Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Presentation Skills – My Presentation at BIDC!

Here’s my presentation at BIDC Festival in Bangkok! Now, I wasn’t able to get the full audio, so it might be just 3 minutes in and cut off after 47 minutes. I apologize, but the content is here. I did a rough transcript of it, but there’s a lot of questionable vocabulary, so if you’re going to read the transcript, make sure you listen at the same time.

ENJOY!

Speaker 1: (00:01)
Um, but throughout this time I turned to personal development because personal development, it allowed me to start developing in specific areas, specific skill sets that would propel me forward and that I would become a valuable asset. Not just a teacher, but a trainer, a coach, a mentor, a speaker, and this is what’s so fascinating because I had no idea I had a skillset in terms of speaking until I created a podcast. It’s like you wonderful individuals who just received that, your awards, The v R now when you were 10 years old, mom, Mommy and daddy did not say you’re going to be excellent in VR or anyone in the academic curriculum. Yeah, go for virtual reality. Augmented reality. No, whoa. There we go. Okay. A and so if it’s, let’s just say you,

Speaker 2: (01:06)
hence the managers. I fell on six disconnected

Speaker 1: (01:09)
and with this skillset and could breed you and amends meaning a great amount of opportunity. That’s what happened to me. Yeah. In 2016 I started a personal development podcast because I wanted to learn more about myself, my subconscious mind, my conscious mind. How is everything being created, my environment, that habit of saving a leader, Shit, self-control, uh, I guess the art of failure, right? Initiative, um, that habit of doing more than what you are paying for. All of these things enabled me to get listeners, listeners do name. And I said, you know what? This is very interesting. I have no idea what a hot cast was. It was a gentleman who was of course, a colleague of mine who turned around one day and said, excuse me, our CTO. And I said, yes. He said, you are not utilizing all your skills, so what do you mean by that?

Speaker 1: (02:14)
He say, you have a voice. And I said, I do. I said, yes, I do have a voice. But he said, you need to make a podcast. So what is a podcast? He told me and I said, what am I going to speak about? He said, don’t worry, you’ll figure it out. And so I went home that I don’t like, what am I supposed to talk about? What is my message to the world, right? Who do I want to influence and what type of impact do I want to have? So then I created a podcast and people started listening to me first in California, in Virginia. So the first five plays, I was like, oh my God, dude, listen to me. What’s happening? I was excited because now my voice is being heard. After that, I started bringing people on from different sectors. It could be the gaming sectors, it could be a, let’s say, sociologist, entrepreneurs from different walks of life startups.

Speaker 1: (03:16)
I started interviewing them on my podcast. They last year. I said, well, my youtube is very good. People are learning through my youth too. I said, maybe I should start an English language podcast. So I did. Ooh, just like that. Brazil, Taiwan, China, parts of Africa, South Homie, and he paid all of these countries I didn’t even know existed. They started listening to me and I got even more excited. I said, maybe I’ve developed initial market and this, this market. I started learning more. Now, first and foremost, does anyone know who Gary B is? Gary B. Raise your hand, Gary. Meeting Gary B. No one. Oh my God. Okay. So whew. Now Gary thing, don’t worry. Don’t worry. It’s okay guys. But Gary v I bought his book and his book taught me how to use hashtags. Okay, so hashtags on Instagram. So let’s put it this way. I’m talking about uh, let’s say pronunciation.

Speaker 1: (04:21)
I get 29 hashtags related to pronunciation in English learning. I put it on my post on Instagram and then I started attracting to me first a Japanese population. So people would message me from Gildo when, uh, you don’t see mine, right? And I’m like, oh my God, this is exciting. And so I continue using hashtags, whether it was for coaching, whether it was for English, and everything began multiplying. I started building brand loyalty. So I started to create, let’s just say different banners, different logos. I wanted to become the talk. I wanted to have that top podcast. After that, they take you Denny. And that a lot of people asked me to just, I don’t know about my pronunciation. I want to speak better. I said, okay, I’m going to help you right now. And so I created a pronunciation course and I’m still creating courses on Udemy, ebooks, which is part of e-learning, Patrion all of these things which I’m going to get into today.

