Tim Pearce
Teacher, Social Entrepreneur, New York
Tim is a former teacher and school leader turned digital nomad and social entrepreneur.
Being Alone & Feeling Alone
Everyone is a couple clicks away
It’s so easy to keep in touch with anyone you’ve ever had a deep connection with. Everybody is just a couple clicks away. It hasn’t caused my propensity to make deep connections with a lot of people, but it has kept everyone around longer. #loneliness #deepconnection #socialmedia
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Money, Society & Status
A lesson on money from my former student
I was talking to a former student who I’m not confident he’ll be graduating high school this year. He’s a deep, insightful, smart man who has had every bad thing thrown at him. He told me, “the only people who say money doesn’t matter are the ones who have had it and know they can get it.” #money #student #teacher
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Money, Society & Status
Money, motivation, and privilege
Right now I’m as poor as I’ve ever been but there are people who don’t have a quick way out like me. Money is not a motivator for me, and I realize how privileged I am to be able to make that statement. #money #privileged #motivator
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Money, Society & Status
What are you the Michael Jordan of?
I have a hunch that on my deathbed I’ll realize the only thing that matters were your relationships, the love that you gave and received. On the other hand, I’m driven to find out what I am the “Michael Jordan of.” I’m unsure what the root motivation of that is, but I do know social status is a driver for me and I haven’t figured out how to shake it off. #socialstatus #socialladder #praise
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Money, Society & Status
Parents project their own desires on their kids
I feel lucky that my parents never put expectations on me. A lot of parents see their kids as miniature versions of themselves and they project their own wants and desires on them. This inhibits children to grow in their own space. #society #parents #parentalexpectations
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On Death: Fear & Other Feelings
Heaven or hell during your last millisecond
I think heaven or hell presents itself during your last millisecond of life. Either you look back at your life and have a deep feeling you did it right, which is heaven, or you end with a regret that you suppressed your whole life, which is hell. #death #dying #heavenandhell
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Money, Society & Status
Parents are Underestimating Social Media
Parents are completely underestimating the power and effect of cellphones and social media. Most parents give their kids a smartphone at 10 or 11 and they have unlimited internet. There’s a healthy way for a 10-year-old to become fluent in social media and technology, but giving them unlimited access is not the answer. #society #socialmedia #smartphone #technology #children #selfdiscipline #parenting #schools #students #healthybalance
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The Role of Religion
On the rigidity of religion
Religion plays no role in my life. Dogma, rigidity and rules is opposite of my personality, so the structure of religion doesn’t appeal to me. I do think there is a higher power that recognizes when we’re projecting love into the world, and when we’re being negative. #religion #catholic #higherpower
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Good, Evil & Drawing the Line
Explaining good and bad to a kid
If I was trying to explain ‘good’ to a kid, I’d say it’s love, understanding, empathy, encouraging, building up others, and creating more opportunities for happiness and love in the world. I’d explain ‘bad’ as divisive, negative, and making others feel less or taking away their opportunities for happiness or peace. This is when a kid will surprise you and say “what if you think you’re doing good and bad comes as a result”. Those are answers we all seek. #goodandevil #happinessandpeace #goodvsevil
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
My recent brush with depression
It recently dawned on me that I was depressed. It wasn’t a deep depression like I know some other people have, but I looked up my symptoms and recognized I was depressed. Recognizing that was very powerful for me and helped me realize I could get out of it. #depression #depressed
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
I don’t remember middle school or high school
I don’t remember much of middle school or high school because I was unhappy. I didn’t like who I was and the people that surrounded me but I wasn’t consciously depressed. I was just going through the monotony of life, and being a teacher now I think a lot of kids feel that way. #depression #middleschool #highschool #unhappy
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
My eyes are bigger than my stomach
I can get overwhelmed easily and my to-do list everyday is ridiculous. I’ve also created more anxiety as I try to address it. I learned that meditation, healthy eating, exercise, sleep, building deep relationships all help and I try to squeeze it all into my schedule. #anxiety #overwhelmed #todolist
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
The stress of finding the perfect routine
If you keep plugging away you’ll get closer to what works for you. After a year of trying to have the perfect morning routine, I found out that it was causing me more stress than it was helping. #anxiety #stress #morningroutine
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Being Alone & Feeling Alone
My deep bonds are in one category
Most people I know would say they know me deeply - I enjoy getting to know people quickly. On the other hands, these deep bonds are frequently in one facet. There are few people I’d reach out to in 20 different situations, and I’ve been thinking to what extent I want to change that. #loneliness #alone
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Bonds, Breakups & the Essence of Relationships
F*** yes or not at all
I have subscribed to the f*** yes or not at all mentality. Either you really want to be with them and see them all the time or not at all. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that we’re all weird, imperfect people, and you can let some great people pass by if you have that yes or not at all mentality. #relationship #bonds
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Bonds, Breakups & the Essence of Relationships
Too afraid of being alone
If I don’t see a relationship going on forever, I would be out of that relationship immediately. A lot of people are uncomfortable going through life alone, so they fill that need with a relationship that isn’t perfect but they rationalize and justify. I think ultimately those fail. #relationship #alone #bond #failedrelationship
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AO Contributor Feedback
Pulling from the wisdom of others
My most effective moments as a teacher in the classroom was when I could draw on something from my personal experience. There’s so many exceptionally smart people in the world with so many experiences that we can all benefit from. #TheAOProject #contributorfeedback #wisdom
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Sex & Sexuality
Teaching safe sex to kids
While kids need to be taught about sex and safe sex, when we start teaching them about it they can’t quite grasp what it is. We’re introducing more terminology for them to look up, which I’ve seen go negatively. As a society we need to teach our kids more about healthy sex, but it’s equally as important as self reflection, mindfulness or financial literacy. #sex #sexuality #education
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Achieving Harmony & Balance
Off the beaten path
I’m searching for harmony and I feel like I’m getting closer to it as I stray further from the straight path that I know is there. #harmony #happiness #balance #offthebeatenpath
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Loving Yourself
There isn’t one right way to live
I am much further in my journey of self-love lately. It’s a combination of spending time around people who live wildly different lives than me and getting the perspective that there isn’t any right way to live. #selflove #newperspective
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
The weird little humans
The most joyful part about working with kids is that they’re just weird little humans. Getting to know raw, unjaded humans who will inspire, impress, humble and disappoint you is a wonderful thing. #lifepurpose #teacher #workingwithkids
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
The toughest part about being a teacher
The toughest thing about working with kids everyday is that they are unpredictable. Sometimes you schedule time with a kid to go over a concept, and you cannot control whether it takes 5 minutes or 1 hour. Other times you get surprised and a kid can understand a concept within minutes. #lifepurpose #teacher
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
The impact of being a teacher
No one works harder than a hard-working teacher. I chose education because I couldn’t think of anything more ultimately impactful than if you did a good job with education. It opens doors for thousands. #lifepurpose #education #teacher
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Do we all need to find our purpose?
I don’t think everyone needs to find their life purpose, but there are a lot worse things to think about than one’s life purpose. #purpose #pursuehappiness
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