So, I’ve been signed on to LinkedIn for the longest, connecting with people who I never messaged before in my life. I’ve heard Gary Vee speak about how great LinkedIn in the professional realm, but I really never got a firm grasp around the true potential of it.
Then came yesterday. A day when I was teaching executives high up in the sky in Bangkok and coming across a website that was launched between 2006-2008 that kind of mirrored LinkedIn. I went on google to look it up at the time of teaching to see if it was actually real (I had extreme doubts), but it later checked out as being – real.
I scrolled down maybe 1 inch, and it was basically finished. Whatever this professional website was, they had the golden opportunity in their hand to succeed, but for whatever reason, they ended up failing. :/
My students then asked me, “LinkedIn? What’s that?”
I went on there to show them some things: jobs, profiles, pictures, banners, etc. I showed them who I followed, which I ended up clicking the “follow” button under Grant Cardone (real-estate titan and an excellent follow base). Nonetheless, I realized that there were lots of jobs for teaching positions; more importantly, education/counselling positions, which are the ones I want to go for.
With easy apply, uploading of a resume, and a dozens of other things that have already become readily available on the platform, I was applying for jobs while commuting. The best feature is when you get an email stating, “the job recruiter just viewed your application.” If only email in general can have this type of function — DOH!
Fast-fowarding to Monday evening when I met my wonderful graphic designer. We went, and are going over the last bits of my new logo, which is going to be super-imposed on virtually everything so I can expand my brand (first time this is ever happening, so I’m pretty damn excited). I told her about LinkedIn and she too, was a little bit lost about it. With her capabilities at the age of 21, and being able to manipulate just about anything with a computer, she’s going to be famous soon. What I’m trying to do is hurry up and get some help out of her before her prices get jacked up (lol).
Anyways, with the logos come the banner. I told her to make me 3 specific banners for the most important platforms.
These are the following platforms I had to choose from: Facebook (two pages), Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and Linkedin.
Of course FB has the largest following base, so I decided to put FB at number two; however, number one and easily the most important one is LinkedIn. Just knowing that companies, professionals, managers and owners from all over the world can click and access my work on my profile goes to show the importance.
Whatever you’re doing right now in terms of building brands; whether it’s going on Patreon because you’re an artist, or Soundcloud because you’re a rapper……depending on the realm of what you’re trying to launch in, consider LinkedIn because it’s the breeding grounds for so many opportunities.
Lewis Howes, like a lot of people, endured the biggest heartbreak of his life when he slammed into an arena football game wall, snapping his hand and never was able to recuperate. Having thought football was everything to him, he felt his life was over. He was depressed and living on his sister’s couch – free of rent.
Back in 2008, when even students, like me, got hit hard due to the economic collapse, it was impossible for him to get an opportunity. He was then introduced to Linkedin, and he just wanted to be around people who were successful and those who can inspire him. Somewhat similar to Lisa Nichols’ story (born and raised in south central L.A. and ultimately made a decision that she would learn what people at a conference nearby were learning).
When he started learning about the possibilities of Linkedin, he began increasing his profile, which then lead to him meeting big influencers. He started hosting events, charged door fees, and he ultimately pocketed 2k per month and moved out of his sister’s home.
“I think because I came with energy and passion, I attracted opportunities. I attracted people to come to these events. I became passionate about teaching, because no one else was talking about LinkedIn the way I was. I made it fun when LinkedIn is very boring for a lot of people.”
Excerpt From: Gary Vaynerchuk. “Crushing It!.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/crushing-it/id1229850109?mt=11
See, this just resonates with me to the core. I have to share a story that just recently happened in terms of energy.
My student, who lives in a gated community, goes biking in the evenings. He sees a man normally, gazing off in the lake before his wife comes behind him – hugging him. He told me anytime he feels amazing, he sees the man. If he has feelings of negativity, he never sees this particular individual.
He made something fun that was considered boring. Ring a bell? That’s right. The majority of Thai students in Thailand find English learning boring, but I make it fun, separating myself from the majority of foreigners.
He would talk to these business people, asking them what’s the biggest challenge you have in your company right now? He would then point in the direction of graphic designers, artists, other people of specific professions to help these individuals. He was a connector.
He approached bars and restaurants and always asked himself the question, “how can I make this particular thing valuable for them?”
The hustle ensued, the door money began to go up, then boom! – just like that he was making a million.
2008-2010 was the absolute golden era. I remember watching YouTube videos back on 2008, and my sister would watch this YouTube kid who would make funny videos. Forgot his name, but if he’s still making videos today, he now earns millions. That’s without a doubt.