Speaker 1: (05:35)
I started to create because I developed a niche market. What’s the niche market? Well, let’s just say learning, not English, not learning just English, but learning about life through a language. And this is why people became very, very, uh, interested because they said, you’re not an ordinary teacher. And I mean, what do you mean by that? He said, you’re crazy. And I’m like, yeah, okay, I’m Puerto Rican, I’m American. Yeah, I’m a little crazy, but I love it because of passion comes out of me with what I do. So when it comes to the e learning, and when it comes to AI, these are specific areas that I’m going to talk about today. Okay? So when it comes down to first we need to understand the facts and the four phases that I will be speaking about today. A is going be

Speaker 3: (06:29)
very good. As a matter of fact, I did Q and a last night with you app developers. One was the tennis coach, you’ve developed

Speaker 1: (06:40)
nap and another one is a specific individual who wants to talk about time. Tie History in the app was very, very impressive also. So Q and A’s are very, very good. Do not be shy about asking me specific questions. Okay? Cause we’re going to Taco talk a lot about just about everything. All right? So we’re going to talk about facts, ways, piggy learn, okay. And then we’re going to talk about super days and

Speaker 3: (07:12)
for this early night, this is going to be good for everyone. Whether you are a developer or whether you are someone who’s [inaudible]. All right? Talk a little bit about this and planning and then we’ll go from there. So first and foremost, we need to first talk about what is happening. You’ve heard probably, uh, eight hours ago by a hundred universities in America have closed down. The debt is actually really, really, people are understanding that

Speaker 1: (07:54)
a bachelor’s degree. What will that give me? What will a bachelor’s degree get me now in America? Not much.

Speaker 3: (08:03)
So now people need to get on there. So what will a math degree get you America after that? A doctorate degree. Well, we’ll let dr degree if he in America,

Speaker 1: (08:22)
a lawyer, the specific, the area specific, um, what is it majors that we need at the hospitals? Airline. I understand that, but it’s also about acquiring specific skill sets. So if I go see university and I get a degree in business administration, okay, so what jobs, what job can I get with business administration? No, I’m going to be probably 100,000 US dollars in debt. And you know how long that’s going to take me to pay off with my 20,000 US dollars up. What is it like a year salary? It’s going to take too long. This is what the American, I wouldn’t say American society, but society is built off in general. It’s built off. Hey, let’s try and get as many people and say, hey, don’t worry. You can pay us back later. Interest gets wrapped up. You have no way of paying that, pay him back, and then the debt.

Speaker 1: (09:22)
You’re going to have it for the rest of your life. Well, everyone understands what’s happening now and with e-learning back in 2015 $100 billion industry in one year, e-learning, what does that mean? Now for people who think literally, I’m going to help you, this doesn’t mean, oh, that’s a lot of money. No. What does it mean opportunity for everyone? If you’re an app developer, what are some ways that you can begin to expand your niche? Expand your brand online with your learning platforms right now in 2019 it’s probably at a $400 billion machine right now, so linkedin learning that came out. I’m going to show you a couple of other logos and whatnot, but the opportunity is vast right now for everyone. Now for some of you learners right now in university, this is the best time for you because this is the time where you’re basically stepping into, let’s just say the fourth, what is it that a massive digital revolution, right?

Speaker 1: (10:42)
Whereas we have the power as individuals to create our own company. So at first started with prince EA. If you guys don’t know who Chris ea is, he’s the guy that made the video. It went viral, right? What? Like 30 million views? 100 million, I don’t know. But he talked about why is it that we went from Henry Ford? Okay, that first car that he made compared to a Lamborghini today, what’s the difference? The Boeing seven 47 which has a very bad crash safety rating, whatever compared to the Airbus 83 80 what’s the difference? Technology has changed. However, in the classroom, if you look at pictures of Harvard from 150 years ago to pictures, and I saw the column of today, it’s the same. And what about the curriculum? The same English, the English possibly has changed a little bit, but it’s still the same idea. And so we began questioning and I began questioning what is my purpose as a trainer, as a person of influence, as a person that wants to give as much as he possibly can to every one.

