Could Humanity Share The Same Vision And Coexist With One Another?

Children of all sizes, color, ages, religions, and backgrounds shared a common area in what I was observing just two days ago.  I saw students sharing the same laughs, doing the same things, and speaking the same way without any hateful rhetoric.

How come they understand but the rest of the world doesn’t?

I’m going to deep-dive (my new favorite word) into what could possibly work in terms of ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, & Laos) accepting each other for who they are and living amongst each other.

First and foremost, I respect what Angelina Jolie and Praya Lundberg are doing in terms of working with the United Nations.  They could be huge activists in pushing what this could be.

If you look at the countries I listed above, could an organisation be developed so that students from different countries can study in other countries?

I’m not talking about agencies who are after the pockets of beings, I’m talking about the governments of all countries choosing a good 1,000 of their highest, most prestigious achievers (or even those with learning disabilities – doesn’t matter) to get a plane ticket and go to another school that works in accordance with the organization?

How about getting schools to work with one another in a collaborative effort (non-international) to send students to and from their schools?

See, these little things – brainstorming ways you could blend with other cultures and coexist could make a massive difference in your town, community, school, state, country, and world.

What I saw just a couple of days ago restored my faith in humanity and gave me a vast array of ideas that could help benefit society.

Podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/11299867

Education System In Dire Need of Change — & I’ve Found It!

Does anyone remember the Prince EA video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqTTojTija8) that shook the world up last year?

Some of the antagonists stated things such as, “this is ridiculous.  How were we able to improve technologically without our education system now?”

Well, there’s a massive difference.  There’s a different between systematically sitting in a classroom without communicating and collaborating with one another – and then there’s going to an international school that has between 20-60 different nationalities.  A place where there are no boundaries, color, creed, religion, or racial involvement.  A school where people with turbans can run the halls with their ‘white’ friends and Africans have classmates from all over the world talking to him – not about his color, either.

That society truly exists.  I took a stance on YouTube, backing the colored people here in Thailand, to getting an invitation to a euphoric bubble in the heart of Bangkok.

As I walked through this school, I heard languages popping up from everyone, energy levels extremely high, people with smiles on their faces, little girls of all nationalities coming up to me and asking for my name rather than standing behind their teacher because I looked different from them.

A social area where lots of students gather to eat lunch with over 40 different nationalities high-fiving each other, smiling, laughing, listening to each other’s music, and all of them were “different.”

I saw 7 year old girls making lunch while tasting their own ingredients, I saw a 15 year old writing and composing music among so many other things.

Get this, this school doesn’t have subjects.

That’s right, elementary schools through high schools we are forced to learn things that aren’t in sync with our core genius or definite chief-aim in life.  Alot of pseudo teachers in Thailand say, “Thai students are lazy,” but maybe they’re just lazy of this traditional style, bogus teaching, yeah?

These students learn in themes.  No text books are given and the amount of camaraderie that’s bestowed and instilled in each individual is gratifying because they simply don’t leave one another behind.  It’s a utopia where people, of all cultures, can exist amongst each other. In the end, they go to the likes of Yale, Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, Tokyo Uni, & the ‘creme of the crop’ schools as most would say.

This has yet to be implemented around the rest of the world.

When will it begin?

Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqTTojTija8

Tedx – From Grade Schools, To International Schools In Bangkok Preaching Equality, To Ivey Schools In The East Coast United States – It Doesn’t Matter

I was sitting at a table full of youngins in Koh Phangan, Thailand – and they were arguing about who got into specific and “high class” universities in America.

One said, “I got into Ohio State, Wake Forest, and FSU; therefore, I’m better than you all.”

Is that what society is predicated on now?  Being better than another particular individual because of the university they went to? If so, I say we stop using Facebook and all Apple products if that’s the case.

As an African American teaching in Thailand, and having those schools reply to my email saying, “can I see your picture to see if you’re black,” I’ve seen it all.