People pinpoint this 2008 as being the worst time ever, but it was the transition phase to something so open for just about everything to put their hands into.
“It’s not hard to figure out why so many who attempt to do it fail. In general, it’s because they’re putting their energies into the wrong things. They care, but not enough about what really matters. And what really matters is a pretty short list: intent, authenticity, passion, patience, speed, work, and attention.”
Excerpt From: Gary Vaynerchuk. “Crushing It!.” iBooks.
What Gary put into his book is something of some beautiful beauty.
Authenticity – you’ve probably heard me rant about the Instagrammers, like the women, who show their half-naked bodies in pictures, supporting brands. The motivational speakers on Twitter who never communicate with their followers; even the 100k followers on Twitter who have maybe two likes on each post (although they have 100k followers)?
It’s about being authentic. The stories I tell you about my life here in Thailand cannot be fabricated. I can’t lie about the pictures, the racism, the things I’ve seen in terms of sexual occurrences on public transportation, the comments spewed at me like “eww, low-class! Black man! Dirty! Nigerian scammer!” It’s as real as it gets, but through personal development and learning so much in books, I’ve made my podcasts into a life experience and try relating it to my listeners as much as I can.
Passion is something that can’t be taught. I love inspiring, instilling, transforming and helping my students, and listeners, from all over the world achieve their goals. Students need a particular score on a test to get into a university abroad – done. That’s what I do. I live vicariously through them, and by creating a website and courses online to help students achieve those goals for very little – this is what I live for. The passion you hear behind my voice on my podcast…..that’s all authentic.
Patience & Attention coincide with one another. Some people want things to happen instantly. It doesn’t work like that. It takes time, commitment and hard-work — on top of constant and never-ending content creating — to get the world’s attention. Just recently I saw that Lebanon and Fiji came onto my podcast. That’s a beautiful thing and I would’ve never thought in a thousand years people would listen to me from those countries. However, it wasn’t like that in the beginning. I had the 45-75-year-old-wife tourists eavesdropping on me at my job, and a couple listeners back in Menlo Park, California. That’s all. A (what I call catfish friend) back in Denpensar, Bali, Indonesia once asked me, “ummm you haven’t made a podcast in a long time. What are you doing? Your listeners, however little, need you.”
Don’t expect massive engagements, people. Your followers, who are loyal, need that attention. Don’t give up because you have only 10-100 Instagram followers.
Can I ask everyone why they want to become an entrepreneur?
Is it to share knowledge with the world? Help people in general? Build a legacy? Financial security? Create a community?
“With entrepreneurship becoming so trendy, a lot of people are calling themselves entrepreneurs who really aren’t. They should call themselves wantrepreneurs instead, and I wish they’d do this before they ruin the reputation of real entrepreneurs the same way unscrupulous brokers ruined how some feel about real estate agents or the way ambulance chasers and media hounds tarnished our opinion of lawyers. (And I wish they’d rename themselves before they waste a lot of time and potentially money). I promise you that getting into this game for the gold is the quickest path to long-term failure. When your intent is coming from the wrong place, customers may still do business with you if they have no other option (an increasingly rare situation), but they won’t tell others to. ”
Excerpt From: Gary Vaynerchuk. “Crushing It!.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/crushing-it/id1229850109?mt=11
See, he took the words right out of Lisa Nichols mouth. She said in the interview, “if you’re in it for the money, it’s a short-lived victory.”
I recently stated on either a FB post or Twitter that your goal needs to be bigger than your money and you. I went to NIST, which is the best international school in Thailand, and I met a couple of students, who are rich, that created a hub for a rural village in Cambodia – giving them clean water and food. I asked the director, “why do they do that?” He retorted, “that’s their life-work.”
See, if you have any company that’s predicated on the fact that you want money to buy women, buy fame, being in the social circle where women are extremely fit and showing all their skin, show your cars, jewelry, etc…..you’ve lost the game already. Pack it up. You’re never going to live a fullfilled life – period. I currently work with men who are well over 50, 60, and 70 years of age who live paycheck-by-paycheck in Thailand. Met an Irishmen who’s completely stuck here, saying that he lost his job in Saudi Arabia and married the wrong woman and had two wrong children.
Ok, that’s a little bit different from start-ups and business owners, but don’t live with the same type of regret. I implore you not to.
Gary Vee wrote this in his book, and I’ve now adopted it as my life-work. My love for teaching, which is unmatched compared to 99.9% teachers here in Thailand, is unshakable. My desire to provide value both in classroom, on camera, through voice, and anyway I can is considered my life-assignment. My commitment to service, especially with me starting up a non-profit organization to reach out to rural villages in southeast Asia, is not for fame – but it’s for the love of who I am and my legacy.
