MID SUMMER

 

Can you see how one path is getting
darker while the other path is getting lighter?
Which path will you take?

As the weeks wind down to the end of summer it would be wise to ask yourself how did you spend the past 6 weeks?  What did you learn about yourself that can help you be the best you possible?

Simple yet profound questions.  Whatever your answer there will be a consequence.  Consider, if you make the wrong conclusions about what you have learned you are bound to stumble and fall with potentially serious consequences.

However, if you come up with the right conclusions on what you have learned then you will know doubt grow by leaps and bounds.  Remember, to seek out counsel from WISE people.  People who REALLY want you to succeed.  Be forewarned that just because a person smiles at you and says nice things does not mean they like you or have your best interests at heart.

There are many people looking to take what you have earned and sabotage your works out of envy or jealousy.  We defined the differences between those two words in previous discussions.

So, STOP……REFLECT…….MEDITATE ……and ask the questions on who, what, where, how, why, when, to fully dig deep into your inner most person.

You may or may not like what you see.  But that is all part of the growing up process from adolescents to adulthood.   To quote my Aunt Susie you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see that “the world is going to hell in hand basket”.  But when you think about it and look around and watch the news and do some deep research you will come to the same conclusion.  Everybody is just tra la la la laing all the way to the grave.

So this is not Johnny Rain Cloud, trying to dampen your dreams!  This is Mr. Sunshine trying to help you push those dark clouds away.

You have half the summer left to do some real growing.  Be courteous to everyone.  Be thankful for the beautiful sunsets that are painted for us each evening.  Be grateful that our creator made us so we do not get tired of seeing blue sky and green grass.  When is the last time you woke up and said, Oh, I am tired of a Blue Sky and Green Grass?  NOT GONNA HAPPEN.

Its summer, we all look forward to this every year.

So enjoy…… and always remember to BE THE BEST YOU.

Ste Brown MS

The Power of CHOICE

CHOICE, its is an interesting word.

an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities.

“the choice between good and evil”
synonyms: option, alternative, possible course of action

“you have no other choice”

Consider today you will face many opportunities to exercise your power of choice.  Who will you choose to be today?  How consistent are you at trying to be the best version of yourself?

Will you choose to be kind or rude?  Will you display mildness and self-control or will you simply be loud, abrasive, disrespectful and out of control?  Who would you rather be?  How would you rather have people view you?

What you choose is a reflection of who you are at your core.

There are people working right now breaking the law, torturing people with microwaves, telling them to kill, steal, commit various hate crimes because that is who they are at their core.  They work for corrupt government agencies and lie everyday of their life!

There are teachers who are not putting in the their best effort to teach you a subject and there are students who are not trying in any class.
Why do people choose to give less when they would be much happier if they really gave their very best at all times?

We cannot always control the events, but we can choose what to focus on, choose our own meaning of the events, and we can choose what to do and how to respond to events.

I CHOOSE……….
to live by choice, not by chance
to be motivated, not manipulated
to be useful, not used
to make changes, not excuses
to excel, not compete
I choose self-esteem, not self pity
I choose to listen to my inner voice,
not to the random opinion of others

Example, you have a classmate who is taking up valuable time toward your education by being disruptive in the class.  Do you choose to sit and laugh at them or do you choose to ask the student to be a clown on their own time?  Its your education!

Now apply that to your classwork.  You have failed most of your classes since elementary school. Your facing not graduating with your class because you CHOSE to be lazy and make excuses for your lack of effort!
You CHOSE to blame everyone but yourself for not paying attention in class! You CHOSE to create a situation in class so you could be removed from the classroom.  Who failed WHOM?

What will you do?  Will you decide TODAY is the day you will take responsibility toward your education or will you simply let life go on as before?

CHOICE IS POWERFUL!

Try to see yourself in the future.  What type of job will you have?  What type of apartment will you live in?  You may not even have enough to rent out a room in a boarding house!  Now what are your options?

Steve Brown is the CEO of the UniversityfoBandz.  He writes post for students on the importance of developing and maintaining good character and the value of education.  Character has always been your number one transferable skill not your academic prowess. UofB invites all of our readers to set the example by being the best you possible.

Good Character is a CHOICE!  Choose correctly…
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Belief in something does NOT make it true!

As the school year has started, I thought I would share some knowledge about belief vs. truth.  Belief in something does NOT make it true.  Also, the number of people believing in something does NOT make it true.  Remember, 1500 years ago everybody “knew” the earth was the center of the universe, 500 years ago everybody “knew” the earth was flat.  Ring a bell?

Well what will you discover this year?  How can we apply that same principle to ethics, morals and integrity?  What are morals? Where do they come from?  What are standards? Where do they come from?  What are values? Where do they come from?

Is the theory of evolution really believable?  Did that Rolex watch make itself!  Does a house in the desert build itself?  Of course not!  If we can draw the correct conclusion on such simple items as a watch and house, why can’t we acknowledge that the more complex universe had a designer, a creator an intelligence far superior than that of our own?  Consider the complexity of the watch in the following video.  The video is 7 minutes and 43 seconds.  But it will leave you with some obvious conclusions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsZm7AxncmI

If we were created, do you think the creator has a purpose for us?  Why did he make us male and female and tell us to subdue the earth and have in subjection the fish of the sea, the birds in heaven and every animal walking on the earth?  Why did he say there would be no more sickness and even death would be gone forever?  Hmmm…Interesting questions, these!

The answers to these questions will determine if you live a life of immorality, corruption and dishonesty, or live by the highest standards and morals provided by a supreme creator.  Men can come up with rules and laws but they pick and chose when to apply them. Morals and ethics, principals, and integrity are from a higher source. The creator of all things teaches us how to benefit ourselves. He is never unjust!

MORALS

a person’s standards of behavior or beliefs concerning what is and is not acceptable for them to do.
“the corruption of public morals”

synonyms: moral code, code of ethics, (moral) values, principles, standards, (sense of) morality, scruples

“he has no morals”

Man did not create morals.
Example: Today the world says we must be tolerant of everyone.  Really…this could imply there is NO right or wrong, there is no good or bad! It suggests people can do whatever they want whenever they want and to whomever they want.  But aren’t they doing that anyway?  They believe in free speech without filters. They can say whatever they want to whomever they want!  Hmmmm!

Give that some thought.  Would you want someone walking up to you and just start screaming abusive words or names at you simply because some imperfect law says they have the right to do so?

Belief in something does NOT make it true!

Without trying to sound preachy, start thinking about what a “Perfect” world should look like.
Why would YOUR world be that way.  Remember, what you believe may not be what your classmates believe.  So whose standards should you follow, YOURS, YOUR CLASSMATES, PARENTS, TEACHERS….
or the CREATOR?

We can all agree the Rolex watch did NOT make itself.  Our universe and the human body are far more complicated than a Rolex watch.  So you have some soul searching to do this year.  To help you with your direction, I want to share a story about Fernando Casillas. This is a very compelling story about an individual who chose to change his character.  Watch his video.  If he can change, so can YOU!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX44-6mz2P0&t=13s

Steve Brown is the CEO of Universityofbandz and writes blogs about the importance of developing and maintaining good character and how it can have a positive influence toward a students attitudes about their education and life in general.

It is important to note “Good People” can do bad things and “Bad People” can do good things, the difference is intention and frequency, duration and intensity.  People of Good Character DO NOT continue to practice their mistakes.  Like Weebles, they may wobble, but they always tend to get up and find the proper path in life, while people with BAD CHARACTER practice their vices daily.  They are typically angry, abusive in words and actions, hateful, unhappy, and deceitful.

Want proof, simply look at your the world you live in.  How may people have been through a treatment program but then straightened up and followed the right course vs. those who simply cannot seem to get their act together?  Why did one person make and the other did not?  How many people date multiple individuals and blame their partner for all of the problems only to repeat their same mistakes in their preceding relationships?  How many people get married and divorced 3,4,5 times and never seem to grow up only to keep blaming their former spouse?  How many students keep failing their classes, only to blame the teacher, or invent excuses such as race, or disability or discrimination?
At what point do people decide to become accountable for their own actions and acknowledge they need to be better at every level?

Good Character is a CHOICE!  Choose correctly…
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A PRISON MINISTRY THAT REALLY WORKS

No doubt  over the summer you have read accounts of crimes and violence in your communities and sadly some of you may have been victimized by losing a loved one or having one of your loved ones go to prison or detention or some other form of treatment.  This is important because people feel despair and it can have an adverse effect on their education.

With that said I went out to find a program that I felt really works on an international level. You may not necessarily agree with their methods, or their ideology, but one thing you cannot deny is how each person feels about themselves and how their lives have been improved after participating in this prison ministry.

