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We’re back with another Wheel of Life edition! Big special shout out to the people who have read this for years already, and this is a deep special because this was the life-changing moment I needed.
Who would’ve ever thought that quarantine would be great. Losing my job for about 6 weeks ended up being the pusher for me to transform my subconscious mind. But before I get into that, in brief, here are the categories to rate yourself in:
- Personal development
- Physical environment
- Family & friends
- Fun & hobbies
- Romantic Relationships
In this blog, I should finally discuss the transformation and leave the podcast down below for you to listen to the other categories. Be sure to share your scores!
Mira Butler had come forth in an idea and we acted on it. She wanted to create a UDEMY course, but even before that, we were having long, hilarious chats about a variety of things until we finally said “let’s do this.” I went through her personal transformation course, and everything that had hindered me in the past finally dispersed. The level of consciousness, the gratitude, and the unbelievable opportunities that are coming into my life is because I no longer have a hindrance. Are you ready for this podcast? Let’s do it!
I was watching TD Jakes recently and he said, “I never meant to be famous; I just wanted to make an impact.” Shortly after, notorious Washington Post (vile) wrote an article about him, completely defacing him of everything he represented (welcome to America — the House of Pain). See, I knew it was going to get to this point. When I was making my personal development podcasts in 2017, to the explosion of my ESL podcast in 2018/2019…..when I took the stage at the Bangkok International Digital Content Festival, I knew my life would change forever. As I was pacing, and using a variety of language to captivate onlookers, I didn’t know (and still don’t know today) how impactful my presentation was, but in my mind, I created that eventful Friday at Marriott Marquis Queens Park, a day in which I met app developers from all over the world. Here’s to the BIG ONE!
If you guys don’t already know, I was recently talking to another female entrepreneur (age of 19) who also spoke about the Wheel of Life. If it’s your first time viewing this blog, it’s time to begin and assess your life in the following categories and from number 1-10.
Personal Development – 10
Couldn’t be grateful enough. Those moments of struggle have paid off. I now value myself on such a level I KNEW I would achieve, but it was a struggle.
Physical Environment – In Podcast
Health – In Podcast
Wealth – In Podcast
Career – In Podcast
Fun & Hobbies – In Podcast
Romantic Relationships – 0
Friends & Family – In Podcast
Period! Need I say more? Man, just looking back on some things that have happened at the beginning of this year and last year. You know, some time around December, I remember going to a fitness class in the heart of Bangkok and seeing two Australian Air Force personnel and meeting them. They were so happy and content, and the first time I met them, I opened up about moving to Bangkok and sharing them my story in terms of dealing with all the shenanigans of my last job.
I recall sharing other stories with the likes of personal trainers and I was under such distressed, completely unaware of what was going to happen in the future. After contacting Chilean teaching headhunters and other corporations, I decided to possibly venture out and get out of Thailand. Going back and forth with a place that was barely giving me any work because the vindictive revenge that they had in mind, I needed to get the hell outa there.
I got some part-time jobs here and there. Two women, who were nice at the beginning of the year, helped me with March-May because of teaching TOEFL iTP at their small testing center. I accepted a contract that I thought was steep (initially but it ended up being complete bullshit) and worked way outside Bangkok with another guy that looks 89 years old. I had another side gig at a place that I found quite enjoyable (teaching a doctor) in an area that was just beautiful (but takes 1.5 hours to get home). You guys understand, now. The beginning of this year was tough. It was bleak. I got two jobs through emails and then turned down because the students wanted a “white” teacher. I began applying for jobs in Malaysia, Tunisia, France, Spain, etc. Lots of different offers were coming in, but I kept at it and stayed strong here. Guess what? It all paid off.
Nonetheless, I just want to review the hardships because that’s where the primary growth takes place. I never learn from seemingly non-stop success. So to see myself on what looks like the pillar of success, is the greatest thing that has ever happened. I’m humble, but here’s my Wheel of Life.
Job recruiters or recruitment agencies have already been displaced by websites like LinkedIn, Indeed.com, and Monster. Also, Craigslist has been replaced by other kinds of classified advertisements and other classified websites. If you just browse your social media like Facebook and Twitter, you can see many hiring managers leveraging those social media platforms for recruitment.
Uber, Lyft, and other car-sharing apps are disrupting the traditional taxi, rental cars and chauffeur companies, as well car ownership.
