For the snakes in Bangkok (just for a month or so) who might read this and might try to take action, I’m forewarning you to be careful what you wish for.
Teachers back in 2016 googling my name and listening to my podcasts to see if I implicated them; was told “you’re too black for the job” from the HR executive; removed from a Japanese company based on racial prejudices; I was told that I’m too charismatic; too loud, laugh too much; and above all, I was told “you’re not academic enough.” LOL
Some people can’t take the truth. You always have to face what isn’t working, and I’ve never faced it until it backfired me in the most vicious way.
If you see the above comments, I should’ve given that resignation back in
I’ve been through hell and back with this place. We are, as human beings, quick to judge and point out the negatives in a particular workplace, so I must be grateful, too.
I’m so unbelievably grateful that management gave an African American a full-time job at this particular language center in Bangkok, Thailand – the first ever in the company. I was the Jesse Owens of the company. The first “colored” man ever working there, just as Jesse was the first African American ever to run for the Ohio State University (fiends!). I mean, it’s a special privilege. There were times, like now, which I had/have no work because people simply don’t “like me.” After I showed how great I was, I was considered a threat by many teachers. You had the teachers, between 40-80 years old, who didn’t like me because I was too young, well-dressed, and always made my students laugh — compared to their historical style teaching. I stood out, but didn’t know what my true self-worth was. I recall being as dry as ever with work in December, and especially these last couple of months until I started telling myself, “Arsenio, enough is enough. Face the fear of not getting a job — NOW!”
I got removed from two companies in a years time because they wanted a “white” teacher, and this is the ever-growing problem in terms of racial discrimination in the “slummy areas” of Thailand. However, it was that moment that I told myself, “no, I’m not going to teach a class at this particular time on this particular day because I’m going to do what’s in the best interested of me.”
THAT MOMENT! Oh, that’s what landed me a half-dozen projects teaching executives and millionaires. That moment is what I call “bread crumbs.”
Look, guys….this is nothing you’ve never seen before. This isn’t a pity party, but this is that moment when I can run up those steps, just as Rocky did, and claim my title.
I overcame practically some of the worst bigotry from Englishmen, Americans, Dutch, and of course, the Thais, throughout this process. All of these moments were life-defying, but they were also moments of “how bad do you actually want it, Arsenio?” I’m not academic?
Over the last few days, my associates have told me to teach some of the most difficult test prep courses for a 60% increase. These people believe in me. That other place….didn’t. It’s like the moment in the Great Debaters when Denzel Washington said, “when I’m at home and company comes over, they tell me to go into the kitchen and I laugh.” Yeah, it was that moment about three years ago when the “white” man was walking down the hall with someone else from the infamous RMIT University in Australia when the lady scooted me inside of a room, closing the door while they walked past.
“Don’t show the nigga. The nigga doesn’t make us look good.”
I laughed. I’m grateful. I never gave up until I said, “Arsenio, come on. There are places both online and in-house, begging for your services just about everywhere. Look elsewhere, set yourself up and get the hell out of that slumville.”
I did, universe. I most certainly did.
Ok, all stories and ranting is done. History is over. What is now?
The magic happens now.
Oh, the online business whereas my TOEIC, IELTS and TOEFL students can purchase courses and PDF’s off my website; my podcast that’s booming and going to land me huge speaking engagements; the people I’m bring into my life and on my podcast who are remarkably influential; the project that literally can change my pockets forever that’s launching next month; the part-time jobs and gigs that are coming in that will ultimately create an outstanding brand here in Thailand.
OH, YES! I can now breathe. I’m no longer being strangled and trapped in a guillotine with the clamps tightening as everyday goes on.
Yeah, it’s that moment in your life where you took out the trash and now it’s a free-flowing of love, beauty, and harmonious prosperity flowing into your life. That blockage is paralyzing people all around the world. They’re waking up going to jobs that they absolutely HATE. Well, not I!
And neither should you.
Take that leap. Strap that helmet on and bulldoze through the mental barrier that’s keeping you in cement. Please.