One summer during my high school years, I was jumped from behind by a group of jock kids. One kid used a pad lock and punched me multiple times in my face, turning the bone to powder. I had to get a serious expensive operation with titanium plates and screws to hold the bone together. I dealt with a lot of issues during the rest of my high school years, to the point where I just wanted to drop out. I pushed myself to finish, thanks to the support of my parents. When I got out, I had no direction; the only thing that interested me was computers, so one day me and my father signed up for Briarcliffe. When I first started, I still had no confidence in myself until I met Prof. Naylor. He pushed me to points I thought I could never reach. Although half the time I just couldn’t understand his methods, in the end it all became clear. I realized how on point this man is. He knows the world and what is in store for kids like us. He never gave up on me. I was able to find myself a computer job before college ended at $16 an hour, plus free gas, benefits and I am off for every major holiday. At first they were reluctant to include benefits, but I negotiated for what I am worth, exactly as Professor Naylor taught me and it worked. Basically, he taught me, to never give up and just show people you have the knowledge. If you don’t, then learn it! A great man and I wish him all the best. You made me what I am today.
My first semester at Briarcliffe College was a cocky one. I came into the school thinking I knew everything. I didn’t though. Professor Naylor proved it to me. I'm glad he did, because for everything I didn’t know, I learned through him, and it did not end there. He gave me so much knowledge not only about the technical field but about real world environments and how it really is out there, preparing me for my future. I can't begin to explain how Professor Naylor changed me since Aug '02, when I started my college years. His systems for success are flawless. I know this because I use them. I now currently work for Cablevision making $18 dollars an hour and I am now a proud owner of a 30K dollar Subaru which I’m very proud of. Professor Naylor is part of my success and I’m honored to have had him as a mentor and a professor. I’ll never forget the help you gave me Professor. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I look forward to being in your classes for my next degree, because there is no school that will see me unless you teach there.
P.S. I’m going to need a signature on that System for Success book next year when it hits stores.
Being an older student (30 at the time I’m writing this), I had many hats to juggle. I did not have the time to waste, I needed a solid plan. Using the Time Management aspect of Professor Naylor’s Systems for Success, I overcame many obstacles. Having a plan helped me to keep ahead of the curve. When my daughter was born, time became a precious commodity and having a time management plan already in place not only allowed me to transition easily, but it allowed me to physically see what kind of time I had on my hands. I was able to utilize my time in an effective manner and was able to do well in ALL of my classes due to this simple yet profound mechanism. I believe that everyone should know how to create and implement a time management plan into their lives and I am thankful that Professor Naylor teaches future solution providers this invaluable skill. Professor Naylor is more than just a teacher. His systems for success are the blueprint that should be taught in scholastic settings well before the collegiate level. If there were more students actively practicing these simple suggestions, I can say with complete confidence that the youth of today and tomorrow would bring humanity to a new era of greatness. Efficiency would multiply beyond the current scope and tasks that seem overwhelming would become less so. Take heed as you read through the following pages, my words sound overdone, but take the time to implement just a few of the suggestions to follow and you will see a vast improvement in your daily life.
Maurice Escayg April 2007
Professor Naylor motivated me to take the Hardware part of the A+ Certification when I had him for CT-108 in May 04. I passed easily. Without him pushing me, I would not have done it. I just passed the O/S part last week. It feels so good to have accomplished something that I have been putting off for 3 months. I just wanted to thank Professor Naylor for making me take the first step. I am going to be taking Network + next. If anyone else is thinking about taking A+, GO FOR IT! It was not a hard test. You can get a lot of the answers by using common sense, and practice tests help a lot. Good Luck! Thanks Again Professor Naylor!
Professor Naylor you're awesome. From your class, I learned how to have patience and to calm down and think before I do anything - I will see you again. Keep up the good work. The best thing I learned in class was key strokes. When you first told me we were learning key strokes I looked at you like you had four heads, but I did it and it comes in handy.
Sue Caccavale March 18th 2004
This is my first year at this college and what an encouraging teacher you are. You made me realize that it’s not a difficult thing to talk in front of people. I had that problem, not any more. Mr. Naylor is a good teacher, he taught me how to talk about anything in front of groups to get you to get over your fears which in my case, it did. I just wanted to say thank you very much, I enjoyed your class a lot. Everybody who passes your class will become a solution provider.
