Sowing Seeds Of Success

 

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A garden is a wonderful thing. It’s a labor of love from seed time to harvest but the end results are worth it! There’s nothing quite like sitting down in summer for a meal with a truly crisp, straight out of the ground fresh salad.

The wonderful aroma of sautéed veggies fills the air during barbeques and people are wiping the juice of a watermelon you grew off their smiling faces. It’s a satisfying thing to know that others are eating well because of the labor of you invested!

The decision to grow your own food poses many questions such as:
How do I plant a vegetable garden? Where should I plant it? When is the best time to plant? How much sun does my garden need? Which vegetables grow well together? And of course…where did all these bugs and pests come from? I never had single one of these around my house until I started sowing seed!

I’d like you to join me on my journey of growing my garden this summer because along the way I’ll share some gardening tips along with valuable lessons about success. Our lives are much like a garden and as you follow this series you’ll see what I mean. Principles for succeeding in life are all around us and I’m going to help you find those hidden gems. I’ll give you an example…Look closely at the paragraph above this one and see if you can find 6 principles a garden can teach you about success.

Did you see them? Look closely! I’ll give you the first one..

How do I plant a vegetable garden? The principle –
A plan. Knowledge helps you grow…or as I like to phrase it know-how gives you grow-how…oh wow…I better stop now!

Doing some research, reading, and reviewing some video on gardens will help you get greater results for the effort you put in. Learn those basics and then apply them…just like in life…

 

Knowledge Is The Foundation To The Life You Want To Build.

 

It will give you confidence. Let me explain.
I was never confident speaking about a subject that I didn’t know a lot about, BUT…get a topic that I did know a lot about and it was on! I spoke with confidence because of that knowledge.

In fact, the more I learned…the more I discovered about myself. My view of life began to change. I discovered something a lot of people live without – purpose.

I realized that knowledge is powerful and will raise you up to places that you’ll only dream of reaching if you don’t apply yourself.

Is the same true with you?

Plan Your Work…and Work Your Plan

As I thought about what I wanted to grow in my garden I decided that I needed to draw it out on paper. I wanted to have an idea what the end result will look like (and help me remember what I planted where)!

Setting goals and then breaking them down into smaller steps on paper always helps me stay focused and moving forward.

How about you?

If you want to be better at basketball you don’t sit around hoping it will happen do you? No, you study plays. You watch film. You train, and train, and train till every muscle in your body hurts…and then you train some more!

You don’t become an amazing pianist by sitting down at one do you? No, that’s only the first step. You have to learn how to read music. Listen to different techniques, get yourself a teacher if you can, and then practice, practice, practice until your fingers feel like they tied together…and then do it again!

The end result will be amazing!

Right now, you have the ability to achieve anything you desire to. You’re not just a game changer…NO!
You’re a world changer!

Research! Read! Learn all you can! Your future is the sum of the decisions that you make…choose to invest in your education! Knowledge Is Power!

 

I have much to share in the days and weeks ahead so stay on the lookout for the next post. I want you to succeed but I must ask you…Are you Brave Enough To Grow?!

Sowing seeds for your success,

Wayne Winsley

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17 Yr Old Homeschooler Wins Top Youth Prize in Nationwide Short Story Contest

 

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Isabel Adams is a 17 year old young lady from Weare, NH. who’s always had a passion for writing, photography, and singing gospel music.
She has proven over and over that dreams are realized through determination and work.
She also has a desire for nursing. She’s a homeschool student in her senior year.
But lets talk about her writing. Creating and developing a character that the reader can both relate to and care about is a challenge.  Taking the reader on a journey with that character, a journey that is filled with harrowing adventure, a struggle against seemingly insurmountable challenges, a dramatic and satisfying climax, and valuable life lessons for one and all is even more challenging. Doing all that in less than 6,000 words is , well…its really really hard.
Isabel Adams did all that in her short story, Spirit of The Warrior.
That’s why she won the $500 top prize in the 17 years and under category of the Brave Enough To Write, short story contest which benefits Brave Enough To Fail Inc. a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools. learn more about Brave Enough to Fail here  and Subscribe to our newsletter to get early word on the next contest!

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Poor, Black, & Unreachable At 14

By Wayne Winsley

Founder & Executive Director of Brave Enough To Fail Inc.

At age 14, I was living in an orphanage in Cleveland Ohio, had failed eighth grade the previous year, and basically given up on school. I was a poor black kid who, the experts would say,  had given up on my future and was too set in my ways to be motivated to change. I was destined for one of two places, behind bars or dead.

One day, a friend of mine’s dad was disappointed with his report card and began to lecture him. Without intending to, without even realizing that I was in the room, his dad said the words that changed my life forever.

Always strive for excellence no matter what you do. Excellence will overcome, poverty, prejudice, and adversity every time. Just be excellent at whatever you choose to do.”

