“So you’ve got a problem? That’s good! Why? Because repeated victories over your problems are the rungs on your ladder of success. With each victory you grow in wisdom, stature, and experience. You become a better, bigger, more successful person each time you meet a problem and tackle and conquer it with PMA.
Stop and think about it for a moment. Do you know of a single instance where any real achievement was made in your life, or in the life of any person in history, that was not due to a problem with which the individual was faced?”
Excerpt From: Napoleon Hill. “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude.
Boom! See, everyone looks at defeat as permanent and they believe that problems never pass. Can I give you an outline of the problems I’ve endured here in Thailand? Let’s do that.
First Defeat In Thailand – You, You, You, Leave
I went to a job interview near downtown Bangkok. This was through one of those dodgy ass “I’m a teaching agency and will get you a job!” type of places. When I went to the job interview, it was between me and three other Filipinos. We were sitting down outside the classroom and this director of the school was talking only to the Filipinos. Here in Thailand, Filipinos stay amongst themselves and talk to NO ONE outside of their circle in general. Then, shit hit the fan. The lady said, “you, you, you.” And completely left me out of the equation. I grabbed my stuff and stormed off, angrily. This was one of the most disheartening situations I’ve ever endured in my life. Can you imagine just how demoralizing and dehumanizing it would be to see three others get selected and you waved off, without even doing the interview process?! Yeah…welcome to my massive defeat.
Second Defeat In Thailand – Illegal Dutchman In The Workplace!
This was the problem that could’ve ruined my podcast. Head teacher walks into my room during the lunch break and says, “hey, some teachers found out about your podcast and they think you’re possibly implicating them.”
I got a verbal warning, written warning (and after the warning, I should’ve left the company back in 2016 — but I wanted to stay just so I prove to them that I won’t quit), and a bunch of fat, old, anglo sex/wife tourists had started chirping about me in a negative connotation. The culprit of it all? A dutchmen who has a 22-year-old daughter, no visa, lives in Thailand illegally, and a neighborhood drunk. However, me, being the best teacher there, was under heavy scrutiny for staying the facts. Hey, problems galore!
The Best Defeat In Thailand – Toshiba Fires Me!
After having worked at this place for little to no money (compared to the money the company makes off me for teaching), I was disgruntled. I didn’t care anymore about teaching there or for this company. One evening, while I was walking to the bus stop, I got an email from one of wife tourist (who just so happened to be the head teacher) saying “Toshiba asked for a new teacher.”
- Runs around the classroom touching the students
- Students are bored of him teaching
- Gets a ride with one of the students
Those were the reasons. I laughed, but the head teacher, who has a mole the size of America on his face, began to hurl insults at me.
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing or reading. In the next few minutes, I felt a shiver go down my spine, followed by a voice saying, “Arsenio, leave.” I went home and applied for jobs all over the globe: China, Taiwan, Spain, Tunisia….you name it. I had a bunch of offers, including one from Chile. I just couldn’t take the ignorance anymore….and in the ensuing months, every time the thought of going back to that place entered my mine, I became overwhelmed and had chest pains. I had almost given up hope in the midst of all the chaos that was surrounding me. Did I know about PMA? Nope. My personal development was still developing, as it is everyday, but it just wasn’t good enough to snap me out of it. I tried listening to the inspirational videos and it would only get me riled up for 10 minutes before the stress set in again. It took me 5 months to find a few part-time jobs.
“Everyone has problems. This is because you and everything in the universe are in a constant process of change. Change is an inexorable natural law. What is important to you is that your success or failure to meet the challenges of change are dependent upon your mental attitude.
You can direct your thoughts and control your emotions, and thus regulate your attitude. You can choose whether your attitude will be positive or negative. You can decide whether you will affect, use, control, or harmonize with the changes in yourself and your environment. You can ordain your destiny. When you meet the challenges of change with PMA, you can intelligently solve each problem with which you are confronted.”
Excerpt From: Napoleon Hill. “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude.” iBooks.