2018

What is Peer Pressure?

Yes. Peer pressure. You’ve probably heard those words before. Or, even if you haven’t, you’ve most likely experienced this at least more than once in your life.

Let’s face it: Peer pressure is same thing as influence – especially by other kids that are around the same age as you. It can be positive influence (positive peer pressure) or negative influence (negative peer pressure).

So, what’s the difference?

The difference between positive peer pressure and negative peer pressure is – well, one is good and the other is bad. Sometimes, though, it can also be neutral – neither good nor bad.

  1. Positive Influence.

So, what is positive influence? Well, positive influence (or positive peer pressure) is actually a really good thing. It’s when a friend – or even a complete stranger! – influences you to do something good or nice. Positive influence/positive peer pressure is encouraged and is always good to do.

Recognize that every interaction you have is an opportunity to make a positive impact on others.” – Shep Hyken, Customer Service Expert, Author & Speaker

  1. Neutral Influence.

So, now what is neutral influence? Well, like I said earlier, neutral influence/neutral peer pressure is neither good nor bad. There isn’t really much to say about neutral peer pressure. Most of the time, neutral influence is influencing someone to actually do something like ask someone for something or even influencing someone to get something or do some kind of action. Think of a game of Truth or Dare, for example. If you say you want to do “Dare”, then the other person dares you to do something silly or crazy. It may be good; it may be bad. It may be just downright funny and crazy and neither good nor bad. The latter is neutral influence. However, be warned: Neutral influence can easily be turned into positive influence or negative influence.

Having influence is not about elevating self, but about lifting others.” – Sheri Dew, Author, Publisher, President & Chief Executive Officer of Deseret Book Company

  1. Negative Influence.

Uh-oh. Now this is the real deal here. Negative influence is the main reason for this article because many are under pressure of this negative experience.

You’ve probably been negatively influenced before. We probably all have. But, you see, negative influence is, believe it or not, something you can actually avoid.

But how? You might ask. Well, that’s a good question. Let me just tell you this: You can avoid negative influence by making sure not to hang around negative people. Booker T. Washington, an American educator, author, orator and advisor to presidents of the United States, once said, “Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

Just make sure not to hang around bad people (and to most certainly hang around good people!) and you’ll soon see that peer pressure will be not as compelling, as they’re not your friends anymore.

Strong people don’t put others down… They lift them up.” – Michael P. Watson, British Former Professional Boxer

So, there you have it. Positive, neutral and negative influence, and how to avoid negative influence – and, of course, how to positively influence others!

Just remember that you can be an inspiration to a whole generation of people.

And as I close when speaking at events, just remember, “You rock! Dream Big. You Got This!”

-Arianna Fox
Author | Motivational Speaker | Girlpreneur

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Behind the Scenes – Arianna Fox Photoshoot

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Hey, everyone! Today we will be doing a special article about a photoshoot we had on February 20, with John Mollura with John Mollura Photography. He did an epic job and we definitely recommend him for any type of photography. He is very creative and casual, and he did an amazing job with Arianna’s photoshoot.

But for today, we’re going to do a behind the scenes article on how we did the photoshoot!

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“It was really awesome,” says author, inspirational speaker and kidpreneur Arianna Fox, “We had tons of fun doing it. He was very friendly and great to work with. Plus, I loved striking all the poses and my parents helping me out. It was awesome.”

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“John was very professional – friendly, but not cheesy,” says co-owner and Savvy Socialite of Splash Designworks, Trisha Fox, “He didn’t just take photos. He made it an experience.”

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“I had so much fun doing this photoshoot,” says owner and Design Dude of Splash Designworks, Mike Fox, “It was so cool to see creative, out of the box and fresh ideas coming together for the session. John was awesome and our daughter, as usual, was epic.”

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It was a great experience and we had so much fun doing it all. We definitely recommend him for any photography needs.

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We even went outside for a few shots, and it was just very exciting.

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Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this article!

You Rock, Dream Big and You Got This!

– Written by Arianna Fox, 11-Year-Old Kidpreneur, Author & Inspirational Speaker

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You are Unique

Unique. To be completely honest, the word “unique” is a unique word. But, what does it mean? Well, being unique means that you are different from everybody else. It means that you can make a difference in your life.

An old joke says, “You are unique. Just like everyone else.” That’s obviously a joke because the part in it that says, “just like everyone else” makes it so you’re not unique.

But you are special. Everyone else has their ways of doing things – the same old, same old.

An old quote from Albert Einstein says, “If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.

Let’s take a look at that picture at the top. There are eight fish in that bowl, just swimming around, doing what they have always done. But one fish is ready to take that leap of faith to go into their very own bowl of surprises and excitement. And guess what: You are that fish! Or, you have the potential to be that fish.

But you have to take that leap of faith. The fish in the picture could have jumped too close, and could have fallen in between the bowls. It also could have jumped too far, and it could have completely missed the bowl.

Do you see how that has to do with things in real life? If you jump too close, that means you’re not determined enough or you’re afraid. But if you jump too far – and yes, there is such a thing as jumping too far – and you’re too excited and you’re not expecting obstacles and things to arise in your path, you may be very surprised. So be aware of obstacles, but be determined so you can say, “I know obstacles will come my way sometimes, but I will always get past them.

To quote Dr. Seuss from his book Oh, The Places You’ll Go, “Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored; there are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball, will make you the winning-est winner of all! Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV! Except when they don’t, because sometimes they won’t. I’m afraid that sometimes, you’ll play lonely games, too; games you can’t win, because you’ll play against you. But on you will go, though the weather be foul. On you will go, though your enemies prowl. On you will go, though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore, and your sneakers may leak.

I love that excerpt of Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go because it shows that you will win and you will lose; you just have to be determined enough to keep on going.

So always remember that you are unique – and no matter what other people say, you can achieve your goal. You got this!

– Written by Arianna Fox, 11-Year-Old Kidpreneur, Author & Inspirational Speaker

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