That simple message motivated me to make the choice that saved my life.

I chose to go back to school and do the absolute best I could. Because of that choice, I didn’t wind up behind bars or dead. Instead I went on to serve my country honorably in the United States Navy which honed my discipline, self-confidence, and work ethic. Those tools gave me the courage to pursue my dream of being a standup comic which in turn led to a two decade career as a radio broadcaster.  The communication skills I developed over that time prepared me to become what I am today, a teacher, and a multi award-winning motivational speaker 

I know first hand that even without intention, a word can change a child’s life.

That is why I’ve dedicated the rest of my life to delivering a message of inspiration and motivation to as many young people as possible through my organization.

Brave Enough to Fail Inc. is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that provides motivational programs and scholarships to high schools.

The mission is to raise student achievement by inspiring kids with the courage to achieve their dreams and to help students see their education as a way to get what they want from life. To narrow the education achievement gap by focusing on the student end of the equation with a message of courage, hard work, self-discipline, and determination.

High schools nationwide are requesting this message for their students.

This  summer we have received unsolicited requests for the Brave Enough To Fail program, for the 2017-2018 school year, from schools in over ten states. (See the list below)

Rather than saying, “No we can’t help you.” We are taking a leap of faith and committing to raising the funds needed to deliver the message to the thousands of students at these schools that,  Their Dreams Are Important And Achievable!

There are other young people out there who just like I was, are one positive message away from overcoming the poverty, prejudice, and adversity that is standing between them and achieving a better life for themselves.

That is why I am asking the questions,

Is there at least one corporation in this great nation that would like their brand to be known for motivating and inspiring youth across America?

If you are that corporation, please contact us at info@BraveEnoughToFail.org

Are there fellow citizens willing to sow seeds of success into the youth of our communities? 

If you are that citizen, please make a donation here. 

Partial list of schools that have reached out and requested Brave Enough To Fail

Crest High School, Shelby NC.

Cathedral High School, New York NY.

Urban Assembly of Media Studies, New York NY.  

 Whitestone High School, Delta Junction Alaska

Sultan Sr High, Sultan Washington

Cicely Tyson High, East Orange New Jersey

St. Timothy’s School, Raleigh NC

Briar Woods High School, Ashburn VA.

Ferndale High, Johnstown PA.

Scottsburg High, Scottsburg IN.

Little Rock Arkansas School District

Martin County School District, Stuart Florida

Integrated Arts Academy, Chaska MN.

Frederick Banting School, Ottawa Ontario

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Wayne Winsley

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wayne@BraveEnoughToFail.org

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Another year, another big achievement gap in our state.

The Connecticut Mirror reports that for Connecticut – where one of every 10 public school students speaks Spanish as his or her primary language – academic achievement gaps between Hispanic students and their white classmates are among the largest in the nation.

26 percent of Hispanic students and 57 percent of white students were at or above proficiency in 4th-grade reading. That’s a 31-point gap. (Link to source article is below)

While the report is focused on the struggle of English learners, it serves as yet another reminder of the adversities and hurdles facing so many of our children in the schools systems today.

It also underscores the vital need for our students to use every tool available to help them achieve in an environment of scant resources and shrinking budgets.

One very important tool is the motivation and persistence needed to overcome adversity and achieve even in an environment and circumstance that is far from perfect.

And let’s be honest, for many students, helping themselves is all the help they are going to get for the foreseeable future.

Increased student motivation, and engagement are required ingredients for any recipe for success in narrowing the student achievement gaps.

There is one organization whose main goal is helping students to help themselves.

Brave Enough to Fail Inc. is a Connecticut based nonprofit formed in late 2015, that provides motivational programs and scholarships to high schools with a special focus on those schools that are most in-need.

The mission is to raise student achievement by inspiring kids with the courage to achieve their dreams and to help students see their education as a way to get what they want from life.

About the author

Wayne Winsley is founder and Executive Director of Brave Enough to Fail Inc. which provides motivational programs and scholarships to schools. The mission is raising student achievement by inspiring kids to achieve their dreams. www.BraveEnoughToFail.org

Source article for this post is here 

 

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John House, a BETF Person of Courage

 

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John House grew up with 6 brothers and sisters in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas. His family was typical of most families at the time living month-to-month to make ends meet. They alternated between months where all the bills could be paid and months where they needed help from food stamps.

As a kid, John stood out as a straight A student in school. His parents stressed that education was the key to getting out of poverty. John was also a good athlete playing baseball, basketball and soccer. He always dreamed of going to college on a sports scholarship.

However things change around the time he turned 13. John moved in with his older brother a few miles away because his parents house was full. His sisters had become teenage moms and were now living at home with their new families.