Speaker 1: (12:07)
So leave a lasting impact. It’s to learn more because the more you learn, the more you earn. And a lot of people don’t understand that a lot of employees, they are employees because that’s all they know. They’re told to wake up in the morning, but their shoes on. Go to a bar for eight hours, come home, go to sleep, repeat until the age of 60 65 70 Americans, sometimes 80 until you leave the body and domain and go onto the next, wherever there is that it should, I’m sorry. That’s just not a way to live for me now, if that is what your purpose is, fine by all means, but all I’m asking you guys to do right now, both ladies and gentlemen, is to understand and to start asking questions about a lot of different things. I know the younger students, especially in my view, a lot of them are on there. Of course, their phones, their iPads, and the older generations, they’re quick to say they’re always on technology. Technology, so bad. And this, no, they’re adapting to a rapidly changing world. This is not the 1980s anymore. I know you used to love and go out there running the dirt and playing the heart. But now, yeah,

Speaker 3: (13:31)
and you do not have that eight [inaudible] university [inaudible] closing this. These are all why? Because they’re not putting everything online. And when they come to the learning [inaudible] for me and a trainer or hoses, someone who that bottom line, I need to understand what the market is already paid on, what the market is. So what I find that you know, you hear about average, maybe a paper figure out that you’re leading right now, right? If you say, okay, if I’m a teacher, if I’m an app developer happening right now, that game. Now let me give you an example. [inaudible] [inaudible] what happened? Does anyone know a fortnight or not? Great. Yeah, I know I don’t really? Yeah. Yeah. Fortnight. What happened? They took that old world, Huh? With 49 year old boy and [inaudible]. You know what? Mommy and daddy don’t play video games. I’ll be like, [inaudible], [inaudible], [inaudible] [inaudible] what did that mean for your doing? How are you Betty did this and that. And you know what he did ended up being in the bull crap

Speaker 1: (15:24)
that e-sports e learning is opportunity. And so now the older generations, they’re getting even angrier cause they’re like, well, we didn’t play video games 30 years ago. What that was 30 years ago on, sorry, I’m 31 okay. It’s the, it’s the past and you have to be able to adapt. If you don’t adapt, you’re going to end up like blockbuster. Does anyone know blockbuster? Okay. What happened to blockbuster? Blockbuster. They were all about going to the video store to rent videos and gangs and buy popcorn and talk to Betty from down the street, Netflix, d. And then she went in there and gave a proposal to blockbuster and she said, hey, you know what man? I was thinking we could, you know, do some easy gays or do this online. And blockbuster just laughed. They said, get out.

Speaker 1: (16:24)
And now blockbuster is finished. Why they believe that that specific time when your time was going to last forever? Well, it’s not a lot of teachers in America, they’re in danger right now. Teachers here in Thailand, four teachers, does it matter? Teachers in general, if you do not have a specific skill set and you are not bettering yourself in that specific skillset, you can be at risk. If you’re an employee and you drive trucks, autonomy is coming. AI will be here and pick it up. The trash for everyone will be able, the bank, the banking system, tellers, the teller jobs at about 15 years could be finished in some countries. Why? Hey, AI’s here. If you’re in a job that’s at risk, you need to, hey, wake up right now and understand, well, what is it? What is my passion? What am I very good at?

Speaker 1: (17:27)
You’re going to have to start trying new things to identify what you’re very good at. So, oh, I got to talk how, okay, so again, me being a podcast yourself, there’s anyone recognize these other little girls. Can you see it? Does anyone know these? Anyone from China? Taiwan in here? No. Okay. And I’m like, oh no, no one, no one, no, this one little bitch. My type people, you know, go edge. You know I do my, so let’s get into this. So guys, 2013 five one talk emerged that ABC emerged. What are they our online learning platforms. What did China do? Well, the Chinese said, Hey, well they’re repeat. There are 1.5 billion Chinese people in this country. But there aren’t that many foreign teachers. There aren’t going to be foreign teachers going to the outskirts and into villages to help some of these students who are trying to of course get better at language.