The following videos are also helpful as an intervention to help students to STOP and THINK before they do something that can land them behind bars.  I encourage everyone, parents, administrators and of course students to look at a prison ministry that is having great success around the world.  Enjoy the videos.

https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/activities/help-community/video-from-prison-to-prosperity/

https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/activities/living-bible-principles/fed-up-with-my-lifestyle-video/

https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/activities/help-community/video-clip-bible-truth-helping-prisoners/#?insight[search_id]=d82a34f8-369a-47a9-b2e0-779eb2110ffb&insight[search_result_index]=3

https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/activities/help-community/bible-study-transforming-prisoners-lives/

Well how do you feel after watching those videos?  Were they uplifting? Did they give you hope for your loved one?  If so please share them with your family, friends, classmates and more.  Each of these men recognized they could not continue to live a life of recklessness and destruction.  They made a choice!  Choice is powerful.  We can continue to walk a course of self-destruction and be irresponsible or we can CHOOSE to be the BEST version of ourselves as possible.

Steve Brown is the CEO of Universityofbandz and writes blogs about the importance of developing and maintaining good character and how it can have a positive influence toward a students attitudes about their education and life in general.

It is important to note Good People can do bad things and Bad People can do good things, the difference is frequency.  People of Good Character DO NOT continue to practice their mistakes – they can correct their judgement, while people with BAD CHARACTER practice their vices daily and seem to be oblivious to the feelings of others.  Want proof, simply look at your peers, community and government.

If you think the information in this blog has been helpful to you, please share it with your friends.

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COUNTDOWN TO A NEW SCHOOL YEAR

Wow, summer has really gone by fast.  How did you spend your time?  Did you learn anything about yourself?  Feel free to share your summer experiences through our email. If you want us to post it please clearly state that in print.

Remember, Character is your number one transferable skill.  With that said, have you been working to improve your character?  Since we are ALL a work in progress, it is safe to say that Character Development is an ONGOING process that will never end.  Give that some thought.  Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Mildness, Self-Control, Chasteness, Contentment, Loyalty, Obedience, Graciousness are outstanding qualities to have.  No doubt we would all enjoy being with someone who could consistently demonstrated those qualities.
But that person does not exist……….today.

Remember, to look at YOUR character. Not your siblings or classmates, but YOURS!

While you are pondering the above information, consider students make decision in life that they often regret as they get older.  Example, TATTOOS!  They may look nice at the moment.  But what happens when you want to go to a special/important event and the boss is looking for someone with GOOD CHARACTER to lead the team or run an expansion office?  What will your TATTOO say about your CHARACTER?!

Consider the following link
https://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/how-many-people-regret-their-tattoos/

“Here’s another way to spot strong feelings of tattoo remorse: laser removals. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there were 45,224 procedures for tattoo removal in the United States last year — almost three-quarters of which were performed on women. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the age breakdown here echoes the age breakdown above — more than half of laser removals last year were for individuals ages 19 to 34. But there were also 261 tattoo removals on people 18 and younger (instant regrets, perhaps?) and 424 procedures to remove tattoos from people 65 and older (long-term ones?).”

So before you decide to spend your money on a tattoo that you may later regret consider putting that money toward a CD, or life insurance policy, or even putting it in a savings account.

But if you MUST have a tattoo…. find a service or product that gives you the option to wash it off if you decide you do not like it.  Live with a temporary tattoo for a few weeks then decide if you want to make it permanent after you have considered how you will look later in life.  Visualize yourself in all types of situations and at all stages of life such as school, parent, grandparent, employee, employer, etc.
Then ask yourself what will that tattoo say about your judgement in each of those phases of life. Just because something is popular does not make it a good thing!  Just because everyone else is doing it or all of my friends are doing does not mean its the right thing to do!

https://www.walmart.com/c/kp/temporary-tattoos

Well that should get your juices flowing!  If you have been vegging out for the summer its time to get your BRAIN in gear.  Think everyday!  Do something challenging everyday!  Enjoy meeting new people and getting to understand their perspective.  I did NOT say you have to agree with their perspective only understand it.  Once you can do that then you can began to formulate your own thoughts on the subject in the future.

Also, remember, if all you have is a hammer…everything else is a nail.
All you can do his hit it!  What does that mean?  It means you need to expand your mind with MORE WORDS, MORE IDEAS, HIGHER PRINCIPLES, MORE KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING, DISCERNMENT, INSIGHT, THINKING ABILITY.

When you become an INDEPENDENT THINKER you will not be intimidated by others who think differently.  You will be able to calmly present your counter points fluidly, without hesitation or reservation because you will have done your due diligence on the subject at hand before putting your mouth in gear.

The clock is counting down to the beginning of another school year.  Let this be your best year to date by making an effort to be the BEST YOU possible!

Steve Brown is the CEO of Universityofbandz and writes blogs about the importance of developing and maintaining good character and how it can have a positive influence toward a students attitudes about their education and life in general.

It is important to note Good People can do bad things and Bad People can do good things, the difference is frequency.  People of Good Character DO NOT continue to practice their mistakes – they can correct their judgement, while people with BAD CHARACTER practice their vices daily and seem to be oblivious to the feelings of others.  Want proof, simply look at your peers, community and government.

If you think the information in this blog has been helpful to you, please share it with your friends.

Steve Brown MS, CEO
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Reality Check!

“Hmmmmmm!  I did not know it would cost this much to live!  I wish I had paid attention more in school.”  Ever here one of your former classmates make that statement?

As your school year winds down, you no doubt have purchased a number of items over the paths 9 months, such as electronic devices, sneakers, apparel, caps, maybe your first car. So ask yourself did your new purchase bring you more piece of mind, did it make you have more joy, love of neighbor or  patience?  Did it make you a kinder person, have more self-control or more mild in your personality?

Chances are it did none of these things.  As you get closer to graduation you should be focusing on your needs over your wants.  You should have a transition plan in place that helps you to understand where your focus should be. As you seek out summer employment and start understanding the realities of transition from school to work, you are no doubt developing a clearer understanding of what you need to earn to support yourself.

Remember, to move out of your parents home you will need to minimize frivolous expenditures just to afford a one bedroom apartment.

The average cost for rent across the country is as high as $3600 a month in San Francisco to $450 per month in Wichita Kansas.  So what are the chances you can support yourself when you graduate?
http://mentalfloss.com/article/81296/average-cost-one-bedroom-apartments-50-major-us-cities

Consider:
The USDA calculates food costs by age range, according to four levels of plans: thrifty, low-cost, moderate and liberal. For instance, monthly food bills for a man who was 19-50 years old would break down this way in each category: thrifty, $182; low-cost, $235.60; moderate, $294.80; and liberal, $360.70.
A woman’s average monthly food bills in the same age category are as follows: thrifty, $162.40; low-cost, $203.70; moderate, $251.70; and liberal, $321.20. All of these averages are from 2013. According to the numbers, the averages for this age range tends to be slightly higher than any other age range.

So the next time you are in class and you think you do not need to listen to or learn anything, ask yourself, how do you plan on supporting yourself if you cannot afford the basic necessities in life?

REALITY CHECK.  IT COST MONEY TO SUPPORT YOURSELF!

Who will prospective employers higher first?  YOU or your peers?
What does your academic performance say about your skill set?
Are you a team player?  Do you know how to get along with people?
Character is your #1 Transferable Skill. Employers are looking for people who are trainable.  People who have great personalities.  People who have great self-esteem and a good self-image.  What does your character say about YOU!

Steve Brown MS, is the CEO of the UniversityofBandz.com.  He writes blogs on valuing your education and developing and maintaining good character and  how to repair damaged character.

We all stumble in word, thoughts and deeds.  Some fall harder than others and may cause serious damage to their character!  However, that is not the end of life, it simply means you have to pick yourself up and wipe off the stains and start putting the pieces back together.

Always remember, there is NO ONE who can look you in the eye and tell you they are perfect.

Regardless of whether you have a juvenile record, or stumbled as adults you can still repair your character.  It takes time and effort but you can succeed!

Pursue Virtue, show Valor and you will be the Victor!

Steve Brown MS, CEO
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Level the Playing Field – Part II

Level the Playing Field – Part II

As noted in Part I a healthy mind does NOT experiment on others.

People who work in the field or microwaves DO NOT HAVE HEALTHY MINDS.  This technology is being pointed at playgrounds, schools, colleges, and communities across the country.   You may even have friends who say they are hearing voices in their heads.  Trust me, they are NOT mentally ill!  They are victims of V2K!

How do they inject you?  They inject you via a syringe for a vaccination, or blood test or any other situation that calls for a needle to be put into your arm.  if you have had a hospital visits, doctors visits, MRI’s community vaccinations….forget about it…you have been injected.
If you have ever been SEDATED for ANY reason, there is a 99.9% chance you have been illegally tagged by your corrupt government officials.  If you are a person of color there is a 100% chance you have been illegally tagged.

If you are an immigrant, legal or illegal, military, police or security personnel, or have been in any part of the criminal justice program either as a juvenile or an inmate or employee you have been tagged.  You have a GPS tracking chip as well as neural chip implants.

Just like the Tuskegee experiments that occurred in the 50’s, corrupt humans have continued to be corrupt, they have continued to perform illegal operations under the guise of race superiority, patriotism, science/human experimentation, nationalism, hatred, prejudice, racism, etc.  In other words, humans have a propensity to the dumbest things for the dumbest reasons.

What does this say about THEIR CHARACTER?  Suffice it to say we would all agree they are sick, demented, perverted, and in need of some serious mental health intervention!

