes the grass is greener on the other side… Because it’s fake.

Anybody can look like they are doing well.

They can rent the nice house.

They can lease the nice car.

He can use money or the appearance of money to attract a beautiful woman.

She can lease her soul to attract and keep her man.

Don’t be fooled by the way things appear. In fact, stay focused on your goals. Only View your own Vision.

Keep your eyes on your own grass!


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


“Work Smarter not Harder” = Bad Advice!

I despise the quote “Work Smarter not Harder.”

I’m shocked that many people believe that hard work is not absolutely necessary.

I’m shocked that many people believe that they can achieve success without consistent work and sacrifice.

I’m shocked that many people believe they can “out think” the laws of success by simply “working smarter.”

There is no shortcut.

If success is the goal, hard work is a major part of the process. We must commit to working extremely hard – over a long period of time.

Working smart is important too. I too believe that we must make intelligent decisions with our time and energy. Strategy and efficiency is vital!

However, intelligence does not replace work ethic, for we must commit to both! In fact, the quote should read “Work Smarter AND Work Harder.” Hmmm, I like the sound of that… Work Smarter AND Work Harder!


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

Do We Deserve to Dream Big?!

If we have the audacity to dream big dreams and expect any of it to come true – we must be willing to outwork everyone around us. We must also be willing to sacrifice almost all of our free time.

Be honest with yourself. Are you cool with working 12, 14, 16, 18 hour days? Are you cool with sacrificing time with friends, family, Netflix, social media, etc.?

The truth is, if we are not willing to work extremely hard and make extreme sacrifices, we don’t deserve to dream big (and expect any of it to come true).


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

The Bridge

There is a map.

And on this map are two points: Point A and Point B.

In between Point A and Point B, is a wide and treacherous river. This river is filled with alligators, crocodiles, snakes, piranhas, robbers, killers, thieves, drug dealers, triflin men, triflin women, fast men and fast women.

It’s our job and God given responsibility to cross this river!

We have to get from where we are right now – which is Point A, to where we are destined to reside – which is Point B!

But here’s the million dollar question:

How do we get from Point A to Point B, and how do we cross this river without falling prey to the predators that feed within it?

Answer: We need a bridge. And that bridge is referred to as self-discipline.

I challenge us all to start building our bridge today!


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


The word consistency originates from the Latin word consistentem, meaning “a state of being in harmony.”

A consistent and disciplined routine brings peace. Peace at work and within our business. Peace at home. Peace with our children. Peace within our relationships. Peace within.

Consistency is defined as steadfast adherence to the same principles. Consistency should be a major goal in all of our lives.

Consistentem. Be consistent.


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