Whether you are a student, teacher, business owner, or a professional, quitting may be something you weigh often. It’s common to face challenges you can’t see yourself getting around, or simply lack the determination to keep pushing. However, the obstacle is always the way. These issues should encourage you to become a better version of yourself to get through them.
Why You Should Stay the Course in Your Journey
There are some assurances that will help you when you are at your lowest point.
Believe it or not, some people will be glad you quit. Your competition or your enemies are always awaiting your downfall. Dropping out of the race more than likely puts them in a better place.
Nobody is perfect; keep going. The perfect man doesn’t exist, but the one willing to learn from his mistakes gets much closer to perfection than the one who gives up because he messes up.
Success isn’t rewarding if it’s easy. We value things more when they are more difficult to come by; our greatest successes are born from our greatest adversities.
Stop comparing yourself to others. Comparison is truly the thief of joy. Each person has their own unique talents, and it does no good to compare with others.
You will never know what would have happened. If you quit now, you’ll never know how far your dream could have reached, and you will likely regret not seeing it through.
Character building at its best. Staying the course builds discipline, resilience and strength which can be applied to every facet of life and your future.
You’re a lot closer than you think. Sometimes a big shift is right around the corner, but you can’t see it because you are blinded by your challenges. Don’t let temporary situations lead you to make permanent decisions.
Your Life Is Not Defined By Your Mistakes
Life is not just about what you do wrong or right. It’s to be enjoyed with your family and loved ones without the need to conform to what others consider happiness or success. Your mistakes can be used to pivot and position yourself for success now that you know how not to go about it. Anytime you’re feeling down, give yourself some positive affirmations and remember why you started in the first place.
Contessa T. Walker – Jackson lives by the mantras “can’t give up now” and “there’s nothing too hard for God.” Tess is the CEO & Owner of Exclusively By Tess, a full-service event planning firm. Tess is also an entrepreneur, model, actor, author, civic leader, product specialist, mentor, visionary, mastermind, speaker, educator, and new blog series – Tessology Tuesdays. She has worked behind the scenes at the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards and BET Hip Hop Awards, to name a few. Tess holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Supervision, a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, and is a Certified Specialist in Event & Party Planning. Tess has received the following awards: Teacher of the Year (2005); Who’s Who Among Professionals (2008); Junior National Young Leaders Conference Education Leader and Mentor Award (2008 – 2012); School Choice Leader Award For Teacher’s PETS Academy (2013-2018); and the Small Business Influencer in Leadership Recognition Award (2016).
Tess is the Founder & Owner of Teacher’s PETS Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 2008. Currently, Tess opened up a virtual academy, Teacher’s PETS Virtual Academy. Teacher’s PETS Virtual Academy (TPVA) is an online school that provides a college-prep education, along with job training, etiquette courses in all subjects and for elementary, middle, and high school students. Choosing the right school makes all the difference. TPVA uses the K12 Curriculum, enhanced with The Royal Experience Curriculum (social-emotional learning and character education), and Bible Learning. These courses are ideal for students who are looking to supplement their existing homeschool or traditional school portfolio with a highly flexible, affordable, and individualized learning experience.
Teacher’s PETS Inc. is a 501 C 3 organization, and it collaborates with partnering corporations to raise funds and organize volunteer work for children who experience extreme economic and domestic hardship with financial and educational support. It bestows sponsorships and supports hunger relief programs. https://www.teacherspetsinc.com
Tess continues to fuel her passions and ambition as the published author of My TESStimony and My TESStimony Study Guide Journal, through which she portrays her journey as a businesswoman, wife, mother, and lover of life. The book’s universal mandate is that “a virtuous woman is a woman of strength”—which supports her ventures as an entrepreneur, civic leader, and mentor to many.Tess is the author of The Royal Experience Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum. The Royal Experience Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum is specially designed to educate your child on basic etiquette and desirable manners. Themes represented in this curriculum include anger management, first impressions, how to make friends, washing and folding clothes, development of social skills, digital decorum, managing cyberbullying, and more. So if you’re ready to become modern-day royalty, then it’s time to go back to basics! Our confidence-building program teaches children the principles of manners and sets the foundation for excellent communication and social skills. These workshops are fun and interactive, providing an opportunity for your children to learn and practice leadership skills while teaching courtesy, respect, and hands-on social and dining skills. Tess is the author of How to be a Stay-At-Home Entrepreneur Mom. This quintessential guide shows you how to run a business without compromising your goals for your family and your personal life. Filled with helpful tips, easy-to-implement techniques, and strategies to keep your full life organized and productive. This guide is just what you need to find the perfect balance between your work life, your home life, and your goals.
Tess is also a product specialist and currently has a perfume line, Impress with Tess and Tess Four.Four.
Tess’ next mission is to build a private dream school (Child Development Center & K-12 Academy) that will allow students free tuition, as well as Teacher’s PETS Inc. Performing Arts Theater, a 1,500-seat facility open to all as a venue to host plays, concerts, conferences, seminars, and formal training. Furthermore, she is looking to launch a banquet hall, as the Exclusively By Tess Event Center; along with the Teacher’s PETS Academy Family Life Center.
