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About Us

About Us

“Positive Practice” is an adverb that means, I have to apply myself consistently with the intent to improve; I have to put in the work daily with patience, because it takes time for my skill set to grow.

In the summer of 2008, the concept of Practice U originated from writing a poem in the 20th year of my 26 years of teaching at "RADIANT" John Ritter Elementary school inside the up and coming community of Watts, the undiscovered treasure of the greater Los Angeles community of 4 million plus. The poem was simply titled, "The More I Practice, Practice, Practice." Written with the goal to inspire my students with "uplifting brain food" it changed the culture and confidence of our class. One year later a music track converted the poem into a theme song that excited the teaching staff and students from Pre-K to the 5th grade. Encouraged by the message and the happy beat, we worked even harder continuously on our teaching strategies and detailed critical thinking skills, teaching our students the importance of knowing the "when, why and how to use a taught skill." Our students would in return practice the strategies and critical thinking skills from class work to homework. The end result was our test scores improved and our school did a fantastic job consistently. However, the collective data from our 5th grade student's test scores were to our surprise in the process of making history. Year after year, for 5 years in a row in English Language Arts, Math and Science, their test scores steadily increased exponentially in each subject from 2008-2013. It was from that experience that I grew and witnessed the power in practice first-hand. I recognized how "we as a people can do better“ and thus the birth of Practice U was born.

Practice U believes that "positive practice" builds 3 areas in our daily lives. The first is practice builds confidence and success in education, sports, the arts, health, fitness and nutrition. Secondly it builds the awareness of self-preservation in the areas of what we feed our body, brain and how we talk to one another. Finally, practice strengthens the social norms in our community. Our message of self- improvement is a message for all.

Practice U believes confidence is built from continuous repetition, encouragement and rest. In the world of education, sports, the arts, health, nutrition and fitness one will discover the more I put in the work to study, practice or rehearse, the more I minimize my fear, anxiety and nervousness which is normal prior to standing before a crowd presenting my first speech, going on stage to sing, act, dance, play an instrument, a sport or speak at a job interview and much more. The confidence grows because muscle memory is locked in and the preparation is solid. When a kid says, “Test me or Let me show you”, enjoy the results with praise because it's SHOWTIME! No it's FUN-TIME!!!

Practice U believes that practicing self-preservation in the areas of what we feed our body, brain and how we talk to one another is a life saver. What we feed ourselves is important. Healthy food choices such as cabbage, broccoli, carrots, collard greens, mustard greens, green beans, spinach, various fruits, wheat grains and baked or grilled meats eaten daily and lots of water are the types of foods that prevents potential cancer developing cells, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sugar diabetes. This is how one preserves their body from having a stroke, heart attack, feeling sluggish and tired. Healthy food is medicine for the body and cheaper than paying for pills at the pharmacy. Consuming food filled with grease, salt (sodium) sugar, yeast, artificial flavors, artificial colors like the yellows, reds and other food dyes all the time from party to party and late at night, will increase fatty cells and destroy your body.

What we feed our brain is important. Smoking and drinking toxins destroys the brain cells. We call this decision self-destruction. Take a moment to copy and paste the 4 minute animated video link titled “Why the Teenage Brain Has an Evolutionary Advantage” on YouTube. It shows what is happening to the brain between ages 12 to 25. Afterwards go to and the website Read and watch the videos to further equip yourselves. Too many bad habits has affected our community of families all because the brain was not functioning at a hundred percent. Practicing self-preservation is definitely a life saver.

How we talk to one another makes a big difference. Choosing patience that leads to wisdom, class and dignity not greed, foolishness and profanity is the difference maker. Many will agree profanity and insulting people is not necessary. It is usually intertwined with angry and aggressive emotions or arrogance and stubbornness. For others, it's a crazy habit that kids to young adults interpret as acceptable.

Finally, Practice U believes practicing our social norms is a must do, from every parent to the President of the United States of America. With each individual having a high MVP character we help to create a future that will continue through our children who will eventually become adults. Our MVP stands for Morals, Values and Principles the umbrella that covers our codes of conduct in our society.

Morals are a standard of behavior that we define as what is right versus wrong, acceptable versus unacceptable, or fair versus unfair. For example, "It is morally wrong to backtalk or insult your parent, teacher, coach or the referee and vice versa. It is morally wrong for adults to insult other adults, and children.” Values are a standard of behavior that emphasizes importance. For example, "He values a woman who wears clothes that covers her body. She values a man who wears his pants and a belt on his waistline. We value family and fun times. I value my life, respect, privacy, peace and being debt free." Principles are the equivalent of rules or a basic belief that dictates one's behavior. For example, "I don't try to hurt people, because I don't want to get hurt myself. I don't lie to people because I don't like being lied too." When we're taught these social norms or codes of conduct, it is like having a rubber band or force field that keeps us civilized and working harmoniously.

Practice U calls this a practi-co-logist, one whose specialty is a positive presentation of themselves in the public's eye and in their private settings. Becoming a practicologist is work that involves thinking and moving from old bad habits to good habits. Good habits and bad habits start with influences such as the family household, the neighborhood, local school or what's on TV, in the movies, on videos and what we hear on the radio or podcast stations. When high school teenagers, young adult employees, athletes and/or entertainers see good habits, they in return copy those good habits. When they see the opposite filled with anger, cursing, insults, excuses, blaming, apathy and arrogance they duplicate that toxic behavior and take it to another level. This gives reasons for why positive practice is a must at all times. “Positive practice" is an adverb that means, I have to apply myself consistently with the intent to improve; I have to put in the work daily with patience, because it takes time for my skill set to grow. This is what a practicologist is constantly working on. Becoming a better version of oneself starts first with you wanting to do better and doing something about it each day.

When wearing the Practice U brand, you’re adding to your wardrobe an essential apparel on your life's journey that reminds you to focus on your “inner self." We want you to Practice U, "The Very Best of You" so that you'll be able to Master A Higher Degree of Self. One day at a time. Take time to apologize to someone you may have offended and make a commitment to do better. Take the time to inspire someone or a group of people you interact with daily. It will help you to grow. Share our content including our Practice U, YouTube channel featuring our theme song, "The More I Practice, Practice, Practice." Listen to the poem that inspired a group of elementary school kids to succeed in English Language Arts, Math and Science and let us know what you think in the comment section. Until then, my friend...continue to move forward and upward with your quality of thinking without blame or excuses and upgrade your standard of behavior because we as a people can do better.

Mr. T. E. Smith, CEO and Founder