A man is most efficient and will more quickly and easily succeed when engaged in work that he loves, or work that he performs in behalf of some person whom he loves.
Here’s the introduction to one of the most important, life-long lessons that so many of you probably lack in life. Here’s one of the best stories of my life.
In late 2015, I was approached by my boss at my respective job. She had already set up some conversation/presentation workshops, which I ran accordingly. Because it was a massive success, students began to ask about developing a conversation course.
A lot of teachers, especially those historical British teachers, don’t believe in conversation as a tool of success; nor do they approve it as a course. I had to constantly battle and take a lot of slack from people saying, “this isn’t an academic course,” but confidence is the ultimate success tool for communication, right?
After shrugging off a lot of meaningless comments and naysayers, my boss gave me the green light to create a course using some books and materials. So, I did.
Step Number 1: You Will Take Losses In The Beginning, But The Returns Are Unbelievable
Because the conversation course had a 2$ less payout, 95% of the teachers refused it at the beginning. I was adamant and infuriated because some teachers, who would’ve done a good job teaching conversation, didn’t want to teach it because they didn’t get the full amount in the beginning.
I laughed about this because I had already read about “doing more than what you’re paid for,” and I knew it would come back and bite them. Went work got scarce, they came crawling back trying to accept any class that was thrown at them and I said NO. You denied it in the beginning; however, now that work is slow, you want to cover your ass? Ugh, not today.
I, being the lead person of this course, had to formulate a group of teachers, a couple of which failed to deliver the expectations because of their lackadaisical teaching. You don’t necessarily have to have the gift of the gab, but you have to love teaching. A lot of teachers in Thailand don’t give a damn about teaching.
After weeding out the foolishness and the incompetence, I created a course, through persistence and little pay, that generated millions of baht over the course of the year. I made shy, timid students – absolute stars in this respective area.
Get this, creating a course that has generated millions….I only received 0.00005% of that. However, now I have a podcast, which was created at the same time, that’s listened to over 70 countries. I did far more than what I was paid to do, but the law of increasing returns returned in the grandest of fashions. This is how life works.