The Most Important Questions of Your Life

The most important questions that schools do not ask students.  I’ve done this before, and I’ve also replicated what Vishen Lakhiani did in one of his videos.  These questions are vastly important for a lot of people, but yet they go undiscovered because of outside influences.  With the PDF that I provided below and with plenty of empty space, get your life back together and take charge NOW!

Here are some of the questions I’ve answered….

What is my life purpose? To inspire people with my voice all around the world; to build an organization that brings innovation to rural villages and focus on the core geniuses of individuals; to make learning English as easy as possible and build a thriving community where people can help one another on a daily basis.

What are my dreams?

What are my goals?

What am I grateful for?

What makes me happy? Running, speaking, living and laughing.  I make sure I do my exercise once a day to bring that fulfillment that’s needed at the beginning of the day.  I also speak (with my podcasts, live video, or YouTube) on a routine basis (and that’s teaching, too).  I feel most alive when I’m speaking and working out; therefore, I’ve dedicated an amount of time to do these things.

How would I like to grow personally? Become a better empathic listener.  To build and nurture my relationships and not let go so easily.

How would I like to grow spiritually?

What would my perfect relationship look like? Walking anywhere and anywhere in the world, unattached to “our” surroundings while blissfully laughing the day away.  Interdependency and not having to rely heavily on one another like traditional relationships.

What would my ideal family life consist of?

What is something that I’ve always wanted to do?

What would I like more of in my life? Free time.  I’m dedicating far too much time to something that students can learn with (and will learn with) through virtual reality in the coming years.

What would I like to do more of in my life? Enjoy the little things.  Spontaneity.

Where would I like to travel? Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Macedonia, Kenya, Egypt, Morocco, Fiji, Samoa, Norway, Sweden, Croatia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Panama.

Where would I like to live? For now, Asia.  In about ten years, I want to establish my presence in South America where I’ll retire.

What career would I ideally choose or create for myself?

What are my financial goals?

How can I give back within my community?

Which causes or charities would I like to be more involved with?

If I could change the world, how would I make it a better place?

Life Goals Assessment

TOEIC: Causative Verbs

Causative verbs show that someone or something made a certain action happen.  The most common causative verbs are get, make, and have.  Verbs like order, cause, force, and want can also be causative verbs.  They are followed by noun clauses.

  • If the direct object of the causative verbs make, have, and let perform the action, the simple (base) form of a verb is used.
  • If the direct object of other causative verbs (such as get, want, order, cause, etc.) perform the action, to plus the simple (base) form of a verb is used.
  • If the direct object of the causative verb receives the action, the past participle form of a verb is used.
  1. Example: He had the secretary sign for the package.
  2. Example II: He ordered everyone to leave the room.
  3. Example: III: We will want the invoices returned at once.

 

  1. In the future, the company will not let its part-time and temporary employees _______ overtime.
  1. to work
  2. be working
  3. worked
  4. work

2) Despite 20 years of success, the financial stress and burden of the sudden recession made the partnership _________.

  1. fail
  2. to fail
  3. failed
  4. to be failed

3) The firm wants its product __________ safely and in a timely manner; otherwise it will seek an alternative shipper.

  1. package
  2. be packaged
  3. packaged
  4. packaging

4) All employees were able to get their pay checks ___________ before the power outage closed the banks.

  1. deposits
  2. deposited
  3. depositing
  4. be deposited

5) The severe weather conditions in the airplane regions forced the airlines _________ all outgoing flights and diver incoming planes.

  1. cancelling
  2. to cancel
  3. cancel
  4. canceled

6) I received a text message from Takeshi yesterday, and it mentioned that they had the equipment ___________ yesterday.

  1. shipped
  2. ship
  3. was shipped
  4. was being shipped

7) Before Annie ran out for a meeting yesterday, she had Ms. Brunelli _________ the new clear around the premises. 

  1. show
  2. showed
  3. showing
  4. was showed

8) The increase in layoffs over the past two fiscal periods has caused everyone ___________ less secure.

  1. feels
  2. felt
  3. was felt
  4. to feel

9) What company besides ours would make its employees __________ overtime on a national holiday?

  1. will be working
  2. worked
  3. be working
  4. work

10) A wise consumer gets his or her phone order __________ in writing before submitting payment.

  1. confirming
  2. confirms
  3. confirmed
  4. confirm

 

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TOEIC – Verbs – Causative

 

TOEIC Listening: Part II – Question & Response + Audio

Welcome back to my first ever listening listening lesson! I’ve gone over common distractors before, but now I want to do it with audio so you guys have a more thorough understanding.

