How to Create a Development Plan

Sometimes we go throughout our day being reactionary. Meaning we’re just reacting to situations. This is kind of how I am on days that I don’t have work. I kind of react to all situations rather than coming up with a schedule that will achieve the outcome that I’ve set out on. So, let’s see how we can break this down together. Podcast will debut this upcoming weekend!

Development plan: start with the next 5 books. Why? Because you began with an outcome not just chasing down best-sellers. Example, “I’m trying to develop in public speaking.” So your stack of 5 books would begin with Dale Carnegie’s Art of Public Speaking. 

  • “I’m trying to grow my business.” Your next five books would be on scaling a business. 
  • “I’m trying to improve my marriage.” Next five books on marriage.
  • “I’m trying to improve the relationship with my kids or kids in general.” Next five books should be on Stephen Covey.

Obviously books as a metaphor but again, it could be courses, videos, podcasts, conferences, events, trainings. Who are you mentors. What are the resources and when are you going to consume them. 

Let’s break it down even further. 

  1. Outcome: what are you trying to grow into, improve, make happen. 
  2. What must you learn to grow into that outcome. What must you learn about yourself. What skills must you develop. What can you learn from other people. 
  3. How will you learn it? Engaging virtually? Podcasts? Same rules apply.
  4. IT HAS TO SHOW UP IN YOUR CALENDAR! You don’t have a development plan because you have a full stack of books IN A DAMN GARAGE! (hint: get it?)
  5. When will you read……when will you try…….when will you plan….

It’s all based on scheduling. 

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: International Guest Speaker: Andres of Puerto Rico

Arsenio's ESL Podcast
Arsenio's ESL Podcast
Arsenio's ESL Podcast: International Guest Speaker: Andres of Puerto Rico

This was the most HONEST conversation I had in a decade, and it marked the first time that my friend Andre, who I’ve known for 20 years, and I went into some very dark places in terms of what we had done as children.

From the first days we met, to having multiple deaths in family and school, getting stuck on a mountain before being rescued, his big move to NY to get away from a family that was suffocating the life out of him, and confronting a father who abandoned him since he was a child.


International Guest Speaker Andre

Things we discussed:

  • Brief introduction given by Andre to the listeners and talked about the intrinsic meaning of ‘face the music’.
  • How he began learning English.
  • Some of the challenges that he needed to overcome.
  • The development of our friendship.
  • How we originally met.
  • Reconciliation and salvation.
  • His big move to the east coast and leaving everything behind in Las Vegas.
  • His relationship with his father.
  • Did he get the closure he wanted before his father’s passing?
  • Does the guest has any regrets?
  • Sharing their childhood experiences that shaped their outlook of life.
  • What is the guest’s advice for the listeners?
  • New York Slang.


Thank you for listening!


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Arsenio’s ESL Task: Developing Critical Thinking- Community Service

Arsenio's ESL Podcast
Arsenio's ESL Podcast
Arsenio's ESL Task: Developing Critical Thinking- Community Service


Welcome back to another ESL task! I love these and I don’t want to stop on developing critical thinking lessons, so I’m back with another one.

Here’s your task.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of doing community service?

Benefits and drawbacks: college applications, mental nourishment, not enough money, not enough time, other obligations, teamwork.


  1. How can doing community service help you achieve your goals?
  2. What things do you do that are obligatory? What do you do altruistically? How can you tell the difference?

My opinion is, if you force yourself to do something just to get Instagram likes, Facebook shares, and Twitter retweets, you’re taking advantage of the week.  Community service, a foundation, or something that helps give back to those who aren’t as fortunate, shouldn’t be for likes or dollar signs.

I remember Gary Vee once said, “if they volunteer in Africa and they’re entitled, they’re going to be the same ol’ person — no matter what.” I do disagree, to a certain extent. However, if they live there for x amount of months and develop empathy and compassion (key traits that non-empathizers and entitled rich kids don’t have), it could possibly work.

Doing things for the less fortunate has to be don altruistically.