Recently I started watching Tedx events on YouTube because they could be very head scratching and I came across a particular one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1LeGwELv9o) whereas a famous actress was preaching equality at the most expensive international school in Bangkok.  The most alarming thing is that the entire staff is all anglo-saxon/caucasian.  Most of these schools, even including Harrow, Shrewsbury and others that are incredibly expensive to get into, do not accept African American teachers because the parents don’t want their students to be taught by people of color.

If we look at other schools in Thailand such as government schools, white foreign teachers are paid more than Filipinos and Africans because they’re white, not because of what degree they have and definitely not based on experience.  I’ve seen a Swiss teacher speak next-to-no English and got paid 1300$; meanwhile, Filipinos get an unfulfilling 500$ USD.

I guess in some countries, education doesn’t mean a damn thing.  Education is a promotional tool to promote white skin (Thailand).  Conversely, if you look at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, education means absolutely everything, but nothing is based on the genius or essence of man.

  • What is your contribution?
  • How could you make your community better?
  • What is your community or country lacking?

If universities  selected students based human potential/volunteering (like the National University of Singapore) and on what women and men can do, we wouldn’t be bickering or paying large sums of money-turned-debt on artificial education and using bragging rights to belittle other people.

Regardless if you went to the top international school in Thailand, or Yale University…..your legacy and what you leave behind will be based on your contribution.

Remember that.

Podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/10905635

 

Jack Canfield – You Get What You Focus On

“If you don’t put a value on money and seek wealth, you most probably won’t receive it.  You must seek wealth for it to seek you.  If no burning desire for wealth arises within you, no wealth will arise around you.  Having definiteness of purpose for acquiring wealth is essential for its acquisition.” – Dr. John Demartini

Like Tim Ferris wrote in his book, “a lot of us don’t want to be millionaires or have a million dollars in the bank, but we would love to have the million dollar lifestyle.”

To be honest, as a teacher teaching here in Thailand, it’s so easy for me to travel everywhere.  With two trips to Arizona and Hawaii looming large, and a couple others such as Bali, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur, I’m already living in the wealthy mindset.

I can easily say, “oh, I don’t have enough money to buy a plane ticket to go to America twice.” I could’ve easily said that and not go.  However, that’s a limiting belief.  I know that’s a life.  I want to be able to do whatever I want, whenever I want, wherever I want, for as long as I want.

Decide what wealthy means to you.

  • I will have a net worth of _____________ by the year __________.
  • I will earn at least ____________ by December 31st of this year.
  • I will save and invest ____________ every month.
  • A new financial habit I will develop starting now is __________.
  • To become debt free, I will ______________________.
  • I will be debt free by _______________________.

How much is it going to cost to finance your dream life?  Life right now is the result of the thoughts you have thought, the choices you have made, and the actions you have taken in the past.

So, what we can do is research how much it would cost you to do and buy everything you want over the course of the next year.  This could include food, clothes, plane tickets, hotels, education, recreation, insurance, philanthropy…you name it. See how much it’s going to cost you.

For each category, visualize those items or activities in your life, then write down what you would need to spend to get them.  Imagine eating in fine restaurants, driving your dream car, going on your dream vacation – even refurbishing your home or moving into a new one….

More in my podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9443056

Jack Canfield – Tell The Truth Faster

“When in doubt, tell the truth.” – Mark Twain

Aren’t we afraid of the consequences of making others feel uncomfortable or unworthy?

I use to work in Australia at a dental office where an assistant would complain all-day, turn customers away, have rude antics throughout the office, and was too stubborn to learn some of the most basic principles and procedures – yet they still kept her on staff.  Why?  They were afraid of firing her because they didn’t want to make her feel bad.

Telling the truth sooner is one of the most important success habits in the best world that you will ever develop.  In fact, as soon as you start asking yourself that question, “when would be the best time to tell the truth,” that’s actually the best time to do so.

