Positive Mental Attitude: Season 2 – Episode 15 – Food, Physical & Mental Energy

“Yes, to maintain your level of both physical and mental energy you need to exercise both your body and mind. But there is a third factor. Your body and mind both need to be fed properly. You help to maintain your physical body by taking in quantities of wholesome, nutritious foods. You maintain your mental and spiritual vigor by absorbing mental and spiritual vitamins from inspirational and religious books.

Vitamins—necessary for a healthy mind and body! George Scarseth, Ph.D., former Director of Research for the American Farm Research Association in Lafayette, Indiana, told about a village on the seacoast of Africa. The village is more advanced than a community of similar tribes in the interior. Why? Because its inhabitants are physically stronger and more mentally alert—they have more bodily energy—than the interior tribes-men. The difference between the tribesmen on the coast and those living inland stems from a difference in diet. The village tribesmen in the interior do not have a sufficient amount of protein whereas those on the coast obtain quantities from the fish they eat.”

Excerpt From: Napoleon Hill. “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/success-through-a-positive-mental-attitude/id381618319?mt=11

Health Energy

So, as mentioned before and on so many different blogs (and will possibly reiterate myself in the coming years/decades), there are lots of forms of energy.

I had a conversation with a troll, who was a boss, at my old boss after he observed my package and supplements labled “Herbalife.”

“What do you buy that stuff for?”

“Well, you see there’s _________ and ________”….and when you try explaining yourself to a Gen B, his/her ears are already cut off from accepting anything because they believe their preconceived notions.  He said that if I eat regular food, I wouldn’t need supplements.

Hmmm, that’s interesting. MAYBE in Thailand, a country where there aren’t giant factories in the outskirts of the city producing processed foods to kill people (This. Is. America), there are still essentials and deficiencies, especially in Selenium and Zinc.

How could someone impose their WILL of not knowing wtf they’re talking about on you? Well, Gen B’s always seem to know best, right? LOL.

Nonetheless, I’ve been using Herbalife for a while already and I’m absolutely AMAZED at some of the wonderful products which have helped me with my digestive tract, immune support, and just vitamins in general.

Mental Energy

Mental energy — YES! What are you feeding the mind.  There have been alot of likes on posts I HATE seeing.  Yes, social reform and for good causes, but the amount of negativity, especially in the America community which pushes the narrative that there IS EQUALITY THERE, is too much for me.  How is it allowing me to grow? Just that…it ISN’T!

So, if it isn’t, then what are you going to do about it? Clean your NEWSFEED!

“If you suspect that your diet is deficient in certain vitamins and elements so that your energy level is depressed, you should do something about it. A good cookbook can help you, and there are government pamphlets available at low cost. If the condition persists, have a physical checkup.
Like your body, your subconscious mind will accept and absorb mental and spiritual vitamins without effort. But, unlike your physical body, the subconscious will digest and retain unlimited quantities. Unlike your stomach, it never becomes stuffed! It will take and hold as much as you feed it—and still hold more!”

In effect, the subconscious mind is like a battery. From it, you can obtain tremendous surges of mental and spiritual energy which often transmute themselves into physical vitality. These jolts of energy will go to waste if we permit them to be short-circuited by needless negative emotions. But used constructively, this energy can multiply itself many times, just as a powerhouse generator produces vast amounts of useful power.

Excerpt From: Napoleon Hill. “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/success-through-a-positive-mental-attitude/id381618319?mt=11



Positive Mental Attitude: Season 2 – Episode 14 – Rest is VASTLY Important & Underrated

“Dr. Cureton taught Roger Bannister that “the more the body endures, the more it will endure.” Beliefs about “overtraining” and “staleness,” he says, are myths.
But he emphasizes that rest is as important as exercise and activity. The body needs to rebuild in even larger quantities what has been torn down in exercise. That’s how strength, vitality, energy are developed. The body and mind both recharge themselves during periods of rest and relaxation. If you don’t give them a chance to do so, severe damage—and even death—can result.

Is it time to recharge your battery? There’s no glory in being the richest man in the graveyard. You don’t want to be the best scientist, doctor, executive, salesman, or employee lying—prematurely—under the most ornate headstone. A loved mother, wife, father, son, or daughter can bring happiness. Why then, bring grief, instead? Why be confined to a mental sanitarium or lie embalmed six feet under a blanket of beautiful green grass—simply because a needless drain damaged a battery that wasn’t recharged?”

Excerpt From: Napoleon Hill. “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude.” iBooks.

The myth of hustling can really kill some people.  Some people need just four hours, five hours, and six hours of sleep.  So, this brings me to my next statement: Gary Vee does an unbelievable job! For him to NEVER GET SICK and to only get four hours of sleep while having an insane amount of energy — is unbelievable.