I’ll give you another example.  I recently discovered the organization “Pencils of Promise” through Gary Vee’s video (him going to Ghana — and that was surely obligatory and not out of his good heart).  When I saw this video, I didn’t know what pencils of promise was until I heard it again on Lewis Howes’ Instagram account.  They hosted a Gala Convention with all the famous “podcasters, YouTubers” and people who donated an insane amount of money, or — they’re just famous in general.

That’s very infuriating because on Pencils of Promise Instagram, it shows them continuously asking for donations to put girls in rural schools around South America….back in school.  My guess is they used that money to have a huge Gala to promote their organization even more, and that’s what really makes me angry about these types of American organizations.  The Red Cross and other foundations that ask for assets to do a good deed — are full of it.  If you want me to donate blood, I want to track my blood.  That’s right.  I want a barcode so I know the last destination of the hospital that will use my blood.

Anywho, this is for you guys to either oppose me, or to be the affirmative.  Free-write this for 15 minutes.  Journal it and think about it!


Additional Podcast: Motivational Mentors

Yes, the picture of me is pretty bad, but bear with me until I get a new one (LOL).

Many of my podcast listeners have been listening to me on two different platforms.  When I wasn’t creating podcasts on my personal development podcast, they went to my ESL podcast.  So, I think it’s really exciting to tell you guys that there is a 3rd and joint podcast I’m doing with another mentor called Motivational Mentors. 

This particular podcast was thought of by one of my ex-interviewees that I had on back in March.  We flirted with some ideas in April, but nothing was concrete.  On July 3rd, we officially launched the first podcast.  We didn’t have much direction in the beginning, but we kicked it off by doing a Q & A.  So, the first couple of podcasts were by people who wanted to have questions answered by us.  Mild success, but then I thought about bringing on other entrepreneurs and whatnot and that’s when it exploded.

Luke Burrows, who has a great contact list, began asking people all over the world about coming on for episodes.  We set up an official date and on every Sunday, we brought someone on the show to chat it up with us.  So many interviewees later, our podcast plays have spiked significantly (especially compared to my personal development podcast) and we have booked out time slots for the next several months into the new year.

The best part about this is that NO ONE IS DOING THIS.  There aren’t mentors flexing their personal development muscles because it’s a bit risky to do so.  With the amount of experience and me putting in serious work with the things I’ve read, and with Luke teaching his clients and the amount of knowledge he has; this not only creates brand awareness, but it shows that we do know what we’re talking about.

I remember talking about some people recently on my podcast about being afraid of getting exposed — like dog trainers.  If you’re a dog trainer and you don’t have a podcast, videos, 1-minute videos on Instagram or no online presence, you don’t exist.  Moreover, people can call you out rather quickly because they don’t know if you’re real.

This is the important part of business, people.  You need to show the world that you’re competent in the area you’re talking about, because if you don’t, you have no leverage.  It’s about creating those relationships and collaborating with as many people as possible.  So with Motivational Mentors  and my ESL podcast excelling quickly, you can’t only imagine what’s about to happen in 2019!


Inteviewee #14: Hakeem Khan on Being A Fitness Entrepreneur In Malaysia

While standing in a long line in a musty old gym at Nexus International School in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, I met not just the ultra-gorgeous muslim girl, but I met this man — Hakeem Khan.  We chatted it up about him being a powerlifter and befriended each other within that time-frame of checking in to the Spartan Race.  Since then, we’ve maintained communication and I saw his Instagram exploding with an amazing amount of content.  He was changing lives through his own personal training program and so many other things, so I told myself the next time I come here, I’m going to do a podcast with him.  Here it is!