Airbnb, Booking.com, Trivago and HomeAway are disrupting the traditional homestays, traveller inns, hotel and motel industry.
Driverless cars, such as those being developed by Google, will be the next big thing that replaces all sorts of driving jobs like bus and truck drivers.
Drone technology may revolutionize the way products are delivered that will disrupt the traditional postman and post office clerk works. Amazon is trying to make that a reality in deploying drones as part of their delivery services. Drones may also replace air traffic controllers. For years to come, fighter pilots have been replaced by drones on numerous military missions. Also, Drone technology will pose a great threat to logistic companies like UPS, fast food delivery riders and postmen because logistic companies and fast food companies would deploy their drone devices to send goods and deliver a set of pizza to their customers’ doorsteps without the need for workers. Amazon and some fast food companies are already implementing these technologies.
3D printing is growing rapidly, and the technology is becoming better and faster. In a next few years, manufacturing a wide variety of goods could disrupt the manufacturing industry and diminish the importance of logistics and inventory management. Also, it is capable of lowering the cost for home ownership, too, in the next few years, as well as being capable of saving lives with prosthetic limbs and organs that scientists and medical professions have already been successful in doing.
Fast food workers will be the next big disruption because Fast food companies already invested in computerized kiosks which can take orders without the need for manpower. Retail cashiers have also been displaced at supermarkets and big box stores with self-checkout lines for customers to do their own checkout and some even already deployed robots to do human work and serve customers better
Online educational sites like Massively Open Online Courses with platforms like Udemy, Lynda/LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, Udacity, edx, Skillcrush, Codecademy, Team Treehouse and other online platforms have already offered leading university and college courses for free or for a fraction of the cost. This would allow the brick and mortar university and college professors to go freelance and run their courses which is known as micro-education or micro-colleges/universities.
YouTube, NetFlix and Hulu already disrupted the traditional television programmes, cable or satellite TV with a cheaper cost and a wide variety of programmes and movies. This gave people a preference to stream online.
Digital music started with the booming of the MP3 format, later, when Napster came along, it caused the traditional music stores like Tower Records to go bankrupt, due to poor sales. After the bankruptcy of Napster due to heavy fines for their copyright violation — then came along the Limewire, a P2P software that allowed MP3 downloads for free that caused another revolution that was eating the market of a traditional music store until the platform was closed down. However, the birth of Spotify and iTunes digital download and Apple Music, it allowed people to opt for the streaming music services that allow people to download or stream online for their favourite music.
Libraries and librarians are moving online because of the giant free service of Wikipedia have replaced the multi-volume encyclopedia and giant libraries. Here, the librarians used to help people find information and conduct research; now it can be done individually over the internet.
There was a saying ‘Farmers will be sitting idle to dictate things to his machines while his dogs would stand guard beside his master’, this rings true as more food than ever is being produced in the US.
Law will be the next disruption as with the advancement of software like legal technology firms in London already deplying advanced software like Casetext to ease the pain of legal research, making legal documentation easier than ever before. Some have already gone to a further extent to automate the jobs of paralegals, solicitors and law clerks in the near future. Also, with the advancement of AI, a law firm, the BakerHostetler in the US, hired their first robot lawyer to oversee their bankruptcy cases. Legal professions will be replaced by automation where one day you will shake the hands of an AI or a robot to represent you in the courtroom to argue your case and defend you! Now with the advancement of smart contract, legal documentation for contracts and other forms of the contract will once again be facing disruption where one-day legal profession will be fully automated.
E-commerce will be the disrupting the traditional brick and mortar shopping complexes, malls and convenience stores at a fast pace. When eBay came to the market in the 90s, it took the world by storm because you can sell and buy; even trade your goods and unwanted goods to other buyers so that you won’t waste your unwanted goods in your storeroom for people who were real fans of garage items or love buying second-hand goods as an antique. However, with Amazon, an online shopping website where it sold goods, services, Mp3 music and renting movies with the recent Amazon Prime subscription plans, has taken off in the US. Many small shopping complexes and convenience stores were vacated at a rapid rate because people flooded to shop online on Amazon and eBay.