I just don’t know how he does it…but let’s just call him immortal for a second.

Your body needs rest.  Your mind needs rest.  We can often get overwhelmed by social media and different things happening in our inner and outer circles.  Sometimes you HAVE to take some time off people, media, etc (as Jim Kwik has said) to recharge your mind.  Tim Ferriss has also left his phone inside his car an entire weekend. Hell, I remember going hiking in 2008 and I was away from all MEDIA for 2.5 days.  I thought I was going to die, and that was in 2008!  YouTube was at its infancy stage and FB was TERRIBLE.

Now, I can do it much easier.  When it comes to working out, there are times I go for a push.  this week, there is the 3 workout classes and an insane jog.  This is because I’m now two months away from a MASSIVE competition. However, because I’m doing this much damage to my body, I’ve decreased my overall workload (teaching) and I teach between 2-6 hours a day during the week (weekends being the busiest days).  I take naps in the afternoon and I’m getting more frequent massages.  Listen to your body!

“When your energy level is low, your health and your desirable characteristics may be subdued by the negative. You, like a storage battery, are dead when your energy level is zero. What is the solution? Recharge your battery. How? Relax, play, rest, and sleep!
How to tell when your battery needs recharging. Here is a checklist to help you determine your present energy level. You can use it whenever you feel that your energy level is slipping. If you are a well-balanced person, your battery may need recharging when you act and feel:
Unduly sleepy or tired
Tactless, unfriendly, suspicious
Querulous, insulting, hostile
Irritable, sarcastic, mean
Nervous, excitable, hysterical
Worrisome, fearful, jealous
Rash, ruthless, excessively selfish
Excessively emotional, depressed, or frustrated”

“PMA demands a good energy level—and vice versa! When you are fatigued, your usually positive, desirable feelings, emotions, thoughts, and actions have a tendency to turn negative. When you are rested and in good health, the direction is changed back to positive. Fatigue often brings out the worst within you. When your battery is charged and your energy and activity level is up to standard, you are at your best! That is when you think and act With PMA!
If your feelings and actions indicate that your better qualities are being subdued by those which are undesirable and negative, it’s time to recharge your battery!”

Excerpt From: Napoleon Hill. “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/success-through-a-positive-mental-attitude/id381618319?mt=11



Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 44 – Pronunciation – Voice & Unvoiced Stretching

Hello, everyone! I want to emphasize how the stretch the vowel (voice) versus voiceless sounds.  Many of my students still have difficulty with producing the voice sounds compared to voiceless, so here’s an exercise for you!

  /p/                          /b/

Lap                         Lab

Rope                      Robe

Cap                         Cab


  /t/                             /d/

Wheat                    Weed

Cart                         Card

Spent                      Spend


/k/                                /g/

Back                          Bag

Pick                           Pig

Buck                         Bug



  1. Lap or lab
  2. Rope or robe
  3. Cap or cab
  4. Spent or spend
  5. Cart or card
  6. Back or bag
  7. Buck or bug
  8. Ross or Roz


  • Run a ____________ around the track.
  • Pull the __________ to bring up the materials.
  • It’s hot outside today. I’m going to wear a ________.
  • Have you __________ all of the money?!
  • Grab the ________, we’re going to need it today for the groceries.  It’ll be too heavy to carry.
  • I’m going __________ to the office later today.
  • There’s a ___________ on my shirt! Get it off!
  • Have you ever shopped at __________? It was a clothing store in America back in the early 2000’s.


Positive Mental Attitude: Season 2 – Episode 13 – How to Raise your Energy Level

“How is your energy level today? Did you wake up eager to face the tasks ahead? Did you push your chair back from the breakfast table with the feeling that you were rarin’ to go? And did you plunge into your work with enthusiasm?
You didn’t? Perhaps for some time now you just haven’t had the vim and vigor you think you should have. Perhaps you feel tired before the day begins, and drag through your work without joy.

If so, let’s do something about it!”

Excerpt From: Napoleon Hill. “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/success-through-a-positive-mental-attitude/id381618319?mt=11

It’s time.  I remember going over this a while back, but this is perfect timing to go over this AGAIN. I love talking about this because it’s important.  If you’re waking up, dragging yourself out of bed and saying, “ohhhh this again!” your life is finished.  Seriously, take a step back and reevaluate your life.  Most people die Monday morning in America.  Why? They’re going to a job that’s absolute dog shit.  But when you know your job is dog shit, you’re aware, right? So if you’re aware, you now have the power to do something about it.