The most important part about question and response is understand the five 5’w: who, what, where, when, why – also, the how much, how many, which, etc.

If you don’t know what is being asked, you might ultimately end up answering the wrong question.  It’s imperative to understand the first word in the recording.  Here are some distractors down below.

 

A. Same word unrelated meaning

If you hear the same word, be careful! It could be a distractor!

B. Related subject doesn’t answer the question

It may relate to one or two words but doesn’t answer the questions.

C. Similar Sound – Different/unrelated word.

Sometimes the incorrect choices use words that sound similar to the ones in the recording.

Q. Has the sale improved profits?

A. Yes, it is for sale.

Q. Where can I buy a cheap air conditioner?

A. I agree that it’s very cheap.

Q. Have you met the new staff?

A.  No, it’s not the same stuff.

YouTube – Please watch the video before looking at the recording script and downloading the PDF!

 

 

Recording Script (Spoiler)

  1. What are the arrangements for tomorrow?
  1. There are a range of goods.
  2. Yes, it’s tomorrow.
  3. We’ll meet at 10.

2) Who’s taking the minutes?

a. I’ve asked Steve to do it.

b. It takes about an hour.

c. Jim’s talking now.

3) Why did he say he was late?

a. The traffic was very light.

b. His alarm didn’t go off.

c. He got up on time.

4) How were her findings received?

a. Very positively.

b. She couldn’t find them.

c. The receiver is broken.

5) What company did you use to ship the parcel?

a. I sent it by ship.

b. There were a lot of packages to send.

c. We used freightstar as usual.

6) How can I change my computer password?

a. Yes, I think you need a change.

b. You’ll have to talk to the support staff

c. To keep your computer safe.

PDF

Question & Response PDF

Ramble of Positivity: Episode 19 – The Emergence of ??????

Man, oh man! It’s been a long time since I’ve done a ramble of positivity, and I’m super grateful to be back! Two weeks into the New Years….it’s definitely at a surplus in terms of projects, teaching and learning.  However, there is a little bit of an issue.

Now, I told myself I needed to live in these day-tight compartments because I have no idea what’s going on in the future.  Honestly, within the next three months, there’s a massive chance that I might experience a major transition (leaving from Thailand).

At the beginning of the New Year, I thought I was destined to land a job with a 65-year-old language school in Bangkok.  The interview process was superb and everything went well.  However, after a follow-up email and a week later, I got scared.  I felt that something was happening, but wasn’t sure what.  That feeling lead to me not getting the job for VERY OBVIOUS THAI REASONS and then there was the question: “should I keep doing this?”

I’ve preached so much about going after your purpose.  I’m getting ideas now about developing a curriculum online that students can easily access and learn English all over the world – a system that can trump language centers in a heartbeat.  This is going to take some massive pondering and setting up, but I’m pretty excited about it.

There comes a time in life, however, when you just get sick and tired of nonsense.  I’ve dealt with racial degradation for five years already.  In the beginning, it was new.  I needed to go through the amount of hell for me to become the influential person I am today.  On the other hand, the things that I continue going through today is just — boring.  I already got the point.  Yes, I’m a brown guy living in one of the most anti-brown guy countries on the face of planet Earth….which brings me to the questions….

Am I still learning?

  • Hell no.

Am I still growing?

  • In terms of my podcast, YouTube, Herbalife, speaking, etc….absolutely.  As a teacher in my primary job – absolutely not.

Are there still opportunities?

  • The only way I stay in Thailand is if I work at a multi-national country and make over 100,000 baht (3,300 USD). Other than that, side-projects are great, but they don’t provide anymore than just that – a side project.

Do I still want to live here?

  • Well, lets just say in a perfect world everything goes well and I can work in Bangkok….my max is one year — this year.  After that, I’m finished.  Unless something miraculous happens, I’m over Asia.

Is this a place to live for the next ten years?

  • I don’t know what opportunity Thailand provides anymore because of the amount of obstacles I have to go through.  The proving grounds and continuous (can you send us a video of how you teach) versus other teachers getting the job because of the color of their skin — it’s just pointless.  I don’t have to prove myself anymore.  With Facebook pages in the education and podcast sector totalling over 10,000 likes and constant content creation: “you said I needed to make a video because?”

What’s the end goal?