Keep your eyes open, pay attention to your surroundings and be a voice that stands against illegal human tagging and experimentation.  Do so with a MILD SPIRIT, CALM DISPOSITION, and LOVE FOR NEIGHBOR out of a clean heart.  This way they cannot take your NEGATIVE EMOTIONS and use them against you!  That is a critical piece going forward.  The technology can put negative emotions in your mind such as rape, kill, steal, lie, cheat, harm, etc.  But if your HEART is trained to reject those types of subliminal commands, their technology will fail.

There is no law against love, kindness, goodness, mildness, self-control!  If makes their job that much more difficult when you heart is trained to be loving, kind and forgiving!

So the next time you feel yourself wanting to behave badly, please remember this article.  Those emotions you feel may NOT necessarily be yours.

History shows us that King David killed Uriah the Hittite and committed adultery with his wife Bathsheba.  History also tells us King Manasseh did on a large scale what was bad by leading Israel to worship false gods.  He even burned his own sons in the fire!

Yet what is unique about these individuals?  Both Kings acknowledged their mistakes, repented of their actions and turned their lives around.  The point:  NO ONE can heal themselves unless they first acknowledge their mistakes and then take correction action to be a better person.

As long as people continue to be illegally experimented on by corrupt government agencies, and the individuals that work in those agencies and continue to deny their acts of aggression and hatred are wrong, they will always need a character adjustment!

Steve Brown MS, CEO of the Universityofbandz.com writes blogs on the value of education and importance of developing and maintaining good character.  He also teaches others participants how to repair damaged character.  To illustrate, just as a stain on clothing can be washed away, so bad character can be removed as well.  You are NOT what people want you to be, you are WHAT you want to be and that is determined by how you live, how you speak and how you treat others.

What does YOUR character say about YOU!

Steve Brown MS, CEO
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Level the Playing Field – Part I

BRACE YOURSELF FOR THIS ONE!

You cannot protect yourself against something you do not know exists and is designed to control your emotions.

Without trying to scare you, I want to discuss a subject that needs to have every ones attention.  Because directly or indirectly it not only impacts the educational system and learning process but it has had tragic consequences on the landscape of our society for years.  It can happen on a school bus, on the playground or even in the school building!

Consider the following questions?  Ever find yourself thinking you hear someone talking to you but no one is around?  Hear a buzzing sound or high frequency around your ears? Have weird dreams of people and places you have never seen or places you have never been?  Ever find yourself in a maze with various obstacles to thwart your exit? These are just a few of the tricks that are used on the general populace today.  Did you know can literally SEE your dreams on a LED screen and they can put the dreams of another person inside YOUR head?

Welcome to the world of microwave technology.

How-Neurotransmitters-Are-Released-in-the-Brain-2

How can you defend yourself against this technology? By leveling the playing field. When you know and understand what is happening to you, then you will be better prepared to control your emotions and your actions.

Did you know that there are frequencies that can control moods and your attitude toward things?  Did you know that the QWEN TOWERS in your communities are sending various frequencies into specific homes or neighborhoods and some are actually directed at schools or individuals within your schools and communities?

mw1 GWEN T2
These are QWEN TOWERS – The feds own the tops and the communication companies control the middle for their cell phone transmissions.

Ever wonder what causes students to act violently toward their teachers or classmates?  Or why a person can go from 0-10 without any apparent provocation?  Or why Police Officers act out of fear in certain environments? Or why 22 soldiers commit suicide every month?  Or why one area or neighborhood or segment of society experiences more violence than others? Of why students fight for no apparent reason?

Is there an invisible force that is at work?

Enter the MICROWAVE FREQUENCY!
They can literally create frequencies that cause depression, anger, hatred, rage and so much more!  But more importantly via the neural chip you can experience what is known as V2K or voice to skull transmissions.   In other words the voice emanates from within your head.

You are NOT schizophrenic, you are NOT paranoid, you are NOT mentally ill.  However, they want you to believe you are!

Your symptoms are NOT from an organic source such as a mineral deficiency.   They can be either be created through an implant in your body that is resonating at a certain mega hertz or your body is susceptible to that negative frequency even though you are NOT necessarily injected.

They can take your existing attitude, especially if it is bad, angry and hateful, racist, prejudice, spiteful, revengeful and use it against you by literally turning it up like a rheostat that intensifies the negative emotion to the point you will act out to hurt another individual and or yourself.

In their drive to destroy their own world and discredit people they actually tell their targeted victims to do harmful things to others or even cause harm to their families or people at large in their communities.
The questions is…WHO are these people?  They can be your mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends or associates or neighbors who work for these nefarious agencies. While they are smiling at you in public and during the family picnics they are literally killing people and torturing people on their jobs.

The individuals who are working in these programs are themselves masochist, racist, prejudice, suffering from low self-esteem, poor-self image, self hatred, depression, mental disorders are chemically dependent, and they work as county commissioners, politicians, psychologist, psychiatrist, doctors, attorneys, judges, and police, nurses, any other occupation.

And you thought LOKI was nuts!  Not even close.  These people make the LOKI look like a cub scout and it is all paid for by TAX dollars.

You do not need to be a rocket scientist to appreciate that healthy minds do not TORTURE, INTIMIDATE, THREATEN, BULLY, BURN, or KILL, STEAL, HABITUALLY LIE and ILLEGALLY EXPERIMENT on others for any reason.

A healthy mind is about creating positive solutions for people in the most difficult of circumstances. They show fellow feeling, compassion, caring attitudes toward the needs of others.  They know how to love themselves so they can love others, they appreciate real joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, mildness and self-control, chasteness, contentment.  These are qualities of a healthy mind.

Good Character is NOT an accident.  It is a deliberate effort to live by a higher code, to follow a higher calling and be the example for others.

Steve Brown MS, CEO is of Universityofbandz.com writes blogs on the value of education and the importance of character development.  With proper character by all citizens we can eliminate the threats of microwave abuse.  SCB Associates, has been studying the subject for over fifteen years and has documented research to support this article.

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Wow June is coming – June is coming!

Whoa Nelly.  June is almost here! Graduation is on the minds of the seniors and some juniors.  Freshman and Sophomores are thinking about the next year and how many credits they need until they graduate.  Well, how did you do?  Did you learn anything?

Consider the following:
As graduation approaches, you are no doubt thinking about the remaining classes, classmates, favorite or no so favorite teachers. The freshman were concerned about moving into a new building with “older people”!  But regardless of your starting points or ending points, your minds were spinning like a whirlwind trying to take it all in while at the same time maintaining your cool.  Come on now!  I used to rock the bell bottoms and fro back in the day and wear my sunglasses!  But I outgrew it!  Now I wear suits, ties, and rock the suspenders and Johnston and Murphy’s.  But I digress.

Many of our students do not want their peers to see them sweat so they cover over their anxieties with jokes, laughter, teasing, and sometimes insults and bullying.

So before you go down that slippery slope of negativity, you will want to check yourself and take inventory of your emotions and your thoughts. Ask yourself are you following the HIGHEST principles possible?  Are you working to BE THE BEST you possible?  Are you taking the higher ground and GROWING emotionally and psychologically so that you can function at your optimal level?

All of the underclassmen should be looking at all of those seniors and soaking up their knowledge.
How many of the seniors actually learned something in class?  How many applied themselves to their studies?  How may were in the principals office everyday?

Without the mindset wanting to “be the best you”,  you will be ‘just another wannabe, could-a, would-a, should- a kinda person’ whom teachers and administrators will later say” “They had so much potential to be more”.    Don’t let that be said about you!  Don’t leave your educational game on the bench. Bring your “A” game everyday so that when the big tests come along in life you can pass them.

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With that said, lets consider some of the areas that you will eventually be confronted with as you progress through school. Politics, Religion, Gender Equality, Sexuality, Grooming, Dress, Music, Friends, Physical appearance are some of the many topics you will eventually discuss in the cafeteria, playground, gym, on the bus and even walking to and from school.  Even though all people have to deal with each subject matter (including teachers, administrators and even your parents, grandparents, siblings), you will be surprised to learn how many different answers can be provided for each of them.  But for every different answer there are also different outcomes. So the choices you make today will have a HUGE impact on your potential outcomes tomorrow!

The point being, is that YOU need to be the BEST YOU!  There is a right way and a wrong way for everything in life.  But there is only ONE answer that can MAXIMIZE your potential.  If all choices or just ANY choice led to a positive outcome then why do we have so much corruption, dishonesty, hypocrisy, crime, violence, hatred, prejudice, racism, etc. There is only ONE answer that can help you be the BEST YOU possible!

If you are really paying attention to our blog you will have more than an inkling of what direction you should go.  One of my friends once said that opinions are like tennis shoes.  Everyone has them and they all STINK!

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Opinions usually are odorous when we do not agree with them.  But having been raised in a rural area as a teen I actually came to love the smell of a dead skunk.  It took some getting used to but I can truthfully today it is not as offensive as the first time I smelled it. There is something refreshing about the pungent order of dead skunk that clears the nostrils and open the lungs.  The point is that we are going to here opinions that initially we may find ODOROUS, but after we have had some time to think about them and as we gain more knowledge and understanding, discernment and thinking ability, then we begin to see the WISDOM in words, that initially we did not agree with.  Allow yourself that opportunity to understand the words you hear, before you draw your final conclusions.