“If you believe you can do it,” says Vernon Wolfe, “most of the time you can. It’s mind over matter.”
You have two types of energy. One is physical, the other is mental and spiritual. The latter is by far the more important, for from your subconscious mind you can draw vast power and strength in time of need.
Think, for example, of the great feats of strength and endurance you’ve read about people performing while under the stress of intense emotion. There is an automobile accident and a husband is pinned under the overturned car. In her moment of fear and determination, his tiny and frail wife manages to raise the car enough to free him! Or the insane person, his mind dominated by his subconscious running wild, can break, lift, bend, and smash with a force he never could hope for during periods of normality.”

Confucius once said, “The Man who says he can, and the man who says he can not.. Are both correct.”

That’s how powerful the mind is.  If you want a sudden burst of energy, how about standing up instead of slouching over? How about thinking of the next morning, day, week….something that will inject adrenaline inside of you.  Read a quote or listen to something for two minutes.  Shake it off or do some jumping jacks.  Again, this is momentary energy and you want something more constant….you need a ROUTINE!

Why do I wake up and destroy my body every morning? It’s the perfect time to do it.  I wake up, post my podcast episodes, blogs, respond to messages, Instagram videos and messages and I take off running.  My mornings are prime-time for me.

“In a series of articles for Sports Illustrated, Dr. Roger Bannister told how he first broke the four-minute mile on May 6, 1954, by training both his mind and his muscles to accomplish this long-sought dream of the athletic world. For months, he conditioned his subconscious into the belief that the record, which some people claimed was unattainable, could be achieved. Others thought of the four-minute mark as a barrier. Bannister thought of it as a gateway which, if he once passed through, would open the way to many new records for himself and other milers.
And of course he was right. Roger Bannister led the way. In a period of little more than four years after he first set a four-minute mile, the feat was performed 46 times by himself and other runners! And in one race, at Dublin, Ireland, on August 6, 1958, five runners ran the mile in less than four minutes!”

Excerpt From: Napoleon Hill. “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude.” iBooks.



Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: International Guest Speaker – Vart of Armenia!

Today was a very special day.

My goal, as you all know, is to bring on every nationality on the planet.  I know there will be difficulties bringing on some of the African nations like Yemen, Rwanda and Sierra Leone, but it could be done.  The Saudi Arabias of the world, the Venezuela, and even the Guyana.  I will achieve this, and today was another step closer.

Vart, who’s from Armenia, came on to talk about the culture, food, past history, and the neighboring countries.  She also mentioned that the Armenian language is one of the hardest in the world.  So, here I am today presenting you with a relatively short, but mouth-watering podcast down below that you can listen to about a country that isn’t spoken about.


Blockchain in Bangkok: Neighborhood is Buying & Selling Energy

I normally give Thailand (primarily the women) a hard time in terms of treating individuals the same.  However, I love innovation.  As the mass transit system sets up across Bangkok, I’m like a child on Christmas, jumping around deliriously and anxiously waiting for the grand opening.

With the Sky Trains (grey, red, pink, brown, green line extensions, orange, yellow) going up around the city, there’s an even greater story: Thais buying and selling electricity using blockchain.

Source: World Economic Forum


So, the infographic might be hard to understand, but let’s just say the generating capacity of is enough to trade electricity between a mall, school, dental hospital, and apartment complex.

The managing director of the Australian firm, Power Ledger, said that enabling renewable energy trading will reduce our carbon footprint.

Just recently, Elon Musk heading to my native Puerto Rico and provided dozens of solar panels to a children’s hospital.  Furthermore, neighborhoods all across the globe are implementing solar panels in neighborhoods — encouraging everyone to switch to renewable energy.

This not only puts a spark into humanity, but for countries such as Thailand, which are notorious for pollution, there are people who are pushing to make the switch.

Most notably, the gym I go to, Lab BKK, is all renewable; from the lightbulbs, to taking out all plastic, to having all their products + humanity.

Times are getting interestingly exciting!

Positive Mental Attitude: Season 2 – Episode 12 – The “If” Creed


“If you do your best to try never to violate your honor by lying or cheating and always try to fulfill the responsibility with which you are entrusted …

If you keep clean in thought and body—if you exemplify clean habits, clean speech, clean sport—if you associate with a clean crowd …

If you stand up for the rights of others against the undesirable influence and coaxing of friends and threats of enemies—if defeat inspires you to try to succeed—if you have the courage to face danger in spite of fear …

If you work faithfully and make the best of your opportunities—if you don’t wantonly destroy property—if you save money so that you can pay your own way in this world and yet be generous to those in need and give financial help and time to worthy causes—if you do a good turn each day without expecting compensation …

If you are a friend to all and a brother to every living man, woman, and child regardless of race, color, or creed …”

If you are prepared to learn to know dangers, to avoid negligence and to know the remedies necessary to help injured persons and save human lives, to share the duties and responsibilities in your home and place of business…

If you are polite to all, especially to the weak, helpless, and unfortunate …

If you will not kill or hurt any living creature needlessly, but strive to protect all living animals …

If you smile when you can, do your work promptly and cheerfully—and if you never shirk or grumble at responsibilities or hardships …

If you are loyal to all to whom loyalty is due, to the members of your family, the firm for which you work, and your country …”

Excerpt From: Napoleon Hill. “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude.” iBooks.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 43 – Grammar – Used To/Didn’t Use To

Used to and didn’t use to can sometimes be confusing, so I decided to make a short blog and podcast about it.