Bernadette Isnardi April 29th 2004
DTA (Date, Time & Activity,) three letters that haunted me at first. Originally I wanted nothing to do with it and just tried to fight it, but once I realized how effective and efficient it could be properly used, I stuck with it. Using this system for success increased my productivity and all around helped me stay very organized with my reading and daily activities. It seems so redundant to record all this information down at first, but as you do this it helps retain information and you can prove you have done something and proof you have done it. For example, I was at my job, filling out paper work and I inscribed it all with DTA and my signature. So when a "query" came about that I might of not have done my own work I was able to show documentation of when and where I did it and how long it took me. My signature was additional proof that I have accomplished all my work for the day. This not only saved my job but I was even given a raise for being inspirational and well prepared for this on such short notice. This is why this system for success is worth its weight in gold.
Nicholas Oosterom 4-9-07
Professor Naylor's class has been both informative and motivating. Not only did I get information from being in his class, but I also received transformation due to the systems of success. Through the repetition and various exercises we did in class, I have a broad range of new skills and knowledge of programs that before this class I was clueless. Thank you professor for making this an awesome experience!!
Jim Donohue December 15th 2003
First, my baby girl is doing fine. Her name is Sierra. Next, even though I did really bad in your class what you have taught me (life lessons included) has helped me be a better father. I just wanted to take the time out and THANK YOU. You have been a true inspiration to me. Hope to see you next semester; that is if I am not deployed I am now a member of the NY National Guard.
Jonathan Casillas December 1st 2003
"One of the most helpful tips for me would be the Backup Rule. Experiencing this myself it will save you time, money, your job or in this case, my grade. No matter what your career, this is a crucial step you MUST remember. Along with the other steps, Professor Naylor has helped me to understand how the "game" of life works. I never had this much inspiration, motivation and respect until I came to the college level and Professor Naylor had a major part in it."
Shane Urbas March 2007
Hi Professor Naylor, thanks for everything you taught me. For me it was the greatest experience having you as a teacher. I wish all teachers would be like you. Thanks to you I'm not going to quit at anything I set my mind on and I will always remember that I'm a solution provider and not a quitter. I also want you to know that from this point on, any essay that I would have to write about someone that inspired me and told me to work hard and never give up, I will be writing about you and about my experiences as a solution provider. Thanks again for everything Professor Naylor.
Sandra Bedoya January 24th 2004
Hey Mr. Naylor, I just wanted to thank you for all of your support, encouragement, and most of all for teaching me what it means to be a SOLUTION PROVIDER. I love my teaching job, and understand more now how powerful motivation is. I constantly use techniques I learned from sitting in the back of your classes. On another note I passed my Professional Certification. Mr. Naylor, I'm really going to miss you. I hope that if you want someone to come in to a class and give a testimonial, you will ask me. Truly you helped me to decide a career path and I thank you for that.
Last session I had the opportunity to take a computer class with Professor Naylor. He is one of the most energetic, positive Professors I have ever met. He set goals for the class and expected us to always do the best that we could to reach those goals. He always instructed the class not to compare ourselves to others, because everyone is on a different level. The word can't is not in the vocabulary in Professor Naylor's class. His motto was that if you feel you can't do something then you won't. If you believe that you can do something then you will. He always made himself available and gave everyone individual help when necessary. In the beginning of every class he would write the words "'I am a solution provider." These words may seem minor and may not mean a lot to everyone. The first few classes they didn't mean that much to me. Over time those words began to change me and my thinking. I am in my mid-thirties and have taken a number of college classes. It wasn't until approximately two weeks into Professor Naylor's class did I realize that I did have the potential to be very successful, and that I was a solution provider. After almost three years of being in a job that I wasn't advancing in, I updated my resume and began looking for new employment. (One of Professor Naylor's challenges was to present your resume for a grade).This challenge showed me how much he cares about his students. This challenge gave students who had never done a resume an opportunity to do one and have someone go over it and offer constructive criticism. I could go on forever talking about Professor Naylor. I simply felt it necessary to thank Briarcliffe for having such an enthusiastic teacher. The past eight weeks were truly life changing. Again, thank you.
Donna S. Parker
Hey Professor Naylor, I have a cool story for you to share with your students. I was recently asked to be one of the Geek Squad’s media spoke people. I definitely jumped at this great opportunity, and agreed to a phone interview that our public relation people had set up for that day. It was my first official interview. The phone interview was with a young women’s magazine, for their technology column. The topic: Geek Squad Agent Conway’s favorite keystroke commands in Windows XP, Vista, and Mac. Thank God you taught us key stroking.
Nicole Conway April 29, 2007