By Content Writer Jiun Ting Yong
We are living in the 21st century and it is the post-Internet and Information Age. Now we are living in an age of exponential growth where disruptions are the normal thing to happen. It is hard to predict how many disruptions can happen in the next 5 years! We are living in an age of uncertainty due to exponential growth and technological advancement that can bring us so much. So prepare yourself for the next decade of disruption where your job can be eliminated by automation and artificial intelligence. An Oxford University research showed that about 47% of jobs will disappear for the next 25 years!
According to my research on the internet where you can easily dig into a handful of information at your own discretion, the next decades will be tough times for mankind as many people will be put out of jobs as long as your job is a high one with operational cost and higher salary cost. However, all these disruptions are nothing new as if you look back into the history of technology that goes back to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Industrial Revolutions; disruptions happened, especially in the 3rd Industrial Revolution since the desktop publishing that started the personal computing mania after the 1st Macintosh was put on the market in 1984! It had disrupted the traditional job market that was once dominated by men! Furthermore, since the internet boomed back in the 1990s, it allowed giant firms to outsource firms to the developing world like Apple Inc to China for assembling their iPhones and iPads; as well as IBM outsourced their IT work to India with just the clicks of a mouse!
Since the recession in 2008, Silicon Valley started a technological boom, it allowed startup companies to be very innovative like Airbnb and Uber, which allowed their services to be productised which then led them to start a revolution known as the sharing economy that has been a frenzy till now. This is the beginning of the age of exponential where it disrupted the hotel industry and the traditional taxi drivers by Airbnb and Uber.
Now these disruptions are only the beginning and it happened at a fast pace due to technological innovation and advancement. Here is a list of industries that are about to face disruption sooner than you might think.
Travel websites such as Expedia and Kayak have eliminated the need for human travel agents to book travel packages.
Tax software such as mobile applications like Wave Business where it allows users to automate their tax filing, can eliminate tens of thousands of jobs for tax accountants.
Newspapers, magazines and books have seen their circulative numbers decline steadily and traditional bookstores already shrank in size, having been replaced by online media or digital publishing companies. Blogs and digital subscriptions like Amazon Prime and Zinio Magazines also allow customers to subscribe with an affordable price. Self – publishing like Wattpads, Google Playbooks and Amazon Kindle allow indie bloggers and writers to publish and sell their materials. In addition to that, computer software and the latest technology like machine learning and AI are writing news stories, especially local news and sporting event results.
Just within the last couple of years, Borders bookstore in America (or barnes and Noble) had gone out of business and shut their doors (not sure if it’s all). Magazine subscriptions have plummeted significantly; meanwhile, websites like LasVegasSun.com are charging users to a monthly subscription to read news that’s actually given FREE. – Arsenio Buck
Language translation is becoming more and more accurate, with simple software which the same thing it goes for dictation and proof-reading. It has allowed the automation of translators and interpreters by installing software.
Financial professionals such as stock brokers, wealth planners and advisors will lose their business to online trading websites like eTrade and M4 Traders. Also, robo-advisors like Smartly and Robinhood. Robinhood is a free online brokerage service that was eating the market share of traditional human stockbrokers and wealth planners by automating tasks like selling and buying. Many banks are offering customers mobile apps or ATMs to make it more convenient for customers to make payments, bank transfers or deposit checks. Also, the boom of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology has allowed some financial technology to adopt and expand the technology which would disrupt the traditional banking industry because the world populations aren’t still unbanked and relying on a higher cost of money transfer. Moreover, the financial technology companies like Transferwise, which offered cheaper transfer fees, would disrupt the market share of banks.
Payment systems like Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, Payonner and PayPal — physical cash will become obsolete. Other forms of payment like credit and debit cards as well as traveller cheques, although these channels are old school, have started the disruption of traditional payment systems.
I had my content writer write a blog in terms of this because I do believe that very interesting times are lying ahead of us.
Stay tuned for more disruptions in the next blog!
Oh, another brilliant month filled with turbulence, but now tapping into my “hobbies” section at a rapid pace, unlike anything I’ve ever seen before! Let’s hit that one off first!
For those of you tuning in for the first time, this is an excellent exercise you can do on a routine basis: monthly, quarterly, or even yearly (which I don’t recommend). This exercise is to see if you have balance in your life and to see what areas you’ve been neglecting. So, let’s get into it!
Physical Environment: 10
I went with my instinct and terminated a job. This job was full of red flags, and I’m almost certain if I had taken that job, I would’ve been in melancholy for an entire year. They were so “perfect” in terms of doing everything by the book, but then after catching them in eyes and seeing how everything fell significantly, I bailed right before contract signing.