Show Notes

“Money isn’t everything because the most important thing will be making an impact on someone’s lives”


Get in touch with Hakeem Khan of Malaysia

  • Fitness entrepreneur



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Things we discussed:

  • How did you start??
  • What inspired you to become a fitness entrepreneur?
  • The real reason why you want to become a fitness entrepreneur.
  • Who is your inspiration? Why?
  • What does the gym in Pakistan look like?
  • How do you start a gym in Pakistan through DIY?
  • Who taught you how to use the gym’s facilities in Pakistan?
  • How many laps?
  • What is your diet?
  • How did you feel the first time you used a gym in Pakistan?
  • What was your age when you came back to Malaysia?
  • Did you finish your secondary school?
  • Working part-time while in secondary school.
  • What did you do before you became a fitness entrepreneur?
  • Started to work in Celebrity Gym.
  • Started to work as a sales consultant with Celebrity Gym through training.
  • Training by the gym company to become a Celebrity Fitness.
  • What is a powerlifting?
  • What was your setback after your car accident?
  • How did you maintain your mental fortitude to get you through?
  • What was your training after your accident?
  • How did it feel after your accident?
  • Why did you decide to leave Celebrity Fitness?
  • Why did you decide to do what you do?
  • What is your self – awareness? Why do you want to help people?
  • The power of sharing and fulfilment.
  • What do you think about the market for fitness business in Malaysia?
  • How do you maintain your diet?
  • What is the philosophy for your diet?
  • What are your goals and plans?
  • What is your advice for people who aspire to become a fitness entrepreneur?


Thank you for listening!


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The Mastermind Group & Why You Should Form One

If you want to talk from a business aspect, forming a mastermind group is essential in personal growth because two-four minds are better than one, right?

Masterminding your way to success is pivotal.  If you can meet every week, bi-weekly – encouraging each other, networking, motivating one another…you’ll be well on your way to what Napoleon Hill calls “infinite intelligence.”

Look at Andrew Carnegie, for instance.  He had a mastermind group.  Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford would go on wintry excursions to their mansions in Fort Meyers, Florida.  They accelerated their growth in doing so, and this is one of the best kept secrets in humanity.

A mastermind group can be composed of people not only from your industry or profession, but from all walks of life.  Example, I’m a teacher of life, among so many other things, but I just recently renewed an old relationship with a brilliant individual who introduced me to marketing geniuses who are leading a global expansion team in Taiwan, Vietnam, China and the Philippines.  The four of us will meet on video 1-4 times a month.  That’s a mastermind meeting.

What this does is bring new thoughts, new people, and new resources together.  Bring people into the group who are “above” and “ahead” of you professionally or financially and introduce you to other people.  Sometimes when we’re stuck in our own narrow field, we kind of see life through a small lens.  Henry Ford was an assembly-line expert.  Thomas Edison was an inventor.  Harvey Firestone was a corporate management genius.  So their mastermind group brought together everything, including perspectives and different daily challenges each individual faced.

Another way of looking at this would be your circle of friends.  Yes, you are comprised of your five closest friends.  If you’re shy and timid, you know exactly why.  For instance, I’ll be heading to the snowboard alps in Flagstaff, Arizona later on this year with a Nurse and Dental Hygienist or are both comical beyond belief.  This could also be a mastermind group because I’m bringing together masters of their respective fields.

Having an accountability partner is also included in the podcast down below, so if you want to hear more about this, tune in!

Questions & Answers – Why Do Women Hate Me?

Wrong question, first of all.

The question should be, “why don’t I love myself?”

Yes, I’ve been in the same shoes as you.

I remember taking a scenic running route in Sydney, Australia (Lane Cove) down to a dock and one of my housemates messaged me and said, “are you ok? You’ve been very quiet?”  I retorted, “I don’t think I have a good personality.  No one likes me here.  I don’t understand why I don’t have a girlfriend.”

The next words she wrote has stuck with me ever since then.

“You have one of the most gorgeous personalities I’ve ever witnessed in my entire life.  Where’s your dignity?”

Did that change me? No.  However, there was a disruption.

In the ensuing years, especially here in Thailand, I was met with some of the darkest forces and had to take them on head on.  Was it me against the women of Thailand? To a certain extent, but it was their negative opinions whereas I became saturated in, “Thai women hate black men,” and literally spewed that rhetoric for 1.5-2 years until I finally got my belief system back.