  • True happiness.  True fulfillment.  That’s why I do my ‘wheels of life’ on a monthly basis.  However, if there’s one area that’s causing 80% of my unhappiness, it’s the constant “needing a job” and trying to figure out the process.  My end goal is to obvious have my website up and running, posting videos on Facebook regularly, creating blogs, putting out content, doing things with other students and creating videos on a multitude of platforms.  On top of that, I still absolutely love teaching, but other than the money, what’s the point of staying here anymore?  I need to be smart about the process and see what situation I’ll possibly be heading into.  If I can make residual income on a monthly basis, Thailand would be finished.  Let’s just put it that way.

I’m so happy and grateful for being able to teach wonderful students a language and an idea with that language over the last three days.

I’m truly grateful for the present I got from a Deputy Prime Minister last night – and also knowledge along with that.

With all my heart, Im thankful for all areas of my life.  I’m extremely thankful for the wonderful people I’ve met the past few days and the dozens of new friends I’ve made.  I’m grateful for the posters on my FB pages who want more.  I’m thankful for my friends who tune into my blog, along with other bloggers; and I’m also super happy about my podcast and everyone viewing my videos on YouTube.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Now, I just added in the emergence….and you will be amazed who this person is.  17 years…..and he decided to add me on FB.  Oh, what a story this is going to be!  Only in the podcast!

Podcast

https://www.spreaker.com/user/thearseniobuckshow/the-ramble-of-positivity-episode-19-the-

 

Do Not Sink – Our Greatest Motivations Come Wrapped In Sandpaper: Part II

I never, and I mean I NEVER take things at face-value.

For two-and-a-half weeks I waited — constantly checking my email to see if a job prospective emailed me.  After an interview, which went down about 10 days prior happened, I almost thought that this job was locked in.  I even moved into Bangkok to get situated and prepare my new life for 2018.

Days went by…..no email.

I then spoke with one of my students on January the 6th and he gave me a huge dose of my own chemistry.

“Arsenio, you already know what happened.”

I retorted, “wait, what do you mean by that?

“You know exactly what I mean.”

The implication was they found someone else but just didn’t want to say anything to me.

However, I truly believed the interview went SO WELL that there was no way in hell I could be denied the job!  I’m unbelievably grateful because that night, after so many years of teaching, my student was the teacher and I wasn’t the student.  The closure and free-ing up of my attention units came back to me and I went on the grind again.

I sat there scratching my head saying, “well, what now?”

You know what now, Arsenio.  It’s time to close the chapter on this country you call Thailand.

What’s next lies on the horizon.

Podcast

https://www.spreaker.com/user/thearseniobuckshow/dont-sink-our-great-motivations-come-wra

Stay or Go?

2013-2018 – Thailand.  Boy, how can I even breakdown what has happened over these years.  Was most of it good? Good came out of what was extremely bad.  The “ewww, black man! Low-class! Pimp! Black people are the worst.  Black people are dirty.  No black teachers here.  White old men are more handsome than young black men.  Don’t put black teachers in school photos.”  These comments are just a microcosm of what I’ve been through, from the top of management in my current company to just randoms.

It’s been a battle.  It’s been a battle that put me in the darkest corner of my life, wonderful what I was going to do next with my life.

There comes a time when you have to say, “is it worth it?”

Thailand is an opportunistic country – if you’re a certain “color” through the eyes of these people.

What I thought was a golden job opportunity turned out to be a racial issue.  After going through a racially influenced expunging from a company, only to be harassed by my boss and threatened, I started applying for jobs all around the world.  However, one Monday morning I got “6” projects (which is frankly 2 now) and decided to move here to Bangkok.  Two days before I moved here, I had probably the best interview of my life.  We talked about so many particulars going forward with the company and I was beyond excited about what had happened.  This was it! A free-lance type job where I got to different companies to teach a variety of different things.  This was it!

One week later, no follow-up on those projects, no “needing” documents or contact whatsoever.  I started scratching my head, telling myself, “hmmmmm that’s odd.  Let me email him.”  So, I did.  Emailed him all the documents……

………

*cold*

No response.

Another eight days later and I’m clinging onto hope, knowing that if this job doesn’t go throw, I’m leaving the country.  I tried coming up with a series of explanations, but maybe I’m just giving myself false hope? If I go into detail of how amazing the particular interview was, you guys would say, “omg….that’s 1000% yours!”

