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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 4.5 million. 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 recognized how "we as a people can do better.

After sharing my success with a friend in tech world, the birth of Practice U was born. With the support of friends, relatives and youth wearing the Practice U brand, I surrounded myself with a creative, positive thinking and energetic team to enhance a powerful and much needed message for a lifetime. Our focus has been since it's inception to energize the power of practice that leads to self-improvement. Over time we've learned that "positive practice" builds 3 areas in our daily lives: confidence, self-preservation and our community social norms. These thoughts gradually led to the company's 3 common beliefs.

Practice U believes that in the world of education, sports, the arts, health, nutrition and fitness, "positive practice" is universal and it builds confidence.

The more a person sacrifices their time to study, practice or rehearse, the more he or she minimizes their fear, anxiety and nervousness which is normal prior to standing before a crowd presenting their first speech, going on stage to sing, act, dance, play an instrument, a sport or speak at a job interview and much more. 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!!!

We believe self-preservation 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 with lots of water daily 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.

How we talk to one another makes a 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 habit that kids to young adults interpret as acceptable.

We believe maintaining the social norms of our community is a must do, from parents 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 a number of 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 for a child, teenager or young adult to backtalk, insult or curse at their parent, teacher, coach or the referee and vice versa for the adults." Values are a standard of behavior that emphasizes importance. For example, "He values a woman who wears clothes that covers her breast and buttocks. She values a man who wears his pants and a belt on his waistline to prevent showing his buttocks. We value family. I value my life, respect, privacy, peace and being debt free." Principles are like 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 together.

Adding self-preservation to our high MVP character takes us deeper into understanding the "how and why" we govern ourselves. Self-preservation is what saves or prevents one from harming or embarrassing themselves or someone else. It reinforces what's most important or what's at stake. It reminds us without hesitation to not cross or compromise our MVP boundaries, because we know right from wrong. We value peace and respect and we don't want to hurt another human being. 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 consistent daily work that involves thinking and moving from old bad habits to good habits. When we learn bad habits from 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, we have to think about how it infects our moral compass. Then, we have to look at how it affects the eyes and ears of school children to young adults, especially between the ages 12 to 25 when the brain is pruning from the back of the neck to the frontal lobe. Kids are easily influenced. They need consistent positive role models from every walk of life. When elementary school kids, middle school preteens, high school teenagers, young adult employees, athletes and/or entertainers see and hear good habits, they in return copy those good habits. When they see and hear the opposite filled with anger, cursing, insults, excuses, blaming, apathy and arrogance they duplicate that and take it to another level. This gives reasons for why positive practice is a must at all times. We define "positive practice" as 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.

Another example of what kids copy is smoking and drinking. For many people, it is the weekly weekend tradition. Clearly such habits are not a sign of self-preservation, but rather self-destruction and the opposite of self-improvement. What we feed our brain today, will affect our brain down the line. 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 the website then read and watch the videos to further equip yourselves. Too many bad habits have affected our community of families all because the brain was not functioning at a hundred percent. Practicing self-preservation is indeed a life saver.

Bottom line is Practice U believes in you becoming a better version of yourself. It's more than just being the old regular you. It's about the "new" you, that's been educated, equipped with new tools and empowered through consistent practice of the new learning. Achieving high test scores, experiencing success beyond one's peers or excelling in sports, winning championships, being the best in the visual and performing arts category and gaining notoriety, one's physical appearance or financial achievements are wonderful gifts or talents, but there's more to life than these achievements. It's about what you feed yourself which explains why and how you act and react when you're in the spotlight and/or under pressure. It's important to recognize how we talk to one another or treat one another. Reach for a higher thought by focusing on the results of what you say or do. Focus on how your actions influence others to become a better person or a community of people to become a better community.

We all know what we need to improve on from our mental, emotional, social health and well-being to our physical health and spiritual relationship with our Creator. We can all do better, but it starts first with wanting to become 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 time to inspire someone or a group of people you interact with daily. It will help you, as you 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 so that you can upgrade your standard of behavior because we as a people can do better.

Mr. T. E. Smith, CEO and Founder