Postive, reaffirming language will help you.  Changing your paradigm is definitely the stepping stone.  But there is just one small technique that you can use from today…..just look yourself in the mirror at home.  Go on.  Have a nice look at your face.  Look at the freckles, wrinkles, skin tone, teeth, hair, eyes, eye lashes, forehead and everything.  Are you content? Were you ever content? How about your neck down? Are you happy with the way you look in the mirror? My guess is no.

I had an anonymous podcast listener send this to me and it surely resonates within all of us…..don’t become saturated with the beliefs of other fools who shouldn’t be telling their feelings out-loud to begin with.

Start loving yourself form head-to-toe….and you’ll notice a massive difference in the people who come into your life.

Free Writing & Free Speaking Topics: Part III (For ESL Students) *Downloadable PDF*

Welcome back, my ESL & EFL learners!

Just to emphasize this point, this particular blog/download is for English language learners who tune into my blog.  For those of you who are essay writing in university in NES (native English speaking) countries, this will arouse your ideas and help you improve.  Other than that, I do appreciate everyone who will download and print the PDF in terms of free writing & free speaking.

I would like to call this a ‘Tier 3″ template, meaning this is for more intermediate/advance ESL learners in the world.  It’s a little bit more difficult, but you can certainly give it a go if you’re at the elementary level.

If you guys have any questions, please ask away! I really appreciate it and the Writing Task 1 template for IELTS is approaching soon!

Freewriting & Freespeaking Topics- Part III

The Penalty of Leadership

Since living here in Thailand, teachers have said: I’m black, too loud, too funny, not strict enough, too much charisma, gets all the work, brown noses, shouldn’t be a teacher, can’t write, bad at presenting.  In addition to that, students have said: we want a white teacher, we want a handsome teacher, you’re too funny, we want to go page-by-page, we want that 150 year old traditional style teaching whereas a teacher writes a bunch of shenanigans on the board and we copy it.

Is this part of leadership? Well, just know in every field of human endeavour, you’re going to get that white light of publicity.  When you start doing good and start making a name for yourself, the envy will be there waiting for you.  The reward of the publicity and recognition; the punishment, fierce denial and detraction.  It could become a target for the envious few or envious many.  When you do something mediocre, they’ll leave you alone.  When you achieve a masterpiece, it will set a million tongues a-wagging.

You’re never going to get the “seal of genius” stamp in what you do.  I’ve had people who said my writing was appalling; conversely, my college professors would give me straight A’s on my papers.  The one who said I couldn’t write to save my life never majored in English….get the drift? There are parasites and bacteria out there that are trying to find a way to harvest anywhere on your body…and I’m not speaking literally.  The comments and negative opinions of others are just that….parasites and bacteria.

The Penalty of Leadership is monstrous.  The moment I created a curriculum that enabled others to get a lot more work, there wasn’t a ‘thank you’ anywhere in the vicinity.   The pessimism grew even larger because the fact and matter is that my image is being created in a way that will alter the trajectory of colored people worldwide.  If you’re not ready to strap on your helmet and barrel through the cynicism, criticism, haughty and antagonists, I suggest you stick to the 9-5 job.


Wheel of Life Update: Threshold Has Been Breached!

On a monthly basis, I like to reevaluate the categories of my life.  In Glenn Harold’s Book “The Answer,” he has a nice wheel of life exercise that I abide by.

For those of you who want to see where you stand, you could definitely check my twitter (arseniobuckshow) or instagram (thearseniobuckshow) and just get a clean sheet of paper, draw a wheel, and begin shading in the different categories – 1-10.

Career, romantic relationships, fun & hobbies, personal development, physical environment, health, wealth, family & friends.

Everything that’s going on in your current life is what the wheel will represent.  Career, health, wealth, family and friends are self explanatory; however, personal development is what you’re feeding your mind.  What are you doing everyday to improve your knowledge? What motivational or transformation videos are you going to watch throughout the week? Audio programs? Podcasts? That’s personal development.

Physical environment revolves around your home and work.  Both together make 10…..are you content with where you’re living and your investment?

With that being said, I’m looking forward to what people will have on their own wheel of life.  Mine? Absolutely amazing and I’ve peaked in multiple categories for the first time in my life.

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