The Blog of Jake Kelfer
You guys have really been enjoying the articles when I get quotes or stories from various people across different areas of expertise, so today we’re featuring educators from across the country.
As I speak more and more, I’m realizing it’s not enough to just teach students how to get by or to teach just the traditional curriculum. Instead, we should be teaching and encouraging the next generation how to thrive and create incredible lives for themselves in and out of the classroom!
I asked a handful of Student Council Executive Directors, teachers, and coaches who I think do a fantastic job the following question to see what we can do across the globe to help our youth THRIVE!
What characteristic or skill set should we be encouraging our youth to develop to thrive in and out of the classroom?
There were so many value bombs dropped at Influencer 2019 in San Diego a few weeks ago! Hosted by Brendon Burchard the event was all about how to make a positive influence and build your online business.
I wrote a full recap on the event highlighting my biggest takeaways but even after a few weeks I am still thinking about my experience.
Since the conference, I’ve spent a lot of time reaching out to several of the speakers, practicing what I learned, and trying new things to help create momentum in my business. The 7 quotes below are extremely powerful, but if you aren’t willing to act on your motivation, then you’re missing a great opportunity.
Knowledge is only half the battle; applying the knowledge is what separates you from everyone else.
Here are 7 inspiring quotes from Influencer 2019:
Elevate in Action:
The feeling you get when you go to a great conference is truly special. It’s hard to describe but whenever I go to a conference, I find myself leaving with a heightened sense of purpose. I feel motivated to take action and am giddy to try out all the new strategies and techniques I learned. Maybe it’s the people I met or maybe it’s because the conference made me feel some type of way.
That was definitely the case with Influencer 2019 which was created by Brendon Burchard, the world’s leading high performance coach. I had my hesitations about going to the conference (didn’t want to miss two days of work, didn’t want to spend more money, wasn’t sure if it would be worth it), but it was a 2 hour drive and some of the experts I look up to were going to be speaking, so the decision was made. Plus, I’d get to see one of my best friends Tony in San Diego.
I am not the most healthy person in the world. I don’t make food calendars or meal prep. I eat what I want and where I want… for the most part. I shop at Trader Joe’s and I eat out once or twice a week. Outside of my wildly complex dietary restrictions consisting of no dairy and limited raw green vegetables, I can pretty much eat what I want.
Sure, there are plenty of other foods I don’t love like mushrooms, peppers, cilantro, and quite a few other things, but that’s not the point. The point is, eating on $10 a day is a very realistic and viable option.
I don’t know exactly why but I get a thrill of unloading the dishwasher. Before you think I’m a nut or anything, I am very aware that this is a unique or as some would say, a weird thing to enjoy doing.
It’s not something I love doing every single time, but more often than not I get a joy out of unloading the dishwasher.
Maybe it’s similar to the feeling you get when you make your bed in the morning. Personally, I don’t get a huge rush from making my bed in the morning like everyone says, but I think that’s ok.
Not everything works for everyone and it’s important to figure out what works for you.
8 speakers. 1 question. 8 unique answers. I asked 8 motivational speakers who speak on a wide variety of topics one question: If you could leave your audience with only 1 message/piece of advice, what would it be?
Here is what they said:
Learning doesn’t stop once you graduate or stop going to school… or at least it shouldn’t.
Learning is a lifelong process that evolves as you do throughout your journey. Every new job, relationship, and experience is a chance to learn something new and use that knowledge to increase your quality of life.
The best part about learning is that you get to choose how and what you want to learn. You can learn about how to cook a delicious dessert or you can learn how to manage your personal finances better.
The possibilities are endless, but the key to continuous growth is to feed your mind with new information and then act upon the knowledge you possess
“You gotta risk it to get the biscuit.” I can’t believe I just quoted Fired Up! to start an article, but here we are. By the way if you haven’t seen Fired Up, you definitely should 🙂
We live in a world where people are afraid to take risks. People are scared of being rejected. People are scared of trying and failing. People are scared of being independent and going against the grain. People are worried that their risks will be looked down upon.
The things is… all of these doubts and worries are valid. I’ve had all of them.
Calculated risks are important for our personal growth and development. It’s part of what makes life so fun and exciting. It challenges us and forces us to create new ways of thinking.
What’s one of the best ways to learn? It’s to teach!
When I was in high school and college, I always felt the way I learned best was by teaching because the more I spoke about a particular subject or project, the clearer it became to me. Even if I didn’t fully grasp it at first, the more I shared and taught, the better I came to understand it.
Back in high school, I loved math. I loved to solve problems and race against the calculator. I enjoyed this so much that I started tutoring people and the more I tutored people, the sharper I became. I learned things at a deeper level and started to find better ways to solve certain problems.
Albert Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
Have you ever wondered what you should do when you first wake up in the morning? What about the last thing you do before you go to bed?
According to Jay Shetty, former Monk turned motivational icon, studies show 80% of us look at our phones first thing in the morning and the last thing we see at night. It causes our brains to constantly be ON.
Most of us spend hours lying in bed scrolling through Instagram. When we finally finish Instagram, we move onto Snapchat, Facebook or Twitter, and when we feel that we are updated, we go straight back to Instagram only to realize that we’ve been on our phone for 2 hours and should probably put it away so we can actually get some sleep.
Then when we wake up, the first thing we do is look at all the notifications we missed. If we don’t get any notifications, we immediately start our day off disappointed. If we do get notifications, we start our day in a frenzy trying to respond to everything and check every platform which can often lead to us being rushed causing more stress.
The problem we are facing is that we all claim we want to be happier, but we aren’t taking the action necessary to make it our reality.
So, what should we be doing then?
I am a motivational speaker on a mission to inspire people to achieve their own definition of success and reach the highest level of personal success and happiness.