Speaker 1: (18:46)
Right? And so some entrepreneur said, hmm, you know what? I like this. How about we start a online teaching base? Yeah, let’s hire all the American teachers and they can teach online from around the world who opportunity take. Now it’s $1 billion industry just like that. Globish does anyone know the glove is, I like this story. I’m gonna tell you a story cause I love stories. Now there are language centers here in Thailand. Does anyone know? A, what’s the name was the name of and UAA. Raise your hand. Okay, AUA. Uh, and the rest. Now these language centers are now at risk because globish said, hey, how about you can stay home, you can stay home. You go log on your computer at 8:00 PM. You don’t have to sit in the traffic roping, right? You don’t have to sit the traffic, the pollution, you don’t have to buy the food.

Speaker 1: (19:51)
You don’t have to travel, waste time, anything you have to learn at home. And so what happens, they are also hiring whatever teachers from around the world. And so now the language centers are like, Oh man, I don’t know how much longer this could last because everyone’s going to switch to online. So what is it that happens when a customer, customers, when you want to learn whatever specific again, skillset, you go into a place and you tell them, hey, I need to learn this. How can you help me? If all they do is provide a book, you’re going to lose. There has to be much more than them. There has to be a specific something that will ignite that thing within the individual that wants to learn something outside the box. Like international schools, they don’t have textbooks. Schools in Finland, notebooks, Singapore academically sound, they still have books.

Speaker 1: (20:58)
But again, crime rates in so many other things are down because now they’re focusing on the court genius of the individual. I’m going to get into that shortly. And so with these emerging landscapes, you have to understand what is happening. So now let’s look at, let’s look at what kind of ways there are to learn through e-learning online. Okay? So you have number one learner centered content. The needs, the roles, the responsibilities, and Australia, they have trade schools, okay? And these specific trade schools teach us specific a skill, right? But the problem is when you want to go to dental school in America, they said, okay, you want to go to dental school, you have to learn music appreciation one oh one why do I need to learn about music for dentistry? And so people are now saying, you know what? This is a little bit weird.

Speaker 1: (22:05)
Maybe I don’t have to do a bachelor’s degree. Maybe there will be another formality that will come and knock out these bachelor degrees such as what Australia does. And Australia at the age of 18 students go right into the world of dentistry. So what would we need to understand is providing a specific skill set. So let me ask you, me being a coach, a trainer, someone comes to me, they say, hey our setting out, we have problems with, um, let’s just say we have problems with email. And I said, okay, easy. 10 hours, that’s all you need. So I get the group together, 10 hours of work, and then I provide an ecourse as a refreshment on a month to month basis over the course of three to six months, the success rate, 73% as opposed to another groom that I could possibly just, uh, let’s just say I teach them what they don’t really need to know.

Speaker 1: (23:07)
And it’s too broad. It’s not SPUs is not based on what they need. And guess what? The success rate is a whopping 37%. And so again, what we need to do with e-courses. Think about this. You’re an app developer, whatever app you’re trying to teach specific students, right? And needs to be centered around what they need. They don’t, they understand. If you give them a lot of content that they don’t need, they’re going to be like, ah, you know what? I can’t take action on any of this. So you would get some of the applications. Does anyone, does anyone learn through applications? Uh, language do, do what we do a lingo. Do a legal, a Japanese pod one oh one no English pop one on one. There’s a lot of pots. One Pot one oh once. Okay. But the thing is, does it focus on what they need?

Speaker 1: (24:09)
Something that you can use immediately if you travel somewhere else? No. So this is how I identify opportunities because I say, you know what? My mom, she’s Puerto Rican, born and raised in New York. She speaks Spanish. She does not or did not want to teach me Spanish. I said, mom, teach me Spanish. She said, go learn in school. They would show us a video called flats for 20 minutes in the afternoon after recess when we’re tired. Did I learn any Spanish from that video? Absolutely not. So why am I telling you this is because if you think about different ways you have learned a language or if you have learned online, it’s all about repetition. If you learned for one hour a week or if you, let’s say you work on something for one hour a week over the course of 150 hours, I mean, what’s the success rate?

