I made an instant decision to write this second book in my series from a high school teacher when a fellow teacher, Howard, walked into my classroom, while I was under a desk fixing network cords. He asked me if he could take my career class too. I rolled out from under, and looked up at this man that was older and wiser than me with a slight grin and said, as long as you do the daily homework. I knew it was not about getting a chance to be in my class it was about him taking the chances we were about to start and him putting in the work. He wanted to have his own house painting business on the side and did not know how to do it or be someone people wanted to hire.
The teenagers that sat next to him became his fans and got him through his assignments. Howard had the tiniest handwriting, and his habit log was jampacked with what he had to do each day, it took me twice as long to grade. He put in the work one new habit at a time, one hour a day, until he had everything lined up to be a painter and a teacher. His slogan was: “Hire a teacher to paint your house.” By the coming summer he had one house to paint for a friend’s grandmother and a set of ceilings to pattern. Both owners were happy with his work and he since hired a teenager from the class to be on his crew.
By reading this book filled with what I do to help teens survive life and thrive now and as future adults. You’ll also have discovered how to fill out the provided habit, action, and network logs, and be on your way with new habits. Each day out will consist of more steady habits, consistent attitudes, and a better work ethic for you. It all starts here. Now when someone says, “have a good one”, you will know just how to do it.
Your wish for a better day, every day, is all in you being able to:
All of this is possible, use that same courage you had to read this book to now equip yourself with the tools provided and doable solutions and start applying them to your life. Your goals are waiting to be accomplished on the other side of this book.
Anyone can put in the work to become the person they want to be. You hear from many teenagers through their thoughts and stories that have made them feel better and made them more successful in small and big ways to carry on.
Like Stanley Leon Jr. who for the first time his senior year stopped rolling with his pants hanging half off his hips and began showing up for class on time every day to listen to his English teacher who taught him he was worth becoming something. It’s never too late to change your life and start taking action to be the best you can be. Despite how do-able this all is, the hardest part is starting and the discipline to stay on track. You have all the tools to help you succeed. Now all that’s left is taking the leap and taking on actions one day at a time, stay on it every day, bring your aspirations to life, and show people the new you.
If you like having a printable workbook to write in, you can find the three 101 page logs: habit, action, and network on amazon.com titled:
“I made a list of all my work habit improvements as you recommended:
1. get to the break room first when I smell brownies
2. schedule all video calls when the cleaners are vacuuming so I can be on mute
3. engage in more small talk
4. barrow office supplies without asking”
30 days of actions until you are saying, “phew, that is me and I did stuff.”
30 days of the right habits and stopping the wrong ones until you are saying, “phew, that is me and I did not waste time.”
30 days of expanding your circle of friends and becoming comfortable until you are saying, “phew, that is me and I opened doors for myself.”
All you have to do is scan the QR Code using the camera on your smartphone.
Take out your camera app, make sure it can clearly see the code, and wait for the notification to appear. That’s it!
Once you’ve scanned the QR Code, a notification should pop up on your phone. Tap that notification and it will take you to the URL that the code is designed to lead you to.
Nicole Rice has spent the last 27 years as a certified high school technology teacher, and trains a new set of students each fall into becoming the district’s expert geek squad. She received her Bachelor’s in Marketing and Communication from the University of Maryland and her Masters in Reading from SUNY Oneonta. In the summers she and her husband, (aka her high school sweetheart) have a marina on a lake in upstate New York. They raised their two daughters who grew up working together in the general store and now both live in California.
Mrs. Rice spends six hours a day with technology and aspiring teenagers and you can probably guess it is the right time to teach, as the teens become older, busier, and more pressured, to get those good habit skills going to survive life. She sees teenagers take on new daily habits as she familiarizes them to be more organized, less rushed, less stressed, get more done and turn their days into successful life experiences as the basis for becoming the person they want to be.
She believes how teenagers think fast, don’t overanalyze, and are open to change and up to meeting new people, is a great way for adults to step back to their teen way of thinking. Then anyone can use simple habits, put things into action, connect with others, and get what you want, to have even better days every day.