My money blueprint as a child was ugly. My mother fought to put food on the table when my dad let his salary go….somewhere. My mom cooked flour tortillas in vegetable oil to put some food in our stomachs before sleeping. I remember paying the game “Real Monsters” and being in the cafeteria of the game, envisioning eating food within the game because I was so hungry in reality. You can see where all of this comes from now.
Dig deep and find out the true essence of why you want to become an entrepreneur. If it’s for a quick buck, you’re in the wrong game.
War can be eliminated only by education, through the aid of the principle of subordination of the individual interests to the broader interests of the human race as a whole. Any plan to abolish war, to be success, depends upon the successful co-ordination of effort between all the churches and schools of the world for the avowed purpose of so fertilizing the minds of the young with the idea of abolishing war that the very word “war” will strike terror in their hearts.
Napoleon Hill said this a very long time ago just before WWII if I’m not mistaken. Amazing, huh? Because shortly after that, Hitler’s army began the genocide of Jews. I don’t remember exactly how the world was back in the 30’s, but as Gary Vee and so many people have said, “we’re living in one of the greatest eras ever!”
Can I ask those who are reading this a question? You could be reading this the day of, a week later, month, year, 10 years, or even generations: “how bad is the world at this very moment?”
I know things have been created since the dawn of the new millennium, but there aren’t tens of thousands dying as there were back in the 70’s, 60’s and downward.
Napoleon Hill wrote something so beautiful in his book.
War can be eliminated, not by appeal to reason, but by appeal to the emotional side of humanity. This appeal must be made by organizing and highly emotionalizing the people of different nations of the world in support of a universal plan for peace, and this plan must be forced upon the minds of the oncoming generations with the same diligent care that we now force upon the minds of our young the ideal of our respective religions.
It’s not stating the possibilities too strongly to say that the churches of the world could establish universal peace as an international ideal within one generation if they would but direct toward that end one-half of the effort which they now employ in opposing one another.
If the organized religions of the world, as they now exist, will not subordinate their individual interests and purposes to that of establishing universal peace, then the remedy lies in establishing a universal church of the world that will function through all races and whose creed will be based entirely upon the one purpose of implanting in the minds of the young the ideal of world-wide peace.
I’ve always thought about how the Olympics are. Look at the format. Each country walks out holding their flag, but there’s no unity happening. There isn’t a general consensus white flag being hailed into the air, showing peach and love. The countries, and coming out to their different songs, anthems and alfits just shows more segregation. Really, think about it.
If all religions, churches, creeds and colors can finally unite as one, there would be no more war. Organized effort, not individual effort.
There’s really no other way to explain what I just read by just showing you what I just read – all credit to Ajarn.com, the place where apparently “men” go to lose their feelings and talk about how bad life is here in Thailand.
As an African American, I’m completely appalled at the fact that so many people, of a completely favorable skin-tone, can complain about this country. I mean, I was turned away at immigration and treated badly at the main dog house in the heart of Bangkok five years ago, I was looked down upon at the border crossing (Sadow) where a family before me went to the window and the lady gave them a proper “why”; however, when I approached the window, she gave me a disparaging look as if I was the worst drug-dealer on the face of planet Earth. Does this happen to “anglos” here? Absolutely not.
I’m pointing out ethnicities simply because this is what I’ve talked about all long. Those “whiny bitch parties.”
Without further ado, there’s a little entry thingy on this particular website called the “great escape.” The man, who doesn’t even need to be mentioned, is the creator of this – telling Native English Speaking teachers who have left Thailand to write an entry on why they left.
This is one of those cases…..
I wasn’t qualified enough as a teacher and the ESL industry in Thailand doesn’t allow for any sort of nurturing or learning of teaching abilities, except in a really cruel and counter-productive manner to the actual idea of teaching.
The way Thailand immigration and work laws are set up simply doesn’t allow for any sort of real growth in teaching or for students learning ESL. I wish I had done my research better and I had more realistic expectations to start with, because it really didn’t end well.
The first job, I got sacked from a high rotation agency for little reason and extremely roughly in a way that went directly against the contract I signed.
Second job was for a school that was little more than a prison for rich boys with an unbelievably toxic bully culture – and they had no curriculum, exam papers or even textbooks. I resigned from that one.
Even the international school I applied for was super wrong. They couldn’t even arrange a demonstration class for me properly and got me to travel back and forth three times before they threw me into a science class to demonstrate an English class I had prepared. Of course I didn’t get the job and I now understand I was set up to look incompetent because they couldn’t be bothered to manage things right.