Now, I’m at a language center (although they’re forcing me to do things we didn’t agree upon) that’s giving me loads of work. There aren’t any foreign coordinators saying, “oh, I don’t think you can do this.” And it’s honestly a breath of fresh air because it’s literally the front office who’s running the show. Just perfect!
My condo, as always, has been great!
Fun & Hobbies: 10
First ever ten! Why? Three months = Malaysia, Singapore and Laos — first time in my life I’ve traveled in three back-to-back months (ok, I went to Sedona, Hawaii and moved to BKK back in 2013)…but Sedona is in America and Hawaii is also in America. This is an unprecedented three foreign countries!
These tens are not hyperbolic. They’re for real. Because of my ridiculous failure at the spartan Race last May, I decided to sign up with The Lab Bkk, a gym in the heart of Bangkok, and now I’ve been up, within three weeks, a significant amount of strength in my legs and upper body. My sleeping pattern is back on track and I’ve been eating….fairly decent. I’m 40 days away from the biggest competition of my life — and get this — a buddy who lives a couple of buildings over will also be flying out to Malaysia to compete, too! What are the odds!
Career: 10 +++++
Man, I’ve already stated it last month, but this month I’ve just kicked off a joint podcast with my main man Luke Burrows called Motivational Mentors, a show with two mentors answering questions from the crowd and showing their excellence, growth, fortitude and direction. I’ve also interviewed a soon-to-be millionaire and I’ve done two other podcasts: one with an extraordinary author with an awe-inspiring, captivating story, and another with a radio show host. I mean I can’t ask for more! I’ve also completed surveys for my website and podcast, changed the name of my Facebook page, post my podcasts on YouTube and so many other things. It’s pure bliss and it continues to climb, especially with the help of a massive content writer I met…through Luke Burrows!
Ok, it’s just because I had a terrible month last month in terms of saving. I was in the last transition phase and turned down two classes because I thought I was going to accept a job at a place that I later denied. Next month, though? Oh….pfft. It’s going DOWN!
Family & Friends: 6
Now, family is always 0. We know this. Lol.
Friends though? Well, the content writer gives me unbelievable feedback when I go through transgressions. Not only that, but I have a friend who gives me very useful feedback. I won’t include the other individual because that boat has sailed, but it’s there and it’s climbing.
Personal Development: 10
From the SkyTrain, to walking, the gym, while I’m at home, morning routine, evening routine. It’s pure fire and I’m reading and listening more than I ever had in the past.
What I love about looking up statistics is I can pinpoint and see where people are listening to me around the world. I’ve seen the likes of Macedonia, Cyprus, St. Lucia, India and so many other isolated and heavily populated countries.
I really want to say thank you to all of you.
On the other hand, I see where some people are snooping around. I think it’s beyond comical because of course as beings, we’re attracted to negativity. Believe me, I was trapped in a vortex (I’ll be talking about it on Sunday) because of events that have been unfolding just about everywhere.
I’ll bring you to the moment when I saw my first explosion on my podcast. During the summer months of 2016, my plays increased significantly and I was excited about what was culminating….until.
Until…..that moment when someone knocked on my door before class and said, “hello. Ummmm some of the teachers are angry about what you said on your podcast.”
I was befuddled. Completely disbelief and my tongue was tied. This is a podcast that was made for inspiration, and then one individual decided to focus on a couple podcasts, out of hundreds, and try to “blackmail” me out of my job so he can obtain more work.
Only The Beginning
I’ve never been a part of this before, going back to my days at different dental faculty practices in two countries. I was so angry that I made the rant of the ages as soon as I got home, racking in 7 live listeners and a couple dislikes (from the snakes). It didn’t stop me, but then I got a verbal warning and laughed it off.
The recent podcast I had with Celina was a dandy because she said, “you need to be yourself unapologetically.” Guys, if I see something that isn’t right, I have to speak my mind about it. If I see a bunch of sex tourists getting jobs and even work over me, that’s not right.
However, this is the circle of concern. Just like China, this is a massive problem. Japan, South Korea, Vietnam jobs posting “white-caucasian only” in the job titles. It’s horrendous, but then again I work with people who would just say “rise above it.”