A short while later his parents got divorced and John moved back in with his father to take care of his younger brother while their dad went to work. Their neighborhood was a tough one with regular gang violence and shootings. On multiple occasions as a teenager John had been shot at and personally witnessed friends and strangers getting shot.

Once in high school things got progressively worse. John faced pressure from various gangs and individuals to sell drugs, steal cars for cash and commit violent crimes. He had stopped going to school and gave up on any hope of going to college. It was at this point when he witnessed a fatal shooting from 2 feet away that John knew he had to do something different.

Fortunately John’s dad decided he couldn’t afford to keep the house they grew up in anymore and moved to a cheaper suburb of Dallas. John quickly got a job at an office supply store. About 6 months later John’s dad decided to kick him out of their apartment. So at 17, John was now out on his own and working full time.

This adversity actually gave him more encouragement to succeed. He vowed to himself to show his family and the world that he could get the college degree he dreamed of as a kid. So John took his high school equivalency test and then enrolled in the local community college. He worked full-time during the day and went to classes from 5-10 p.m. every night.

After 2 years John had enough credits and a high enough GPA to transfer to the University of Texas at Austin to study civil engineering. From there he went on to join the Air Force and served 8 years in the public affairs and marketing career fields. After leaving the Air Force, John used his GI Bill benefits to get a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Maryland University College and a Masters in Business Administration from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin.

John continued his career outside of the military working as a manager and director at various companies and government agencies. In 2013 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and required major surgery to remove the tumor. The recovery process was going to take 6-12 months. During this time he was let go by his employer. So at this point John had a wife and 3 children to support and no job. He also didn’t know if his cancer had already spread to other internal organs or exactly what his future held if he had to receive more treatment.

So John’s family sold their house and everything they owned and moved to England, where his wife was originally from. Less than a year later another tumor was found in his lymph nodes, but luckily it was away from any vital organs and easily removed with surgery.

John continued his recovery in England and almost by necessity started his own business because of the need to have job flexibility. This ended up being a blessing in disguise. John discovered that he could actually make money at doing the things he really enjoyed and was naturally good at.

He started his marketing agency with one client and built up new clients 1-at-a-time through referrals. He quickly leveraged his initial business relationships to take on more work and expanded from marketing consulting to market research and social media marketing. His company now does work for small and medium sized businesses, as well as performing marketing campaigns for bigger brands like KFC and Starbucks.

Today, John House is the Owner and Managing Director of Pintrical, a marketing agency based in England. On his way to becoming an entrepreneur, John has overcome poverty, surviving gang related violence, being a high-school dropout and most recently pancreatic cancer.

 

Want so tips on how to get started on following your dream?

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Give A Child A Brighter Future This Christmas

 

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This Christmas season, you can give a gift that will keep on giving for years to come.

Your donation can help spark a student with the courage and motivation to invest him or her self in their own education. That investment will make a positive impact on the student’s life, their community, and our society.

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“I will take school much more seriously so I can pursue my dreams.”
Jewel, Harding High School Bridgeport CT.
The Brave Enough To Fail Program has made a profound impact on the lives of students at several High Schools throughout Connecticut and New Jersey and as far away as St. Mary’s West Virginia.

Here locally, Students from A.I. Tech in Hartford, Hillhouse in New Haven, Harding in Bridgeport, and Piscataway High in New Jersey have been inspired to reach for their dreams, and motivated to invest themselves in their own education, as a way to get what THEY want out of life.

Brave Enough to Fail Inc. is a 501 (C) 3 Non-Profit, student motivational program that, with your support, empowers young people to realize their dreams and full potential through educational achievement, courage, and hard work.

Schools targeted to receive the program in 2016 include Westhill High in Stamford, Bethel High School, and Newington High School.

Your generous donation will:

  • Inspire and motivate students to do well in school
  • Expose students to various college and career options
  • Encourage students towards healthy and positive lives
  • Help students to create viable life plans and make good decisions
  • Fund college and tech school scholarships for students at participating high schools

Please consider making your first gift to Brave Enough To Fail this holiday season.

It will make the difference in helping us touch the lives of thousands of young people in 2016.
Thanks to your gift and others like it, Brave Enough To Fail is well on the way to becoming the #1 student motivational program in America.

Or mail your check to:
Brave Enough To Fail Inc.
32 Aspetuck Village New Milford CT 06776

 

Thank you so very much for your generosity and support 

Wayne Winsley
Founder & President,
Brave Enough To Fail Inc.

 

Help inspire students in 2016

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The Brave Enough To Fail Program has made a profound impact on the lives of students at several High Schools throughout Connecticut and New Jersey and as far away as St. Mary’s West Virginia.
Here locally, Students from A.I. Tech in Hartford, Hillhouse in New Haven, Harding in Bridgeport, and Piscataway High in New Jersey have been inspired to reach for their dreams, and motivated to invest themselves in their own education, as a way to get what THEY want out of life.