Will it be uncomfortable? Probably.  Will it create lots of negative reactions from other peers and colleagues? Absolutely, but it’s the right thing to do.  Get into the habit of telling the truth faster, especially if you’re a boss because if you don’t, having employees in your business who are considered “cancer” will end up dissecting everything about your business.

I’ve seen it happen at a number a businesses across dozens of countries and it all came because a particular person was “scared” to fire someone.

Formula For Crucial Conversations – Jack Canfield

  1. To begin, determine you motivation for having the conversation, whether it’s merely to express yourself and get something off your chest – or to eventually solve a problem.
  2. Make sure to schedule enough time to have the conversation.
  3. Plan your conversation in advance by crafting a clear message that keeps you on track.  Start with the facts of what actually happened or is happening versus the story you may have made up in your HEADDD!!! How will you report the facts of the situation? Be sure to separate the actual facts from the feeling you’ve attached to the situation or the event.
  4. After reporting the facts, ask the other person, “How do you see this?” What do they think the impact is? Oftentimes we presuppose or imagine some horrible reaction or consequence without knowing what the other person’s actually experience of the situation is.
  5. Ask the other party what they would like to do to resolve the matter – if in fact you are looking for resolution.  Sometimes simply expressing yourself might be your goal.
  6. If you decide to resolve the issue, agree on and document what actions you will both take, by when you will take them, and how you will follow up with each other.

Podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9341945

Jack Canfield – Have A Heart Talk

“Most communication resembles a Ping-Pong game in which people are merely preparing to slam their next point across; but pausing to understand differing points of view and associated feelings can turn apparent opponents into true member of the same team.” – Cliff Durfee

Jack Canfield said in his book, “unfortunately, in too many business, educational, and other settings, there is never an opportunity for feelings to be expressed and hear, so they build up to the point that people have no capacity to focus on the business at hand.”

This happened at a number of places I work in the past.  A group of people sitting in a group pointing fingers and not taking the blame.  No solutions.  Not everyone got to talk.  Just a lot of arguing and crying.

People just can’t listen until they have been heard. So, I thought making a podcast and describing in detail what a “heart talk” is could help you in your personal lives.

A Heart Talk is a structured communication process in which eight agreements are strictly adhered. It creates a safe environment for communication to occur – without the fear of interruption or being rushed.  It’s also great to release suppressed emotions that could otherwise get in the way of business.

When To Use It

  • Before or during a staff meeting.
  • At the beginning of a business meeting where two new groups of people are coming together for the first time.
  • After an emotionally stimulating event like a merger, a massive layoff, a death, a major athletic loss, or even the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
  • Regular basis at home, office or classroom.

How To Conduct

  1. Size of group between 2-10 people (I think 10 is a bit large).
  2. Example the value
  3. 15-30 minutes per person.

Guidelines

  • Only the person holding “the heart” is allowed to talk
  • You don’t judge or criticise what anyone else has said.
  • You pass the heart/object to the left after you turn, or say “I pass” if you have nothing to say.
  • You talk only about how you feel.
  • You keep the information that is shared confidential.
  • You don’t leave the Heart Talk until it’s declared complete.

Result From A Heart Talk

  • Enhanced listening skills
  • Constructive expression of feelings
  • Improved conflict resolution skills
  • Improved abilities to let go of resentments and old issues
  • Development of mutual respect and understanding
  • Greater sense of connection, unity, and bonding.

Podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9331130

Jack Canfield – Hire A Personal Coach

I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities.” – Bob Nardelli.

You wouldn’t expect Lebron James to be the athlete he is today without the help of mentors or personal coaches, right? You wouldn’t expect an American football team to enter a stadium without it’s coach, right?

A good coach would help you clarify things and even put you in the right direction of where you’re going.

Back in 2004, I joined track and field at my high school.  I thought I was going to be one of the top people on the team, but I ended up being the bottom 5%.

One day at practice, my coach pulled me aside and a childhood friend and said, “here, Arsenio. I want you to get over these sticks.” Those sticks were hurdles. He knew that I didn’t have the amount of strength in my legs to run the breakneck 100m or 200m runs, so he decided me to put me on hurdles.

