There’s nothing like getting the “thank you for applying” email, right?
Heck, just recently I went into a second-stage of an interview, only for them to tell me, “oh, well we think there are more qualified teachers.” Ha! The qualified teachers who just open a book and teach number by number, right?
I began putting some figures together and things just weren’t adding up to be honest. Honduras was offering 400$ USD a month – mind boggling. Costa Rica, and it’s big companies, was offering just over $1K. The job that denied me, located in Providencia, Chile, was offering just over 1k, too.
Well, after long though, why would I take gigantic steps back, right? I mean my first job (and I say this out of all honesty) was a measly $600 dollars a month: “sorry, we can’t give you the same price as the white teachers because they’re white and you’re black,” I was told.
Second job was an 80% increase. However, I started making waves at my present job about two years ago, propelling myself to the $3k on pure hustle. Since then there has been a change of management, and of course, lots of jealousy. Lots of finger-pointing and “don’t give Arsenio work because he talked about why I came here to buy a wife” angry-at-my-dad syndrome. LOL! Good times.
See, you never want to fall or take a gigantic step back. Take your monthly average, for instance, and make that your starting mark.
I applied for an online teaching job, which will ultimately fall into my laps, recently. What I like is I can make 2.5k easy and teaching at my own pace and rate. Not only that, but breaking into the Chinese market is HUGE at this point. I’ve been preaching about the emergence of online teaching and how China will ultimately burn out all language centers around the world because of face-to-face English conversation. Well, I have an interview, which I should’ve had with another company about two years ago, coming up in a few days. Once I land this, I’ll be able to teach from home, make a consistent wage, and push all my projects and MSI’s (multiple sources of income). However, I don’t have a place I can call home…..which is being sorted out now.
Nonetheless, if you look at denial and failure by face-value, you will always give-up pretty quickly. I just told you guys about the dream job – pulled disappearing act – that bailed. Then, Providencia, which is located on the other side of the planet, later followed suit. Are these blessings in disguise? ABSOLUTELY! How about you just have your own projects, Arsenio (what I ask myself)?
If you find yourself feeling like a failure such as what happened to me just a couple days ago, and in the last few months, create a list of “bragging rights.” Create a list of all your accomplishments, contributions, and three key stories about times when you overcame an obstacle in the past.
By recognising your strengths and ability to succeed in the face of challenge, you can totally shift that bummed out state-of-mind that you’re in.