But then….this is my guess.  My guess is he approached the main lady, who’s Thai, and told her about me.  She saw the picture, noticed that I was “color,” and dismissed my application.  Given the fact that he’s from England, he’s probably ashamed to tell me that he can’t hire me because the color of my skin.  I’m probably 100% about this situation, too.  Why? Because it has happened before and has been the story the past five years.

I’ve had a number of email replies before of prospectives saying, “can I see your photo?”  It’s a disgusting way of waking, “are you black? You have the experience, but we don’t hire black people here.”

When is enough….enough? I think I’ve found my purpose and everything in this country, but when is “Arsenio, the racism you’ve endured there is too much now.  You’ve gotten everything.  Move on.”  When will I make an oath?

I believe the time is now.

Sitting here in my condo, I received a complaint about my voice.  When I knew it was a lie, they said they hear my “voice” from 10pm-12am…..times that I’m completely knocked out in la-la-land.

Could they be talking about someone else? Doubtful.  So now just two weeks in, I’ve received the first complaint in 4 years (last one apparently a Thai said I was playing basketball in my room. HAHA!!)….and now it’s like…oh boy, physical environment is plummeting.  Overall wheel-of-life is taking a hit right now.

Arsenio, perhaps it’s time.

There will come a time in your life when you just have to face what isn’t working.  Living in Thailand and having gone through the things I’ve been through….enough is enough.

What I thought was a beautiful job has turned cold.  Only one reason why, because with my experience and credentials, China, Mongolia, Honduras, Costa Rica and now Chile are begging for my services.

The time is now.

Was Not Going Back Home Suppose To Happen? How The Universe Truly Works

Late October

Told my friend that I had an ominous feeling about going to America.  Without consulting her, I took the matter into my own hands and trusted my gut-feeling, cancelling the trip and throwing our 11 year relationship into disarray.

November 16th-18th

I received an email from a coordinator regarding my removal from a company where I taught.  I was completely confused by the ordeal, and my students were the one that ultimately suffered the most because of personal preferences.

Later realized that the excuses to my removal were controversial.  I began to believe that I was the epicenter of a racial attack, and then the verbal threats from my coordinator began.  It’s hard to see eye-to-eye when one is Anglo and another is African American.

November 18th – The Evening

After hearing such disgusting remarks, I didn’t look at the insults by face-value, but rather by the emergence of something so wonderful and so magnificent that was trying to make way into my life.  I applied for about 50 jobs in over 6 different countries.

Monday, November 20th – WHOA!

Ten jobs in China, one job in Honduras, another job in Costa Rica and others scattered around the planet — begging for my services.  Unsung hero came into my life the morning of Monday, asking me if I was still working at my present job. LOL! Was that a coincidence?  She told me about a very significant project she would like me to do.  Three hours later, I was given another project.  Three hours after that, around 2pm, I received an anonymous text message from someone giving me the biggest project of my life, teaching people from an embassy.

The week of the 27th…

I was offered a job and now the attachment with my present job no longer matters.  If something does arise, and it will, I can leave without any equivocations.  Just a few days later, I looked for high-rise condos in the heart of Bangkok since that is going to be my next point of living (Costa Rica job never contacted me back after emailing initially).

Today

I will be moving into my new condo the 22nd of December — marking the best present I’ve ever received in my life.  I have four new jobs who will want my services very shortly.  I got new projects, viewership, and so many other unbelievable things happening in my life.

Get this, everyone.  This all came from what? Being removed from a company because I’m African American.

Now ask yourself…….”wait, how? Another racial issue that’s about as common as seeing a bird came roaring into your life, and now you have 6 projects, a job offer, and four other suitors? How do you do it, Arsenio?”

Not only that….if I had gone to America this upcoming December, I wouldn’t have been able to move into my new condo, negating a big move to Bangkok which would’ve resulted in losing some of my projects and possibly even a job opportunity.

Breadcrumbs.

Podcast

Life Is Seriously A Game of Inches (Short Blog)

I was on the BTS and suddenly I got a message on a chatting app from someone.  Her first message was, “hey, are you in Costa Rica? Are you looking for a job?”

I replied, “hey! Yeah! I’m not in Costa Rica yet, but would love to make the transition there very soon!”

She went on to give me an email, the email of her school, so I can apply for the job.

What’s more is we went on to chat just a bit until she ended up disappearing.

Well, yesterday morning I got a golden opportunity to teach corporations in Costa Rica.