So as you walk the hallways of school and eventually the hallways of life, test the quality of the words. Listen to the emotion and conviction attached to them, then determine if they have merit.  But be forewarned!

Remember, that even a racist has conviction for their beliefs, and even Hitler had conviction for his actions.  But that does not justify them nor make them legal nor make them acceptable.  So be careful about the conclusions you draw on the words you hear.  You may just need more knowledge, understanding, discernment and thinking ability before you can properly come to the right conclusions.

Choose your friends wisely.  You WILL become the company you keep!
If you hang around people who have a limited vocabulary and use colorful metaphors to express themselves, there is a 99.9% chance you will do the same.  If they deal with their anxieties by smoking and drinking, swearing and fighting, there is a very high probability you will do the same.

However, the same can be said if you hang around people who have proper manners, and principles.  People who cultivate intrinsic qualities such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control, chasteness, contentment, loyalty, obedience, humility, etc.  Those qualities will take you anywhere and open any door or opportunity.  You may also meet people who understand investment portfolios, real-estate, entrepreneurial-ism, people, who have self-respect and a positive self image and positive self esteem, people who follow a higher standard.  People who have their values grounded on higher principles.  Their good qualities will become YOUR good qualities.

When you choose the latter, you have a greater chance of accomplishing your goals without disappointments and regrets in your life.  So ask yourself, which would you rather have?

If you believe you have to experience disappointment in order to know how it feels then you may also be a person who thinks the glass is half empty.  You may be the negative-nellie of the group, always putting others down, always complaining and finding fault with everyone and everything. That is not an image of a healthy mind.

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Don’t be this guy!                Act like this!

However, if you think you can learn many of life’s lessons by watching and learning through others failures and successes then you may be a person who thinks the class is half full.  That is a very positive individual who is always looking for the silver lining, looking for the good, and pursuing the higher virtues.  BE THAT PERSON!

Steve Brown is the CEO of Universityofbandz and writes blogs about the importance of developing and maintaining good character and how it can have a positive influence toward a students attitudes about their education and life in general.

It is important to note Good People can do bad things and Bad People can do good things, the difference is frequency.  People of Good Character DO NOT continue to practice their mistakes, while people with BAD CHARACTER practice their vices daily.  Want proof, simply look at your peers.

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Take The Pledge (TTP)
I________________________ endeavor to use my time wisely in school, to pay attention in all classes, to respect all teachers, classmates, all employees.  I pledge to myself, my parents, my teachers and my community that I will do my schoolwork, read my books, ask questions, seek advice when needed, and live by the rules and play within the lines.

I pledge not to make excuses, or blame others for my academic failures.  I pledge to spread the message about the importance of character and its impact on education. I pledge to follow the motto of the UniversityofBandz to BE THE BEST YOU possible. 

I understand that if I fall down in meeting these obligations that I will NOT stay down.  I will pick myself up, dust off the dirt and move forward by continuing to develop positive character.

Signed:____________________
School:____________________
Grade: ____________________
Age:___

Outstanding! Now send it to ste@universityofbandz.com and you will become an official member of the UniversityofBandz and its Character Initiative Program!

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YOU ARE KNOWN BY THE FRIENDS YOU KEEP – what do yours say about you?

Wow, I just got off a Face Book page I manage for a company and found a posting that was disturbing to say the least.  I could not help but ask why do people have a need to support low standards when it comes to their choice of words?

Some researchers say ‘people think emotional pain can be healed by swearing’.

I disagree.  I think it only adds to the pain and it reinforces the pain.

By becoming angry when people say or do something to us that is offensive or hurtful does not make the situation better.  When you raise your voice, your blood pressure goes up, you find yourself acting like the aggressor and you may even resort to spewing your own colorful metaphors or act out violently leading to a physical altercation.

Give this a try 
The next time you feel insulted or someone physically causes you pain, ask yourself, what is going on in the aggressors headWhy are they trying to cause you painWhat is the source of THEIR pain?  What is the source of their emotional and psychological instability?
Are they doing this because there is a chemical imbalance?  Are they are a masochist? Are they part of a secret government program or secret fraternal organization that likes to set people up and pull pranks on them, in an attempt to publicly discredit their victims? (they exist!)

Once we begin to look at these questions we might see the aggressor in a different light.  Example, someone calls you a racial slur or some other offensive word is obviously suffering from a form of pain that directly related to one or more of the subject categories in this paragraph.
Right away we should recognize this individual lacks self-control.  They may be suffering from a severe case of low self-esteem, poor self-image, false since of pride, delusion, or any number of other things going on in their life.

Look at their dress and grooming.  Is their hair combed?  Did they take a bath? Did they brush their teeth?  Do they smell like smoke or alcohol?
All of these could be clues to what is going on in their life.

Even if they are wearing a suit and tie, or clean jeans and tennis shoes they could still be suffering from emotional pain.  So do not be quick to respond to them in a negative way.  Be discerning!

There may be jealousy or envy behind their attack.
What is the difference? Jealousy is when someone wants what you have but they don’t mind that you have it.  Envy is when they want what you have but because they cannot have it, they do not want you to have it.
Either one can cause them to behave childish or hateful or spiteful!

But we can all agree that THEY are in pain and that is why they act out against others.  They obviously lack good character.  Many have no sense of morality, virtue,  or ethics.  They practice their bad behavior daily and associate with individuals who do the same.  So what do the friends you keep, say about YOUR character!

An ethical or moral person does not verbally or physically attack another individual….period! A healthy mind does NOT attack people, it does not torture people, and it has no need to go out of the way to mistreat or be verbally abusive toward others.

So when look at insults from a different perspective we begin to see the individual as a person in need of help.  They have been victimized by their own lies, their own life style, their own bad choices, their own misconceptions, their own prejudices, and biases and even their own associations.  In other words they are in some form of emotional or psychological pain which has blinded their better judgement.  In a nutshell they are delusional and need psychological help.

So ask them what can YOU do to help them ease their pain?  Then watch their reaction!  Do it with mildness, do with self-control and for love of goodness avoid the colorful metaphors!

Steve Brown is the CEO of Universityofbandz and writes blogs about the importance of developing and maintaining good character and how it can have a positive influence toward a students attitudes about their education and life in general.

It is important to note Good People can do bad things and Bad People can do good things, the difference is frequency.  People of Good Character DO NOT continue to practice their mistakes, while people with BAD CHARACTER practice their vices daily.

We encourage our readers to become members and submit their comments below.

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NO FREEDOM WITHOUT BOUNDARIES OR LIMITATIONS

NO FREEDOM WITHOUT BOUNDARIES and LIMITATIONS

While driving down the street you come to an intersection and wait for the light to turn green.  When the light turns green you pull out into the intersection only to be broadsided by a drunk driver who thought his freedom to drink and drive outweighed your freedom to obey the traffic light.

While going to court for the accident, the Judge (who is an alcoholic himself) decides in favor of the drunk driver and decides to fine YOU for not looking both ways before you pulled out into the intersection!  They also make YOU take the drivers test again and suspended your license!

Sound absurd? This time you are walking in the mall with your family enjoying an outing. While going about your activities you see a man running at you screaming loudly and shooting anyone whom he wants.  One of your family members is killed.  The shooter runs out of store and kills 10 more people and injures many more with his automatic rifle.  When you arrive home you find your doors and windows are broken and your home was robbed and graffiti was painted on the walls telling you to get out or else! On top of that, your insurance policy was stolen. Wow!

Still think you can have REAL FREEDOM WITHOUT BOUNDARIES OR LIMITATIONS?

Just as our examples demonstrate, without boundaries and limitations people can suffer directly or indirectly because another person decided to exercise their freedom in a negative way.  As long as ONE person chooses NOT to obey the laws or rules of society, then NO ONE has real freedom.  Whenever you violate the rights of ONE person NO ONE has real freedom.  Now your saying those examples are extreme.  Are they?  Have you read the news lately?

Let’s look at it from a student and a teachers perspective.  You are in school and another student decides he/she wants to be the class clown for the day.  They pull out their cell phone, talk loud, swear at the teacher, fight with another classmate until they are hauled out by the police.  They chose to use their freedom to behave badly.  THEY STOLE YOUR EDUCATION FOR THAT DAY!  What if this happens on a regular basis in your classes?  How devalued would your education become if a student in each of your classes acted this way?  Teaching time is being taken away from a highly paid and well trained educator who could help you with that subject matter.  That particular days review may cost you a question on the final classroom exam or the state standards test. Now how do you feel?

The teacher gets paid whether the student stole your time or not.  YOU need to stand up for YOUR EDUCATIONAL RIGHTSAdvocate for your rights by telling your fellow students the following:

“PLEASE SIT DOWN, LISTEN RESPECTFULLY OR KINDLY LEAVE THE CLASSROOM.  YOU ARE STEALING MY EDUCATION BY YOUR POOR CONDUCT! YOU CAN ACT A FOOL ON YOUR OWN TIME – NOT ON MY TIME!”