Well, getting back to the statistics. I was showing my student yesterday about what countries were viewing my blog, and I’ve been seeing crazy views coming from Thailand. I automatically assume that it’s someone snooping around, but the most interesting part about it was just a few days ago. Rambles and chatter in the workplace, people taking notice of me standing up for myself…..
Then, last night I saw a MASSIVE INCREASE through my website, blog, google chrome and other areas. There were more than 25 plays on that particular podcast alone (and no others). I hurried to put the podcast on a limited access link BECAUSE…..
THEY ATE THE BAIT
So, I’m not a vengeance type of guy. I don’t go out seeking to take people down, but now I’m just laughing away because let’s just put it this way….I CAN WIN BIGGGGGG.
You always have to protect yourself. Luckily over the past few months I met a friend who’s a lawyer and works for a firm. So she luckily knows the entire story.
Not only that, but then it could backfire on the plaintiff if they choose to get ridiculous about it.
Since it’s the end of my tenure, just let “bygones-be-bygones”
The point is Thai (Gen B especially) are the most visceral towards African Americans. They’re the most close-minded and the worst part is they’re influencing the up and coming generations. Can I stop it? Absolutely not. Even if I become a powerful, inspirational figure. The point is you have to focus on your core genius and let the NOISE be NOISE.
The Good Note
The good note is it’s all done. The day-tight compartments are sealed and now I can breathe and move on with my life. Focus on the things that you can control and don’t stand for mistreatment. I loved when women started voicing their opinions recently. It was a beautiful thing because they started to stand up for themselves. Well, at all costs, I have to stand up for Arsenio and for color people all over Asia and let the world know that America isn’t the only cesspool of racial hatred. Yes, we can rise above it, but voices must be heard.
And with that being said, that’s the end of this story in terms of this workplace. It’s not to focus on the future. This will be my last entry EVER about this topic, but do click the links in blue above so you can hear the several podcasts I’ve recorded over the last couple of years!
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.
Back in the early stages of last year, I was already looking at making my way to Bangkok. I wanted to be around a community of great, entrepreneurial-minded people. I contacted this gym called The Lab BKK online and spoke with a man name Rich – who just so happens to be on my podcast today. I was very apprehensive with the entire ordeal, but I just decided to join the class shortly after the Spartan Competition back in September. After 30 minutes of this particular cardio class, I was completely dead. I bought a package, and 5 months later, I’ve never looked so sexy before in my life (HA!).
Moving onto the man of the hour – Rich Cohen – a fitness entrepreneur in Thailand and originally from England. The first time I met him, he beamed with this aura of optimism. I’m attracted (no pun intended – don’t get it twisted) to people who are just a bundle of great energy. I spoke with him the entire class about different things, but it wasn’t until two days ago when I asked myself, “just ask him about joining the podcast.” He agree – instantaneously – and here is some show notes, questions, answers and an intro from him.
“I was 21-years old, wheelchair-bound, sitting in my parent’s backyard smoking a joint, slowly en-route to recovery following a near fatal neck and back injury.”
Richard went on to say that he had that “jesus” moment. That moment that most of us (I hope) say “enough is enough.” He came to Thailand in 2004 in a remarkable prime. Since there were only 1-3 fitness guys around at the time, he built what’s turning into an empire. Full one-hour podcast down below!
Also, his personal thoughts on the Ketogenic Diet
“I used it for my competition and it worked well for me personally as a fat loss strategy, although I got very sick towards the end and it has taken me a few months to reset the way my body functions since introducing more carbs and protein.
I think it works well for certain people, for instance a friend of mine is type 1 diabetic and an endurance athlete (triathlon) he says going on that diet has been life changing for him as a blood glucose management tool.
Long term I’m not sure what the health implications are consuming that many fats.
Some diets suit different people, I always encourage people to experiment with different types and take bits from each that works well for them.”
I made a blog about a year ago on the ketogenic diet. I received some backlash and whatnot, but it was all based on opinion. I’m not someone who sticks to a strict diet. I love my pizza and my hamburgers, although not excessively.
Nonetheless, to see this many create a business which is booming in Bangkok and ultimately going from wheelchair to champion – is simply amazing. He did an ultra-marathon in the Atacama Desert in Chile. I’ve been contemplating about doing an ultra-beast, and now I think I’ve been inspired to achieve it because of this inspirational figure.