The Dad I Never Had

“Who would’ve thought I’d be the dad I never had.?” – Jay Z from Adnis

I’m fully invested and glad to be a dad. My daughter needs me.

Our Daughters Need Us.


Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator from Little Rock, Arkansas. Check him out on Instagram here.


What Great Parents Say to Their Teenagers

  1. What do you think?
  2. How can I help you make this better?
  3. I have complete faith in you.
  4. Sorry, that was my fault.
  5. What did we learn from this that we can learn next time?
  6. I value your contribution.
  7. I welcome your input.
  8. You’ve done a great job this week!
  9. How could we do this even better?
  10. Thank you.

Parents, know that our children will make mistakes. It’s not a matter of “if”, it’s a matter of “when.”

It’s vital that we stay involved! When they fail, we have to make sure we are there for them with the appropriate response and consequence. They need us!

If we treat our children with regard and respect, sooner or later (probably later), they will respond with respectful and mature behavior.

God Bless.

Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas. For more tips and insight, follow him on instagram

The Laws of Physics and Your Beginning

The laws of physics make it impossible to have a brand new beginning. But, it is more than possible to create a brand new ending.

Opportunity comes to those who create it. Patience is a virtue, but don’t spend your entire career, your entire parenthood, your entire life – waiting for magic to happen. There is no magic.

There is only physics. Gravity, space, atoms, science.

Start where you are and use what you already have. Begin anew and create opportunity for you and your family.

God Bless.

Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas. For more tips and insight, follow him on Instagram

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.


Successful Students vs Poor Performing Students.

90% of the human population have roughly the same IQ.

5% are above the norm.

5% are below the norm.

Almost ALL of us are born with the same intellectual capacity.

Question: Why do some students succeed and some students fail?

Answer: HABITS

Successful students aren’t born “good at school.” Successful students establish good “Academic Habits” early on, and then those habits carry them through college and beyond.

Top 5 Academic Habits (In order of Importance)

  1. Good Behavior – “Sit Down, Be Quiet and Listen!”
  2. Specific Homework Spot and Specific Homework Time.
  3. Complete All Math Homework – Every Problem, Every Assignment and then do more!
  4. Study – Know how to Study and Retain Information. Then, the student actually applies the Study Habits they know by studying and studying often.
  5. Perseverance – When problems or work is confusing, successful students have the habit of “pushing through.” Successful students understand that some work will be difficult. Moreover, successful students know that they are smart enough to figure it out if they just keep trying. Successful students don’t quit.

Poor performing students often want to succeed. Poor performing students often care about their grades. Unfortunately, poor performing students just haven’t built the same habits as their successful classmates.

Ultimately, we are all slaves to our habits. We become what we repeatedly do. We have to be insanely intentional about our everyday actions. We have to be insanely intentional about the habits we form.


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



Need versus Want

This message does not apply to us all. But, it does apply to most.

The reason why we are not where we should be in our lives is quite simple:

What we want to do with our time is in direct conflict with what we need to do with our time.

Read versus Netflix?

Write versus Snapchat?

Math versus Madden?

Study versus Sleep?

Need versus Want!

We should do more of what we need to do and less of what we want to do.


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.