My self-esteem plummeted and I guess I must have “lost face” with my own partner, with whom I’d arranged to marry after the school year ended. I told her I didn’t believe I was qualified enough (to be honest I don’t think anyone is except for local teachers) to teach in Thailand. We couldn’t realistically keep the same date for marriage so I suggested postponing. She kicked me out – taking my bike and leaving me in a hotel with only what luggage I could carry (after a 3-year relationship).
It’s a terminal issue that goes way beyond me. I met other teachers who were either alcoholics drowning their issues into oblivion, losers, sex pests using the local women for their man-ventures, people running away from their own countries for whatever reason, ditzy backpackers or gap year folk looking for a working holiday (probably the best way to do things), actual teachers who were extremely bitter (for good reason), or good folk who were stuck in relationship quagmires like me. The long-termers all seemed stuck in a toxic situation and all seemed miserable.
I realised that I was contributing to a more ingrained pattern of a toxic education system that is highly budgeted but highly ineffective in teaching English.
I got burnout from teaching and got treated badly by immigration and country in record time, and then everything I had built just fell apart. That could have been a good thing because it could have gotten worse. I saved money from the dowry (for a relationship gone bust) and I have that to get me by back at home.
First of all, how could you rely on immigration to help you with your personal and professional development as a teacher? I mean that’s what “schools” are suppose to provide, right? I mean I’m working at a language center which has declined rapidly because they don’t have development curriculums and classes that teachers can take to improve their teaching capabilities in a particular subject. This is all because the foreign coordinator — and has nothing to do with the Thai system, immigration, or Thai culture.
The second school he was at where he detailed, “no curriculum, no textbooks, no nothing” is a reasonable find, but I’ve been through those, too. However, can I just back up the Thais on this one? How about China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia…etc….do they have the same problems? The Australians and British within Thailand always love comparing saying, “back home in England we have such an unbelievable system that prepares students – BLAH BLAH BLAH!” Yeah, and they also have men shoving Africans off subway trains while spewing racial rhetoric. This “I’m from England; therefore, I’m the greatest man on the planet” nonsense has to stop.
Him losing self-esteem is not because of what he went through, but because he allowed it to happen. I lost my self-esteem when Thai women shouted racial comments at me on social media. However, I got it back by taking personal development into my own hands. When he told his partner this, I can tell almost immediately that she was a bargirl. No girl would kick a man to the curb, take his stuff, and leave him at a hotel. My guess is again, he was a 40-70-year-old man like I’ve told you about a many of times.
If your is in the wrong place, you’re going to lose the game. Those foreigners that come here winning the 1st and 2nd quarters will end up losing the game. I can assure you that.
Phew, I woke up in the morning on February 6th, contemplating whether or not I was going to block this fair-weather person who I had just met a week prior. This person, who has sent me a crazy amount of jobs on a daily basis, has never given me a job. Let’s put it this way, imagine that you met someone on a job site and she would send you daily job updates on newly updated gigs. You “apply” for those gigs through an application, and then that’s the end. You literally waste time applying for something that doesn’t even exist – either that or the students are just very adamant with studying with a colored guy.
Anywho, I was contemplating in the shower and I told myself, “Arsenio, don’t just pull the historical action of blocking someone without saying anything. Confront her, check out what’s going on, then make a decision.”
I did just that. A couple hours later I got a response from her telling me what was going on. I said to myself, “man, regardless if I think she’s full of $hit, I would’ve gotten rid of her without any explanation.” This is my problem. Impulse. When you’re in doubt and you’re not sure what’s going on, ask the question. Straight up.
Let me explain this particular day. After the events that have taken place the last few days in terms of me finally resigning and getting out of the toxic environment, I’ve been pondering worse case scenarios (and I should resort back to my Dale Carnegie book) because I don’t know what’s happening. What’s next. Will I get a job? Will a company accept me? I need primary income while building this empire on YouTube.
I was walking this morning, adding up all the figures and figuring out what I should do. A job, which I thought pulled a hiatus a week ago, messaged me two days after I sent the initial message. This was the online teaching gig – and now it’s a thing of the past. I tried looking at other ways of making income and nothing was happening.
Luckily and thankfully I got a quick response from a companion, telling me to fulfill a role in the afternoon before doing my evening gig. On top of that, I got a new student. However, the most disturbing aspect of it all was the potential was my job-for-only-7-more-weeks offering me two classes, which I haven’t been offered a god damn thing in the last four months. It’s almost like a slap in the faith. But what should I do: hold my pride together and say “f*** you,” or accept the job because it’s income? Explanation in the podcast down below.