Get the picture!  You may hear a few boos and laughter and you may hear a few people support you.  But the point is you took a stand for your education.  You said it respectfully and you left your fellow students with a choice while still having a little dignity as well. Will they exercise their freedom properly or will they encroach upon the rights of others?

What if the other students stood up to support you?  Its YOUR education that is being diminished, because you allowed someone in your classroom to act out and not follow the rules.  You chose to exercise your freedom to listen and learn while they decided they had no time for education that day.  But if you just SIT THERE and DO NOTHING, then you are choosing to let someone STEAL FROM YOU!

Do you feel cheated, do you feel your FREEDOM has been taken from you!

What are the long term consequences to the individual who consistently misuses their freedom to do things that are not in their best interests?
Do they have a bright future or a bleak future?

Now what happens when you continue to allow people to take away from your educational experience by acting out in your classes?  Will your educational experience be as good as it could be or will it be diminished?

SIMPLY PUT, YOU CANNOT HAVE REAL FREEDOM WITHOUT BOUNDARIES & LIMITATIONS!

Steve Brown is the CEO of UniversityofBandz and writes his blogs on the value of education and character development and repair.  He welcomes membership to his page and looks forward to getting out into the schools to speak with the student body.  If you have problems with bullying, negative behaviors, drugs or violence we have answers for you as parents, students and educators.  Join the UniversityofBandz and put education and character first!

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CHARACTER: Your #1 Transferable Skill

Character Your Number 1 Transferable Skill

What are standards

For the purposes of our discussion standards are synonymous with quality and excellence, exemplar.  When associated with character it is related to principles of conduct informed by notions of honor and decency.  There is an ideal, code of behavior or morals, ethics or standards to live by.

As you examine your progress this year and look back on ALL of your school years, ask yourself, what are YOUR standards?  Have they gone up or down? Do you demand more or less of yourself?  Ask yourself what has been your family’s standards in the areas of speech, conduct, ethics, moralities, integrity.  Would you view them as high, moderate or low?  More importantly what is the basis for your standards?
To what do you compare your standards: To other people, actors, athletes, politicians or do you pattern your standards after a spiritual being?  How high you soar is determined by whom you choose for your pattern.

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No doubt you have noticed that people who smoke hang out with other smokers. It applies to all behavior; People who swear, alcoholics, druggies, bullies, athletes, all hang out with people with similar characteristics.  There can also be overlap of multiple interests.  It even applies with low self-esteem, poor self-image, self-hatred. Misery loves company! Simply look around your schools. Who sits with whom in the school cafeteria?  Who walks down the halls together or hangs out together during breaks between classes?

So what does your choice of friends and associates say about your values?

Are they racist?  Are they prejudice?  Are they corrupt?  Are they hypocrites? Do they value life or do they think they have the right to mistreat or bully people?  Do they follow a higher calling or do they find the lowest forms of examples to imitate?  Is that how you want to be represented?  Is that the type of “standard” you want for yourself?

These questions are important for you to answer NOW!  Because the longer you associate with individuals who are not about improving themselves on a daily basis the more your life will remain the same.  You must take control of YOUR decisions and own the them.  Right or wrong; good or bad. YOU accept the consequences.

A prudent person would build their standards upon the highest platforms of morality and ethics, and integrity. Unfortunately, our society has failed in teaching and modeling this most important aspect of personal growth.  Since no one has “SEEN” a perfect example we must look for the good in others and praise it, while incorporating their best qualities into our own character.

If they can violate the most basic of human rights to torture, kill, rob, frame by decree, shame,  harass, stalk, bully ad-nauseam, then get out your PF Flyers and Red Ball Expresses and run away as fast as you can.

Are you one of THOSE people?  Do you know any of THOSE people?  If you are or know someone like that, please take out the magnifying glass the study them with a fine tooth comb.  It will not be hard to find their faults, their hypocrisy, their crimes, their history of violence and hatred, some murders, tortures, breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit murders and hate crimes, and generally just pure badness.  Now ask yourself, is that how you want people to see YOU!

When you graduate either this year or in the years to come, will you look back on your life and BLAME your association for your lack of effort in the classroom?  Will your present associations have negative repercussions on your future actions because you allowed their negative habits and ideologies to adversely impact your thinking process, thereby lowering the altitude from which you can soar?!  Learn to identify toxic people in your associates.

In the meantime, you can work on developing a personality that is built upon higher standards.  Did you know love is more powerful than hatred?  It even resonates at a higher frequency than hatred?  It takes more strength of character to remain calm than to yell and scream and a calm disposition actually has healing properties?

So the next time you look at your character, I hope you can say you are on an upward path and climbing.

Steve Brown is the CEO of UniversityofBandz and Character 1st and writes articles on character development and character repair to help our youth,  inmates and anyone who is trying to move forward, understand they can change.  They are NOT the words or definitions that society dumps upon them.  Just as we wash stains from our physical garments we can wash stains of imperfection, poor judgment and bad motives away with positive, moral, ethical ACTIONS that support our words.

People would rather SEE a sermon that HEAR a sermon, so be the example you want others to believe you can be.  If you stumble, pick yourself up, brush yourself off and walk tall and straight.  If your friends fall, help them to get up and help them get on the path to a better life as well.

Be the BEST You!

Ste Brown MS, CEO
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BE THE BEST YOU- AVOID TOXIC PEOPLE – YEAR IN REVIEW

As we close the 2016 calendar year I could not help but add one more page.  During a review of my LinkedIn page I ran across some very uplifting quotes.   As we go into the new year weekend consider the following. You may run into people who are still working through some of their own difficulties and others who simply refuse to grow up or let go off of any of their personal biases or hatreds.  (just sigh and say and prayer for them)

“When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. The MISINFORMATION will feel unfair, but STAY ABOVE IT, trusting that other people will eventually see the TRUTH just like you did.”

Give that some thought.  When people realize YOU no longer care what they think about you, they want others to dislike you or hate you or even blackball you from working or other opportunities.  They imagine their ethics, morals and integrity are of the highest order and everyone should live their life as they are living theirs………..

Wait for it………..you smell that?  There it is…… the pungent smell of hypocrisy!  Eewwwheee!

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We have all smelled that before!  Whew!  Wheres the gas mask when you need it?

Take a pledge this year NOT to be a TOXIC PERSON – Run from hypocrisy.

As a youth or young adult you are still building your character.  It may take you another 5-10 years before you actually figure out how to live your life without regrets.  But regardless of how many times you fall, DO NOT STAY DOWN.  No matter how many times they knock you down, get up more determined to succeed.  Also, recognize when you need to ask for help. Never be too proud to ask for help. The UniversityofBandz is always here for you.  We have solutions to life’s problems.  We provide recovery counseling, behavioral counseling, attitude adjustments and much more.

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Decide to live your life in a way that puts the critics to shame.  No matter how many fights you have had in school, no matter how many incompletes or FLAGS you have on your report card, you CAN CHANGE.  You CAN decide to take life more seriously and take your education seriously.

IMAGINE THIS IS YOUR LAST DAY OF SCHOOL….I want you to walk into the guidance counselors office and ask to see your transcript and your CLASS RANKING among your peers.  Are you in the bottom 25%, the middle 50% or are you in the top 1% of your class?  Believe it or not your ranking in high school will remarkably mirror how you live your live after you graduate.  If you are in the bottom 25% in class, YOUR INCOME will be in the bottom 25% of society.  YOUR FRIENDS will be in the bottom 25% of society, YOUR CLOTHES, YOUR CAR, YOUR LIVING QUARTERS, YOUR ENTIRE LIFE will reflect the bottom 25% in society.

Is that how you want to live your life?  Is that the life you want to give to your children?  Remember you become the company you keep.  If you are a racist, chances are your friends are too.  If you are an alcoholic or drug user, chances are your associates are too.

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If that is NOT the life you want, then CHANGE.  Make the commitment to go to class, do your homework, change your ATTITUDE, and BE BETTER at EVERYTHING YOU DO and please find some manners.  Speak to everyone as if it was JC himself. There is NEVER any need to verbally attack a person simply because they are different then you or speak a different language.  Respect your teachers, they are the ones who can improve your standard of living! Improve your vocabulary it will open many doors for you, delete your four letter metaphor’s, you will acquire better friends, improve your grooming and hygiene and everyone will love you more.  Improve how you dress and watch your friends imitate you.  Once you have done those things, stop to think about HOW YOU FEEL!  Guess what, YOU FEEL BETTER, DON”T YOU?

Why…because you got rid of the toxic people and toxic attitudes in your life.  You finally changed your negative script to a positive script!  Take the pledge, Be The BEST you every day!

Have a safe weekend.

Steve Brown MS, CEO
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What is the source of MORALITY?

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First view the video
https://www.prageru.com/courses/religionphilosophy/where-do-good-and-evil-come

After reviewing the video I thought to myself how can this help students develop better character?  What I concluded is that is goes back to the concept of GROWTH or what most people today called emotional maturity.  As noted in Mr. Kreefts video there were many interesting illustrations to drive home the points.