How is this? Who was this girl? She literally came into my life, gave me and email, then left.  That email transpired into one of the greatest opportunities of my life that will lead into the Central and South Americas?

This is LIFE.  And if you use technology to your advantage, you can enjoy the amazing riches.

Podcast

https://www.spreaker.com/user/thearseniobuckshow/life-is-a-game-of-inches

Feelings of Sadness – Identified The Problem & Set Myself Up To Win

I, just like everyone else, have the same problems just like any other human being on this planet.  There are times that I get sucked into a state of mind that I can’t escape for several hours.  A feeling of discontent; probably stemming from a mishap, miscommunication, and depreciation of another human being.  Yes, someone who I thought was awesome turned into a needy, materialistic princess.  This past Tuesday was Day 1.  I knew that it wasn’t going to work, so I distanced myself immediately and she vanished.  However, that void needs to be filled.  Because the void isn’t filled yet, there was a feeling of emptiness throughout the day that put me into a melancholic state of mind.

So, what did I do?

Step 1: Look Back At The Wheel of Life

So, because the Romantic Relationship aspect of my wheel plummeted significantly, this explains why I’m experiencing such feelings.  Someone just walked right out of my life.  Understandable.  The feelings I had going on explained my current state of mind.  Anytime a category falls very fast, very quickly, you’re going to experience ‘negative’ feelings.  Not talking to her anymore means that void is open.  The void is open and it has to be filled.

I went on to ask myself ‘what areas of my life am I neglecting currently? Friends and Hobbies. 

Sure, I went on a trip to Kanchanaburi recently, but then it was overshadowed by constant nagging and resulted in a fallout.  I need to also look back and ask myself, “what am I doing on a routine basis that brings me joy?” Sure, running and working out, but I’m talking about in the friendship realm.  My best friend, who I’ve known for the longest, is a goner.  Someone who I spent a great amount of time talking to on a routine basis is now gone. A couple others’ communications are decreasing significantly….so what should I do? MAKE NEW FRIENDS!

There’s an app I use on a routine basis that landed me three purposeful relationships as of late; most notably, a teacher in Costa Rica that gave me an email that changed my life (later podcast). These people can come and go, though.  In retrospect, history has shown that I can create some lifelong relationships with some individuals.  I decided to sign up for some activities with the gym I go to.  There’s a massive park activity happening on the 16th of December where a lot of people will compete in a competition.  This is where I can meet likeminded people who are on the same wavelengths as me.  BOOM! I never used to do this because of work obligations, but now it’s time to become selfish and put “me” first.

This will fulfill the void soon and I’ll be able to meet people.

Practice What I Preached: Keep Myself Busy

Depression, which I don’t have, happens because you’re focusing too much on yourself rather than other people.  On days I have a lot of free-time, I schedule blogs, podcasts, videos, do writing, research, set up ads and other things.  I keep myself as busy as possible and this works because I take my mind off things I cannot control (circle of concern) and focus primarily on things I can control (circle of influence).

Anytime you’re in the gutter, look at the eight categories: personal development, physical environment, romantic relationships, fun & hobbies, family and friends, career, wealth, health.  When you do this, you can identify the problem and solve it rather than letting it seep into your next workday, week, month, or even year.

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Wheel of Life – Month of November – The Change Is NOW!

That’s it, people.  After contemplating for so long and figuring out what I should do with the next step of my teaching career, I’m now on the board.  Come and get me, world! That’s right. My physical environment has dropped plummeted to a whopping three out of ten, bringing a big concern and action.

November was a tough, and a very head-scratching month.  Comments, which lead to lies, which lead to ridicule, then threats made me realize how great of a human being I am.  See, when you look at things face-value, you will fail.  You always have to ask yourself “what’s trying to emerge.”  After a dozen offers from Chinese schools, a school in Honduras and a couple others, I’ve been weighing my options.  However, Thailand has came on strong AGAIN with 4-7 massive projects, but it’s all about getting the proper documentation to work legally in the country — that means a visa and work permit.  After taking full-on action, it’s all about patients.

If this is your first time tuning in, I highly suggest you rate the eight categories 1-10 and see if you have balance in your life.  If you don’t have balance, make necessary adjustments to improve the category that you’re neglecting.

  • Personal Development – 8.5
  • Physical Environment – 3
  • Health – 8.5
  • Career – 8.0
  • Wealth – 8.5
  • Fun & Hobbies – 7.0
  • Romantic Relationships – 4.0
  • Family & Friends – 5.0

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