  1. I used to walk to school when I was younger.
  2. They didn’t use to go to the University of Wisconsin.

Rules: We used to talk about about habits in the past. 

Rules: After used to we use the infinitive (present simple).

I used to live in Las Vegas.  Now I live in Bangkok.  Complete the sentences with used to or didn’t use to.

  1. Arsenio _____________ speak Thai all the time.
  2. He _____________travel by bus to work.
  3. He _____________swim in the sea because there isn’t a sea in Las Vegas.
  4. He _____________ to see thousands of people on the Las Vegas Strip.
  5. Because his neighborhood was small, he ______________ know everybody who lived there.
  6. He _____________ wear warm clothes in December.

Task: Complete the sentences that are true for you.  Use used to or didn’t use to.

  1. I ______________ practice English everyday.
  2. I ______________ like drawing and painting.
  3. I ______________ have a mobile phone.
  4. I ______________ read books in English.
  5. I ______________ spend a lot of time at home.
  6. I ______________ spend a lot of time alone.


Positive Mental Attitude: Season 2 – Episode 11 – Your Magnificent Obsession

“Develop an obsession—a Magnificent Obsession—to help others.
Share yourself without expecting a reward, payment, or commendation. And above all else—keep your good turn a secret.

And, if you do this, you will set in motion the powers of a universal law. For, try as you will to avoid payment for your good deed—blessings and rewards will be showered upon you.”

Excerpt From: Napoleon Hill. “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude.

Jack Ma: “Find a need and fill it.”

Tony Robbins: “The secret to living is giving.”

Reading that part of the book made me tear up.  It reminded me of the time when Tony was driving a car, miserably, down the streets of some city in America before pulling over, turning on the overhead light in the car and writing down on a notepad “the secret to living is giving.”

He began to cry, too.

That insatiable feeling of wanting to give all the time, as much as I can — everyday.

Nathan, an American born teacher who’s now teaching in Aktobe, Kazakhstan, told me that I always inject a burst of energy, positivity and hunger inside of him when he hears and watches my 1-minute Instagram stories in the morning.  See, that’s my inspiration.

The students, from all countries around the world, who rain me with “thank you so much! You helped me pass my IELTS test!” types of comments, are my alchemy.

I didn’t know so much about giving when I was younger. I didn’t know that it was my goal to give, to be honest.  However, I feel a remarkable amount of fulfillment since doing it.  Starting the podcast, getting students scores on particular tests to get a better job or to get into a university across the globe.  That’s what it’s all about!

“No matter who you are, you can have a Magnificent Obsession. Every living person can help others by sharing a part of himself. You don’t have to be rich or powerful to develop a Magnificent Obsession. Regardless of who you are, or what you have been, you can create inside yourself a burning desire to be helpful to others.”

Excerpt From: Napoleon Hill. “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/success-through-a-positive-mental-attitude/id381618319?mt=11


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: International Guest Speaker – Nathan of Kazakhstan!

Someone from an up and coming language center in Kazakhstan liked one of my posts.  When she did, I checked her Instagram out and saw that she was an entrepreneur in Astana, Kazakhstan.  I reached out to her and she referred her husband over.  Finally, here’s Nathan, an American born teacher who’s been living in Kazakhstan for more than 8 years already.  He provides a nice blend of what Kazakh was, their English language standards, and a few other things that will open your mind to potentially visiting the country.

International Guest Speaker Nathan from Kazakhstan

  • Entrepreneur



Things we discussed:

  • Introduction given by Nathan.
  • Biography.
  • How it all began in Kazakhstan?
  • Talked about Kazakhstan cities, different culture and its weather.
  • Talked about Kazakhstan’s geography and about when Kazakhstan became a nation.
  • Talked about ethnicities and cultural relations in Kazakhstan.
  • Talked about English proficiency in Kazakhstan cities.
  • English usage in Kazakhstan educational institutions and government departments.
  • Cuisine in Kazakhstan.
  • What are the goals of Nathan’s language school in Kazakhstan?


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