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Today we are going to look at TWO of them.
As students, when you take a position on an issue what is the basis for your decision?  It is centered on Conscience, Objective Morality, personal taste, evolution, reasoning, human nature or utilitarianism or something else?  Are you still the same person you were when you were eating  Gerbers or drinking formula out of a milk bottle? I hope not! That would be weird!

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So how can you continue that remarkable transformation from the cradle to becoming a responsible and caring adult?

Very simple: Develop a MORAL CODE OF CONDUCT! Pursue virtue, dare to show valor and you will be the the victor!

Lets focus on two of Mr. Kreefts points: REASONING and CONSCIENCE
As noted, REASONING is a powerful tool to help us discover morality but it is NOT the source of morality.

Criminals use REASONING to plan a murder, but they do not use their REASONING to tell them murder is wrong.  The same can be said for corruption at all levels.  Cheating on Bar Exams, Cheating on any exam, Lying, Stealing, Illegal experimenting with neural chips, killing people with microwaves, using V2K to harass or torture people is IMMORAL and shows the dearth of morality in our society comes at the highest levels!

Is it reasoning the causes people to put their lives in danger to save others?  No!  Whether during the Nazi Holocaust or simply saving someone from a burning vehicle or from drowning….putting oneself in danger is…. NOT REASONABLE.   Therefore… MORALITY MUST BE FROM A HIGHER SOURCE.

How about Conscience: Conscience alone cannot be the source of morality. Himmler, appealed to his soldiers consciences to commit gross atrocities against Jews, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Homosexuals during world war II.  Today we have terrorist, The Klan and Skin heads and corrupt government officials who use their own conscience’s to carry out evil based upon their own beliefs.  Whether their beliefs are based in race or religion, they are still are committing evil against society.

So, How can you say your conscience is right and others are wrong if conscience is the only source of morality? YOU CAN’T!

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The next time you yell or swear at your parents, teacher or fellow student or mistreat ANYONE for ANY REASON, what is the basis for your actions?  Was it based on any of the reasons mentioned in the above video?  How can you get angry with someone who mistreats YOU or swears at you or causes you harm if conscience is the source of morality?   YOU CAN’T!

If you want a better world YOU have to be a better person!  If you want  great schools and better communities…YOU have to be a great student, a better citizen and live a by a higher MORAL CODE! Dare to be great in ALL AREAS of life. Treat people with dignity and respect even when they are having a bad day and may not even love them themselves enough to love others.  RISE ABOVE the petty, the selfish, the egocentric mentality that dominates our society.

Regardless of where you are at in your develop today, be it in the Criminal Justice System, County Services, or simply living a debauched and immoral life, YOU CAN CHANGE!  YOU CAN BE A BETTER PERSON SIMPLY BY STOPPING YOUR WRONG BEHAVIOR!

CHOICE IS POWERFUL!  CHOOSE TO BE A BETTER PERSON AND WATCH YOUR LIFE CHANGE FOR THE GOOD!  You will have better friends, a brighter outlook on life, and you will have a REAL FUTURE!

The capacity to grow starts with the desire to grow.  You have to WANT TO BE BETTER EACH DAY!

So…what will it be?

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Ste Brown MS, CEO
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Beware of the enemy within

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As you approach your midterms and applying yourself to your studies…..(you are applying yourself to your studies…right?) then no doubt you are beginning to see the areas to you need to improve upon, as well as beginning to see the behaviors of your fellow students and even of yourself.

So what are your observations about what you see?  Did anyone grow up emotionally, psychologically, mentally, so that they seem more mature in their mannerisms or communication style?  Ever wonder why our physical changes take place faster than our emotional and psychological development during our school years?  Do you see room for improvement in any area?  I hope so!  Since none of us have a corner on the market in perfection then there is plenty of room to improve our character.

When you walked down the hallways and sat in the lunch room, did you see respectful people having a quiet conversation? How many positive traits could you see?  Did they outweigh the negative traits or vice versa?
Don’t forget to do a self-analysis on your own growth.

REMEMBER: Ego is your enemy

Consider the following definition:
Egotist – an unhealthy belief in our own importance; the notion of ourselves that distorts reality.  

As we grow physically and emotionally there is a tendency to become a little bit too self-assured of ourselves.  So how do we balance that.  By having a balanced view of ourselves we will not think too little or too much.  Isn’t that what you visualize in your mind’s eye when we see a teeter totter?  No too heavy on either end but balancing just enough to have a little motion to it?

If we have the right view of ourselves we have a sound mind.  If we have an unbalanced view of ourselves then we have an UNSOUND MIND.

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Give that some thought.  You may have peers who are so low in their self-esteem, mentally assaulting themselves with negative scripts daily that they cannot function without medications or complete school assignments or maintain the simplest of relationships. We would all say this is not healthy and it isn’t.  But we can also conclude that they have an unsound mind and it needs to be balanced.

On the other hand if we think too much of ourselves we tend to think that is more acceptable than thinking too less of ourselves. But consider, the individuals who think too much of themselves also have an unsound mind.

Look around your schools, they could be administrators, teachers, coaches, athletes and others who really think they can do no wrong and that everything they say and do is acceptable regardless of who it hurts, or regardless of who is injured in the process.

Their pushiness, or disrespectful nature may turn students off, it can poison the work environment, because they are unwilling to listen to others, only insisting on their way of thinking.

Hmmm…if my history serves me well I believe there was a little lad by the name of Adolf aka, Ol’ Scramble brains, who had over inflated opinion of his self-importance and ideologies. How did that turn out for him?!

A SOUND MIND LISTENS AND LEARNS
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A sound mind listens and learns.  A sound mind understands the importance of continued growth and maturity.  A sound mind does not harm others! A sound mind does not retaliate if threatened or disrespected!  A sound mind is caring, kind, loving, patient, mild in temper, peaceable, and looks for the good even in the most trying situations.

It does not mean that they do not feel the pain of the insults or that they do not understand the gravity of a situation.  But they have reasoned that any negative emotions are not going to change the situation or make it any better.  A sound mind is yielding, but it is not weak.

We have a tendency to become unbalanced and our culture lends itself to being unbalanced.  Simply look at our social media sites.  How many of those followers have you actually met, sat down and discussed viewpoints in religion, politics and taxes?  Humility will help us to see that others are really not as interested in our accomplishment as we are?

It has been said that self-worth is realizing you have value.
Self-importance is when you want others to know you have value!

My friend Paul once said, Knowledge puffs up but love builds up.
It is not enough to be a student at the beginning.  We must be learners for life.  It is impossible to learn what one thinks he already knows. 
The second we tell ourselves we have graduated or “we have arrived” then learning grinds to a halt.  That applies in our emotional and psychological development as much as it does for any other subject matter.

A good mind is a fine asset but it can become a weakness if over confidence causes us to develop an over inflated opinion of ourselves.
If you become proficient in a subject matter or a sport you may find that people compliment or praise you excessively!  And when that happens try to remember this:  “A smart man only believes half of what people say about him.  A wise man knows which half to believe!”

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A wise man treasures up knowledge, he knows how to access it when it is most needed.  But a wise man does not just let the knowledge go to his head, he also lets it go to his heart.  Applied wisdom NEVER causes harm to self or others.

Learn how you can serve others in a meaningful way.  Volunteer your time, energy and or resources to programs that can make a difference in the lives of others.  Service requires that we empty ourselves in behalf of others.  We cannot empty ourselves if we are FULL OF OURSELVES!

Your volunteer service should not be done so you can LOOK GOOD, but be heartfelt in providing support so that others can be good!  Strive to be selfless not selfish!

“Having Authority  is not necessarily the same as being an authority”
“Having the Right is  not necessarily the same as being right”
“Impressing people is different than being truly impressive”

Make it your goal to be the BEST you possible.

Steve Brown is the CEO of the UniversityfoBandz.com and he writes blogs on the importance of developing, maintaining and repairing character.  He recognizes, Good People can do some very stupid things in life, but they learn from those mistakes and grow from those mistakes.  He also understands, Bad People can do good things on occasion, but their primary motive is with evil intent. They literally practice their badness daily.  Want proof?  Simply look at your associates.

Steve Brown MS, CEO
UniversityofBandz, LLC
www.universityofbandz.com
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HIGH SCHOOLS RANKINGS – what do they say about YOUR school?

High School Rankings – what do they really say about YOUR school?

As you return to your schools this fall give some thought to High School Rankings.  Ask yourself, where does your school rank in your state or even nationally and WHY is it ranked in that position?

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What makes the students in one school differ from the students in another school?  At what point do the differences become excuses for lack of effort and poor character and immaturity?  At what point does THEIR goal to PURSUE GREATNESS motivate their attitude to be the best?

In sports players look at their teammates and their competition to determine, what are their strengths and weaknesses while the coaches drill the players to correct those weaknesses and fortify each players strengths.

So as students ( or players on a team) you have teachers (or coaches for the team) who are trying to get each of you ready to play the game at your highest level.  The game is to earn a living and support yourself as MATURE adults.

As teammates your job is to help your fellow team members get up to speed so that the team (your school) can be successful and have a winning season.