Teacher’s PETS Inc. is committed to excellence in teaching, inspiring, and empowering children and young adults to succeed in life through character development, leadership skills, and etiquette training. Children need to learn proper manners and social skills now more than ever. It removes the anxiety of offending others and enables them to partake in social situations with ease. In today’s charter, public, and private school system, there is a strong emphasis on the 3 ‘R’s. But educators must consider adding an “E” to this alphabet – Etiquette. Teaching children to make smart choices will help them to become compassionate and loyal individuals, and can significantly reduce future problems they may develop or encounter. Moving way beyond the proper usage of forks and knives, twenty-first-century etiquette offers a blueprint for weaving the fabric of our future society.
Along with increased self-confidence and the ability to relate to others, students of The Royal Experience Curriculum will develop social skills and experience far less anxiety when handling peer pressure. The potential for school violence can also be reduced by practicing the responsible behavior stressed in etiquette education. According to the article on Culture and Youth Studies, pre-teens and teens have quite a few things to say about manners and etiquette. (December 2013)
91% of teens say that civility, manners, and etiquette are “important” in their lives.
Most Frequent uncivil behavior (rudeness, bad manners, etc.),
Classmates at School. (47%)
Family at Home” (6%)
Strangers in Public Places” (27%)
Friends and Followers on Social Media” (20%)
70% of teens feel society, as a whole, displays more bad manners than good manners.
62% of teens do not feel that chivalry is dead
87% of teens claim they personally practice civility, good manners and polished etiquette
92% of teens say they feel social media, e.g. Facebook and Twitter, is making us a less civil society
97% of students learn their manners from home
57% also said they learn manners and civility from their place of worship
43% named the school as a positive influence on their manners
Teens ranked “Family Upbringing” as the #1 factor for its impact on civility–education level coming in second followed by socioeconomic status.
According to the Culture and Youth Studies, “Bad Manners” are learned from
Media, books, and movies: 69.3%
School – classes: 65%
Being rude to service people:
38.9% of teens rank being rude to cashiers, waiters, or other service people as their biggest pet peeve
Teacher’s PETS Inc. will serve an economically, academically, and ethnically diverse student population. The range of what is available to our students in terms of economic and educational background is broad and it is this heterogeneity that provides our strength as a community and nation. Attending to the academic, social, and personal needs of every student requires an intense focus on differentiation and coordination. Every learner has a fundamental right to understand what success feels like, and the fulfillment of this promise is dependent upon a high level of personalization and a wide range of tailored learning opportunities that allow all learners to master challenging standards-based curriculum.
The Royal Experience Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum requires that teachers know their students well enough to understand their specific talents and interests; know student caregivers well enough to appreciate their students’ background, and know how to analyze data to understand the impact of their instruction on individual student learning. High aspirations for all students must be backed up by strong support systems that are informed by deep levels of personalization and responsiveness to individual learner’s needs and capacities. The Royal Experience Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum is coordinated and integrated horizontally across the grade levels to ensure students are supported as they go from class to class, making connections and adding to their knowledge base as they go.
Master content knowledge in manners and etiquette
Understand the life lessons and real-world applications of their learning
Know how to respond to essential questions that ask them to think critically about how all knowledge is interconnected, and they will develop crucial questions on their own
Develop enduring understandings that connect prior experience to the construction of new knowledge
Develop the tools necessary to form their essential questions and engage in rigorous inquiry in all subject areas
Understand the value of persistence
Become advocates for themselves, their peers, and their communities
Here are some of the qualities you can expect students to exhibit:
Greater confidence and self-esteem
More empathy for others
Improved etiquette and social skills in the classroom
Pride in showing their parents what they have learned at school
Better manners in everyday life outside the classroom
Welcome to TESS University (K-12) where you will discover endless possibilities for your child. You don’t have to go anywhere to take a course from TU. This course is designed to teach children about the concept of self-esteem and the role it plays in having healthy friendships. They will also develop an understanding of how to help enhance self-esteem using positive self-talk.
While it can be normal for a teenager to lack confidence at times, people with self-esteem issues normally view themselves differently to how others view them.
Low self-esteem can be particularly hard for young people, especially when they’re doing things like starting high school or work, and forming new friendships and relationships. Keep reading to understand self-esteem issues that may come up for your teenager and ways to help your child feel better about themselves and their capabilities.
Why your child’s self-esteem is important
Positive self-esteem for teens is important as it allows them to try new things, take healthy risks and solve problems. In turn, their learning and development will be productive and will set them up for a healthy and positive future. A young person with healthy self-esteem is more likely to display positive behavioral characteristics, such as:
acting independent and mature
taking pride in their accomplishments/achievements
accepting frustration and dealing with it responsibly
trying new things and challenges helping others when possible
There are things you can do to support your child to have positive self-esteem, but it’s also important to remember that teenage self-esteem develops and changes quite frequently overtime. If your child doesn’t show signs of positive self-esteem immediately, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing something wrong!