Brave Enough to Fail Inc. is a 501 (C) 3 Non-Profit, student motivational program that, with your support, empowers young people to realize their dreams and full potential through educational achievement, courage, and hard work.

Schools targeted to receive the program in 2016 include Westhill High in Stamford, Bethel High School, and Newington High School.

Your generous donation will:
  • Inspire and motivate students to do well in school
  • Expose students to various college and career options
  • Encourage students towards healthy and positive lives
  • Help students to create viable life plans and make good decisions
  • Fund college and tech school scholarships for students at participating high schools

Please consider making your first gift to Brave Enough To Fail this holiday season.

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Or mail your check to:
Brave Enough To Fail Inc.
32 Aspetuck Village New Milford CT 06776

 

It will make the difference in helping us touch the lives of hundreds of young people in 2016.

 

Thank you so very much for your generosity and support

Wayne Winsley
Founder & President,
Brave Enough To Fail Inc.

 

 

 

The United States Internal Revenue Service determined that Brave Enough to Fail INC. is a public charity and is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Internal Revenue Service has also determined that contributions to Brave Enough to Fail INC. are tax deductible to donors under IRC Section 170.

 

Dunkin Donuts Joins 5K Push-Ups in 30 Days to #InspireKids to Achieve Greatness

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A great big THANK YOU!! to the 14 Dunkin Donuts in the greater Danbury Ct and Brewster NY areas that are supporting and hosting 5K Push-Ups in 30 Days to #InspireKids.

America runs on Dunkin. Our future runs on our Children. Our Children run on Inspiration.

That is why our local Dunkin Donuts  are supporting Brave Enough To Fail in our effort to inspire and motivate our youth with the courage and preparation to follow and achieve their dreams.

Brave Enough to Fail Inc. is a 501 (C) 3 Non-Profit, student motivational program that ,with your support, empowers young people to realize their dreams and full potential through educational achievement, courage, and hard work.The program provides a launch-pad towards success with motivational presentations, exposure to educational and career opportunities, and academic scholarships. The goal is to cultivate a generation of competent, self-assured, young people who have the tools to succeed.

By donating to Brave Enough to Fail, You strengthen our communities, you strengthen our state, and you strengthen our nation, by empowering our youth.

Please help #InspireKids today by making a donation. Thank you so much.

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2,700 push-ups done and only 2,300 to go!

1,600 Toward 5K Push-Ups in 30 Days @ Stop & Shop & Dunkin Donuts LOL!

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For this set of 100, I did push-ups in the local Stop &  Shop, two different Dunkin Donuts locations and next to my Cleveland Browns PillowPet.

Brave Enough To Fail is on a MISSION  to MOTIVATE!

Motivate as many of our young people as possible.

As founder and president of BETF, it is up to me to get the ball rolling.

So, during the month of October I will be doing 5,000 push-ups in 30 days to help motivate and empower young people to realize their dreams and full potential. I’ll be doing my push-ups  at different locations. The goal is to raise funds and awareness for BraveEnoughToFail.org

Please join us and let’s #InspireKids to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.

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You’ve got to Pay to Ride the Road to Success

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The Great White Shark is the most feared predator on the planet. It relentlessly prowls the waters, hunting where it will and in fear of nothing for it has no natural challenger save the Orca.

However, to be successful, the great white shark must do one thing. It must keep moving forward at all times. If this particular shark stands still, it becomes just another drowned carcass swallowed up by the vast ocean and fed upon by others.

Successful people across the board share this shark-like trait. They keep moving forward, they are diligent, they don’t give up and they work as hard and as long as necessary to reach their goal. they learn from their failures but they don’t live in them. They refuse to drown in mediocrity.

Everyone wants to be successful, and if it were easy, everyone would be. But it’s not easy and therefore, too many are not.

Life will inevitably throw obstacles in path, adversity will strike and circumstance will conspire against you.

Look around you, there are plenty of talented and gifted people who failed to reach their full potential because for them, the price was too high, it was too hard, it took too long so they gave up the fight. Quite often, it is not talent that makes the difference but perseverance.

Be the shark, keep moving forward. Your dreams, your goals, your success is worth fighting for.

Remember,

The road to success is a toll road and that toll of diligence and hard work, MUST be paid.There is no shortcut around hard work and diligence.

You were born to accomplish great things. Don’t drown in the sea of mediocrity. Keep moving forward toward your destiny.

 

You can help pave the way to success for the next generation.

Every dollar you give to Brave Enough to Fail helps to inspire a young person.

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About the author

Wayne Winsley is an award winning  motivational Keynote Speaker who has been inspiring others for over a decade. He is the founder and President of Brave Enough To Fail.