Regardless of what analogy you use sports, music, food or apparel the objective is to the take inventory of what you have, identify your skilled people and teach everyone how to do their very best at each performance.

As we approach the first week of school take pride in your contributions to YOUR schools success.  If your school has a reputation for excellence then by all means continue to build upon that!

But what if your schools reputation is one of discontent, teachers leaving, students not caring,  a reputation for fighting, discordance, poor tests outcomes or lack of school pride?

Dont fear failure

What can you do to change the culture of your school?  Again, what do teams do that went 0-16 for the season?  Did they just give up and decide they did not want to get better?  Of Course NOT!  They took inventory from the previous season and decided that they wanted to be better.  They had enough PERSONAL PRIDE to make the effort!

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The rookies are now second year players and each player has matured and grown and studied their play book so they can execute the game plan flawlessly.  This year each of you have gotten one year older and moved to the next grade level.  Did your emotional and social maturity grow as well?  Or are you still acting like you are in kindergarten and learning how to follow rules, listen in class, share with your classmates, and treat others with respect?

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How well you do and how well your school does really comes down to each person taking pride in their own outcomes.  The only thing you control in the process, are the decisions you make. If each individual recognizes their character is more important than their academic prowess they will contribute to overall success and ranking of their school.  A by-product of good character is a good environment where teachers and students can flourish and grow together.  Imagine waking up everyday and saying, “I can’t wait to get to school today.”

It is your choice!  Pursue Virtue, Pursue Valor, You will be the Victor!

Now apply that to YOURSELF!  How can you mature to help your team (your school) get better?

What does your attitude say about your character?   You have the right and the ability to change, improve, grow, mature, and become the best you regardless of what others may say.

Take the Character First Challenge through the UniversityofBandz.

Get on the BANDZ wagon!  CHOOSE TO BE THE BEST YOU!

Steve Brown MS, CEO
UniversityofBandz.com
ste@universityofbandz.com

WOW SEPTEMBER IS ALMOST OVER!

 

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As your first month of school is underway, you are no doubt thinking about the new classes, your new classmates, your teachers, and for those moving into a new building you are also thinking about your new environment.  As youth your mind is spinning at a whirlwind pace trying to take it all in while at the same time maintain your cool.

Many of our students do not want their peers to see them sweat so they cover over their anxieties with jokes, laughter, teasing, and sometimes insults and bullying.

So before you go down that slippery slope of negativity, you will want to check yourself and take inventory of your emotions and your thoughts.
Ask yourself are you following the HIGHEST principles possible?  Are you working to BE THE BEST you possible?  Are you taking the higher ground and GROWING emotionally and psychologically so that you can function at your optimal level?

Without that mindset you will be just ‘another wannabe, could-a, should- a kinda person’ whom teachers and administrators will later say” “They had so much potential to be more”.    Don’t let that be said about you!  Don’t leave your educational game on the bench. Bring your “A” game everyday so that when the big tests come along in life you can pass them.

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With that said, lets consider some of the areas that you will eventually be confronted with as you progress through school. Politics, Religion, Gender Equality, Sexuality, Grooming, Dress, Music, Friends, Physical appearance are some of the many topics you will eventually discuss in the cafeteria, playground, gym, on the bus and even walking to and from school.  Even though all people have to deal with each subject matter (including teachers, administrators and even your parents, grandparents, siblings), you will be surprised to learn how many different answers can be provided for each of them.  But for every different answer there are also different outcomes. So the choices you make today will make a HUGE impact on your potential outcomes tomorrow!

The point being, is that YOU need to be YOU!  Do not let someone else tell you WHAT TO BELIEVE, WHO TO VOTE FOR, WHAT FAITH YOU SHOULD HAVE, WHAT FRIENDS YOU SHOULD HAVE, etc.  But as noted above, there is only ONE answer that can MAXIMIZE you potential.  If all choices or just ANY choice led to the same outcomes then why do we have so much corruption, dishonesty, hypocrisy, crime, violence, etc.
There is only ONE answer that can help you be the BEST YOU possible!

If you are really paying attention to our blog you will have more than an inkling of what direction you should go.  One of my friends once said that opinions are like tennis shoes.  Everyone has them and they all STINK!

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Opinions usually are odorous when we do not agree with them.  But having been raised in a rural area as a teen I actually came to love the smell of a dead skunk.  It took some getting used to but I can truthfully It is not as offensive as the first time I smelled it. There is something refreshing about the pungent order of dead skunk that clears the nostrils and open the lungs.  The point is that we are going to here opinions that initially we may find ODOROUS, but after we have had some time to think about them and as we gain more knowledge and understanding, discernment and thinking ability, then we begin to see the WISDOM in those words, that initially we did not agree with.  Allow yourself that opportunity to understand the words you hear, before you draw your final conclusions.

So as you walk the hallways of school and eventually the hallways of life, test the quality of the words. Listen to the emotion and conviction attached to them, then determine if they have merit.  But be forewarned!

Remember, that even a racist has conviction for their beliefs, and even Hitler had conviction for his actions.  But that does not justify them nor make them legal nor make them acceptable.  So be careful about the conclusions you draw on the words you hear.  You may just need more knowledge, understanding, discernment and thinking ability before you can properly come to the right conclusions.

Choose your friends wisely.  You WILL become the company you keep!
If you hang around people who have a limited vocabulary and use colorful metaphors to express themselves, there is a 99.9% chance you will do the same.  If they deal with their anxieties by smoking and drinking, there is a very high probability you will do the same.

However, the same can be said if you hang around people who have proper manners, and principles, people who understand investment portfolios, real-estate, entrepreneurial-ism, people, who have self-respect and a positive self image and positive self esteem, people who follow a higher standard, people who have their values grounded on higher principles.  Their good qualities WILL BECOME YOUR good qualities!

When you choose the latter, you have a greater chance of accomplishing your goals without disappointments and regrets in your life.  So ask yourself, which would you rather have?

If you believe you have to experience disappointment in order to know how it feels then you may also be a person who thinks the glass is half empty.  You may be the negative-nellie of the group, always putting others down, always complaining and finding fault with everyone and everything. That is not an image a healthy mind would want to paint of themselves.

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Don’t be this guy!                Act like this!

However, if you think you can learn many of life’s lessons by watching and learning through others failures and successes then you may be a person who thinks the class is half full.  That is a very positive individual who is always looking for the silver lining, looking for the good, and pursuing the higher virtues.  BE THAT PERSON!

You will thank me later!

Steve Brown MS, CEO
Universityofbandz.com
ste@universityofbandz.omc

BACK TO SCHOOL

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Here we go amigos!  It is about the time of year again.  The county fairs and state fairs are revved up and people are getting in their last minute vacations.  But thru all of that your thoughts should be focused on your first day back at school. You want to hit the ground running.  Just as the NFL players train throughout the year so that they can be in shape for TRAINING CAMP BEFORE their regular season, students need to maintain a certain level of discipline by reading, studying and practicing so that they do not fall back in their studies when school starts.

Pick up a dictionary and IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY! Remove the four letter metaphors from your vocabulary altogether! Bone up on some of those math equations.  Go over those Chemistry tables, brush up on whatever classes you took last year that are supposed to prepare you for the new classes you take this fall.  Pull out some of the books that will be used in the Fall and familiarize yourself with the contents so the subject matter will not be foreign to you.

If you have an older sibling, ask them about the classes and teachers and what to expect in those settings.  Look over their books, but do not copy their answers.  The teacher may change up the test this year.
Never assume, it will always bet the same as last year.  Expect new challenges.

Make a commitment NOT to be the class clown!  Be determined NOT to bully anyone including teachers and when you see fellow students behaving poorly, stand up, be the peer counselor and let them know that is NOT acceptable and that YOU expect more from them as your fellow classmate.  Hold each other accountable!

Take the Character Challenge and be determined to Be the BEST you possible!.  If you have always been running the race with good character, remember to stay the course. Just because you did well last year does not mean you will not meet new challenges this year.  Life has a way of coming at you in waves.  Some waves are manageable but others are tsunami like waves that will knock you off your feet.

Pursue Virtue, Pursue Valor and you will be the Victor.

Ste Brown MS, CEO
Universityofbandz.com/wp
ste@universityofbandz.com

Beat a Bully Without Using Your Fist!

BULLYING IN OF ANY KIND IS WRONG!
BULLYING OF ANY TYPE IS WRONG!

With school getting started soon, there may be some fear on the part of our youth to return to their buildings, stand on the bus stop or walk to school.  They may have experienced some bullying over the years and still have not yet developed skills to deal with this.

Porthos suggested a video that might help.  It is called: Beat A Bully Without Using Your Fist!  He found it very educational!

https://www.jw.org/en/publications/videos/#mediaitems/ChildrenWhiteboard/docid-502013189_E_1_VIDEO

I hope you enjoyed it as much as Porthos!   Our youth also need to know that even as adults we get bullied by corrupt authorities, dishonest people, bad politicians, and so many other ways.

As parents you can share a story with your children to help them understand that bullying is never acceptable at any level and that you will support their efforts to effectively Beat A Bully Without Using Your Fist!