What a decision that was!

I made it to the sunrise regional championships three straight years and lettered each year. Coaches always know best.

Why Coaching Works

  • Determine your values, vision, mission, purpose, and goals
  • Determine specific action steps to help you achieve those goals
  • Sort through opportunities
  • Maintain focus on your top priorities
  • Achieve greater balance in your life while still accomplishing your business or career goals

The end goal is learning how to coach others.  If you know the basic steps and skills of coaching, it will make you a better parent, spouse, teacher, manager, network, marketer, athletic coach, and even a better friend.

Podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9243099

 

Important Aspect of IELTS – Southeast Asian Learners

Welcome back, everyone, and for all the newcomers who have made it to the blog for the first time. I’m going to report something very important to some of you who are preparing to take the IELTS in the future.

First and foremost, it’s a test.  When there’s a test, there’s always some kind of technique that you can use towards your advantage in terms of passing the test, right?

Nope. I’m not talking about cheating. I’m talking about doing the necessary research for all potential universities in your crosshairs so you know exactly what bands are needed.

Example, for those of you who are looking for admittance into universities such as National Singapore University, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, etc….you’re going to need specific band scores in categories such as Reading and Writing.

For those of you who are just looking for a university to accept you, they require just an overall, and that’s where the fun begins.

Example, one of my students got an overall of 7.0 but failed to get a 6.5  in speaking.  Therefore, she didn’t get the mark necessary to get into the University of Sydney. So, 20 hours of speaking did the trick and now she’s on her way to become an epidemiologist.

On the other hand, a student looking to get into a university in Wales or New Zealand may need just an overall of 5.5 without any minimal requirements.

ADVANTAGE!!

Why? Your strengths could be literally maxed out and you’ll still pass the test with the required band.

James Score

8.0 – Reading

8.0 – Writing

4.0 – Speaking

4.0 – Listening.

Overall – 6.0

This is exactly how the ultimate average works. I’ve seen it first hand. So, what you want to do is work on your strengths to the max and know just the basics to get a very average score (preferably 5.0-6.0) in the others and you literally will pass without any resistance.

This is the glory of beating the test.

Please share, like, comment, and I’ll even post my podcast which I go into a bit more detail.

Podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/10209003

Jack Canfield – Fuel Your Success With Passion & Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success.  When you do a thing, do it with all your might.  Put your whole soul into it.  Stamp it with your own personality.  Be active, energetic, enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object.  Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson.  

As an educator, you have to be very passionate about wanting to change the lives of children.  I’m not talking about the artificial curriculums being taught all around the world, but more from a spiritual nature.

Since living in Thailand, I’ve seen the vast majority of teachers literally come to work, open a book, sit down and speak in monotone. Not sure where this is derived from, but I can tell you 9 times out of 10 he had to drag himself to work that particular day.

Being filled with purpose and gunning towards your life-purpose in life will instill that unshakable eagerness to get up and continue towards one’s mission.

Even if you’re not able to make a lot of money, like most artists and photographers in the world, you’re already a success because you’re doing what you’re passionate about.

How To Develop Passion

Let’s take a look at our careers, for instance.  This occupies the majority of our time, right? The next question is, “are you doing what you love to do?”

  • Develop the necessary skills and find time to educate yourself
  • Volunteering
  • When you feel most happy
  • Most joyous
  • Most fully engaged
  • Most acknowledged and appreciated
  • Most connected with yourself and others

What were you doing? What were you experiencing? These events are indicators on how to bring passion into your life day-to-day work.

When you start doing what you’re passionate about, you’ll be a magnet to others and attract to you those people in the same vibrational frequency.

I asked myself, “what did I love to do as a child?”

I loved to run, laugh, and speak.

I’m now a speaker, entrepreneur, teacher, and health-guru.

What did you love to do as a child?

If you want to listen to my podcast on this particular blog, click the link below.

Podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9186860