Take the pledge, Be the BEST You!

Ste Brown MS, CEO
Universityofbandz.com
ste@universityofbandz.com

Metamorphosis

A caterpillar can become a butterfly but a butterfly cannot become a caterpillar.  For YOU to be the BEST you, YOU must change your inner-self to the very core.

Full Definition of metamorphosis
plural metamorphoses

  1. 1 a : change of physical form, structure, or substance especially by supernatural means b :  a striking alteration in appearance, character, or circumstances

As you go through your school years you will notice a physical change occurring as you grow in height, weight, and width.  You will see your hands and feet get larger and some very large sneakers will be squeaking across the floors soon.

But, more importantly than the physical growth, is your mental awareness. The world becomes smaller in scale as you understand concepts and comparisons. Your vocabulary will grow and you will learn basic facts about your environment and the world you live in.

Unfortunately, one area that tends to be neglected is the inner person, the core values of who and what you are.  Since there is no gene code for racism, hatred, prejudice or discrimination, nor a gene code that says you are going to be a bad person or good person, then you must understand that all of the decisions that you have made and will make are a matter of CHOICE.  It is imperative you understand the choices you make will determine your character!

Understand that Character is a fluid thingIt can and will change.  Simply look at our prison systems and see all of the individuals who have changed their character to become contributing members of our communities.  Or people who decided to pursue a higher calling and made the changes needed to be acceptable to their particular beliefs.  Now compare that with your immediate environment and see the hypocrisy and lack of character in our policeman, politicians, commissioners, bankers, priests, gang-stalkers, etc.  They give the appearance of being ethical and moral when in fact they are just the opposite.

Since no one today is perfect…..(i.e. walking on water and feeding the masses with a few loaves of bread and a few fish)…..then it is safe to say we all have room for growth.

Ever wonder what is perfect love or perfect joy or peace ? How about perfect kindness, goodness, patience, mildness, self-control? Do you think it would be a great adventure to pursue those illusive qualities?  To never say an unkind word, or never do anything that would harm another individual, never steal something that is not rightfully yours, be it of a physical or non-physical nature (mind control through microwaves); This is the real adventure!  Traveling into space and diving to the bottom of the ocean have been done.  But NO ONE has been able to bridle their tongue. No one has gone through a day without making one mistake in WORD, THOUGHT OR DEED!

Think about that!  NO ONE!

Now what will your goal be today?  A the above virtues quality worth pursuing?  Or will you simply give in and quit because you think it is too hard? Not practical! Yawn!  Boring!  Whatever! Try to live this way for 24 hours and see how close you come to the goal.  Then try 48 hours, 72 hours, and so forth.

You will soon see, just how difficult this really is, but you will understand why it is important enough to make the effort because you will actually like what YOU see and hear! Then watch your friends and family look at you in amazement for your emotional maturity and positive character.
I think SPOK would agree this is the real final frontier!  Live Long and Prosper!

Ste Brown MS, CEO
Universityofbandz.com
ste@universityofbandz.com

How Do I Build and Maintain ‘Good Character’

How do I Build and Maintain ‘Good  Character’

Since no one can look you in the eye and say they have “perfect” character not even Mary Poppins because she is only (PRACTICALLY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY as in almost, reasonably, but NOT PERFECT!), then a question our students need to consider is how do I build and maintain good character?  Below are some areas I have seen applied that REALLY WORK!

  • Make it your goal to be the Best You each day:
    Without the desire to want to be the Best you each day then it does not matter how many goals you set because you will never be committed to them.
  • Choose your friends wisely:
    You become the company you keep. Simply ask all of the people who have been in juvenile probation, prison or any other rehabilitation program, the smokers, and alcoholics, druggies, etc.  All of them would tell you if they could make changes in their life they would not smoke, use drugs, hang out with bad associates, etc.
  • Live by higher principles:
    Where do you values originate? Many of us may want to say our parents, grandparents, or other significant person.  But even then we are only talking about specific qualities.  Even our best example will always be lacking.  Therefore, look higher.  Morality is not a concept or product of human will but a higher source.
  • Fortify your strengths and correct your weaknesses:
    By fortifying your strengths they can carry you over until you recover from whatever bad situation you may find yourself in. Take an honest assessment of your weaknesses and seriously commit yourself to correcting them.   A supervisor once said,  ‘if all you have is a hammer, then, everything else is a nail.’  What he was referencing were parents who lacked parenting skills. The only thing you can do with a hammer is hit a nail or pull a nail.  The point he wanted to make was people, ALL people need more skills.  Never stop learning.
  • When you stumble, or fall, or fail in a given area:
    Take an assessment of the situation, seek counsel from mature people and do everything in your power to rectify the situation. You will love yourself for it and you will always be able to have a good-nights-sleep because your conscience is clean.
  • Seek a Mentor:
    Find someone you respect and admire, ask them if they would mind spending some time mentoring you as you go through school, get your first job, get a promotion, or whatever challenges you may be facing.
  • Never Give Up:
    It takes a special internal drive to never give up on yourself. You are your own best critique, marketer, cheer leader, fan club.  Just know when to reign it in so you don’t become obnoxious to your family and friends!.  If you don’t believe in yourself you will have a difficult time accomplishing any of the above.  This does not mean arrogance or haughtiness.  But it is a self -assurance and reliance on your abilities and in your beliefs with proper humility that you are doing the best you can with the situation you may be in.  REMEMBER there is always an end to EVERY BAD SITUATION!  It may not be the way you expected or even wanted.  But I can promise you it will end.

Take a few minutes each day and get yourself a day planner.  Set your goals and get busy accomplishing them.

See you down the road!
Did you see the picture of the face, what does it say?

Ste Brown MS, CEO
Universityofbandz LLC
ste@universityofbandz.com

RESOURCES FOR ONLINE LESSONS

Online Lessons for reducing school violence

From time to time I may run into a site that can help with our Universityofbandz Character First Initiative.  Below is one such resource that you may find helpful.

The Challenge of School Violence.  Each year, 3 million young people in the United States fall victim to crimes at school. Almost 2 million of these incidents involve violence. This lesson examines school violence and policy proposals related to it.

The Causes of School Violence.  School violence is a many-faceted problem, making it difficult for researchers and practitioners to pinpoint its causes. This article explores the scope, scale, and causes of school violence.

Creating Alternatives to Violence  Although conflict is part of everyday life, it does not have to lead to violence. In this reading, students examine the nature of violence and discuss methods for addressing the problem.

Service Learning–A School-Violence Prevention Strategy. Describes how schools can integrate service-learning principles and procedures to address school violence as part of the educational agenda.

Should Hate be Outlawed? “Hate crimes,” crimes motivated by race, color, creed, religion, or gender are on the rise around the world. In the United States, over half such crimes are committed by people under the age of 21. This lesson explores legal issues arising from the prosecution of hate crimes and the protection of free speech.

Implementing a Civic Action Project In times of crisis, it is important to provide students with opportunities to get involved and help address the needs of their school or community. This short guide provides teachers with a nine-step process that empowers students to plan and implement a civic-action project.

Our objective is to encourage our members to use any resource that will help reduce violence and bullying in their schools.  Our Character First Initiative is one such initiative that we believe can have a profound impact on teaching our students why developing and maintaining good character is vital to their future success.

Ste Brown MS, CEO
UniversityofBandz.com
ste@universityofbandz.com

Resources on School Violence from FBI website

Campus Security, Gun Violence at School, Crime Doctor

As we can see from the above list there are many services and programs that are out there.  But no ONE service or ONE solution will always work 100% of the time.  As a result we believe our Character First Initiative takes a look at school violence and school bullying from the core.
It all comes back to what is in the heart of each of our young people.

Just as Janet Ellison says there is no gene for prejudice, or bigotry or racism.  I would add there is no gene that says people are destined to fail.
Each person is a free moral agent given the right to choose.  Once we can instill that knowledge into our students and help them fully understand each choice has positive or negative consequences then we can began to put a reduction in school violence.

Remember to speak with each of your children about the importance of developing and maintaining GOOD Character and encourage each of them to Be the BEST You.

Ste Brown MS, CEO
Universityofbandz LLC
Ste@universityofbandz.com
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The Garden of YOUR Mind – II

The Garden of Your Mind – II
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Now that you have began to examine the Garden of YOUR mind, What did you find?  Chickweed, Dead Nettle, Hairy Bittercress, Henbit? (It you are having a tough time with the analogy, then you need to hit the books. Take heart, it is part of your growth process)

But if your mind is anything like this picture, you need help!

Weeds in garden

Remember when the Monongahela River was so polluted that it was on fire? (still think history is boring?!)  Do you know how they cleaned it up?  They stopped dumping crud, chemicals, and raw sewage and factory runoff into the river.  Guess what happened?

Now look at it.
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Nature has the power to correct itself when humans give it the right support.  Oh, and you can clean up your mind, your motives, your language and change your character with the right support as well.

You have your assignment.  Now, will you do YOUR homework on your personality so you can improve, build and polish your character?

Steve Brown MS, CEO
UniversityofBandz LLC