Speaker 1: (25:11)
How do you think it’s going to improve? It’s all about repetition. And that comes back to habit. So the next one is engaging content. All right. I like this one now. When I first started my personal development podcast. Okay, was it engaging? No, not really. Why? Because there were plenty of them out there. However, with the English podcast, it was much different because I looked at the market and I asked myself, okay, who is that number one English a podcast or who has the number one English podcast out there in the world? And they said there weren’t that many good ones. It was English one oh one. I said, wait better than this. I said, okay, what are they doing wrong and what can I do to basically double up on what they’re doing? So I started teaching a variety of different things. Not only that, my intention with my English podcast was to rain every country in the world.

Speaker 1: (26:19)
One person on my podcast to speak about their country or to talk about things in their country into use their language. Because a lot of us, the miscommunication happens when we don’t understand each other and when we don’t want to seek to understand the other individual. So I brought on people from Guinea, from Egypt, Tanzania, uh, France, Bulgaria and so interesting because hearing their accents, not only that, but creating a world without borders. This is what my listeners love. So step number one, dated content. What do your, let’s just say you need to be able to accept feedback. Some feedback can be constructed, some feedback you won’t like, but it you actually toggle and make it better. It will probably engage even more people. But the problem is when blockbuster came in and they had the opportunity to expand with Netflix and they said no, it backfired.

Speaker 1: (27:30)
They lost everything. So when it comes to engaging content, social media is everything. Okay? So with me, you can find me everywhere with our Cineo buck. My first name, our city of is very unique. A right is a Spanish name. And if you Google Arsenio, you will see two people, me and the comedian I was named after. So that’s how I built my brain. When I build my brand, I started to make engaging content with my English language podcast. When I had the idea to bring on 200 countries, the place continue to rise and to always leave people guessing and in suspense of what could be next. Right? So I don’t know about you guys, but for my app developers, any app developers, any or raise your hand app application. Okay. So do you have an Instagram of Facebook, a Twitter, a website, a blog? Do you have any of those?

Speaker 1: (28:36)
Right? You need to be able to utilize all forms of social media, not just one platform. Some people, they romanticize about one platform when the other one, one is very big example, Facebook, Instagram ads, right? Or Instagram story ads. This is very, very engaging. However, the algorithms have changed. They have gone down and now it’s very difficult to get. It’s accommodating. I understand that, but you need to understand that engaging content is very critical. I’m going to get into the stats so we go all put this together for you too. So that to number two, number three, interactive scenario based. So interactive content, it can be a little snippets. Now, I don’t know as an app developer, maybe you can create something as a let’s say something and micro, a micro piece of content. Let’s say you created a game and you said you know what, you’re going to get level one for free, whatever game it may be, right?

Speaker 1: (29:45)
So they play in level one and then after that they could go into the premium side of it, right? And so again, the interactive side of it and of course scenario base that is was very, very engaging, which refers back to number two. Again, very important stuff. But then of course, number four, personalization, self pace, instructors, tutors, this is what’s happening right now. AUA, okay, you education world and lane. Why instructor base? Some people need that who do not have disciplinary uh, skills. People who aren’t discipline, they go learn as they go. That’s what self paced courses are. So when you started learning and some of these students, VR, ar, all of these different things you had to learn possibly in university but it was outside university. What really counted, being able to be on your craft and continuously get better in this specific areas and find ways to basically to get your app and to make, cause I saw some of the VR up here and it was amazing.

Speaker 1: (31:02)
You didn’t jump into some of this, you know, to all the content that you had here right off the bat. You had to get better. So you had to find a common ground and get better and better and better. What can you add that can make your content better? If you are a learner, what can you do to, to make yourself remember or to make yourself more enthusiastic about learning? Now learning in these schools, you can see it right now everyone’s learning academics, academics to go into university university to get a job that pays you this much. That’s what it is. And the thing is, a lot of these students, they don’t want to do that. They want to do possibly e-sports or develop something that will allow them the freedom or pursue a passion and do something that they absolutely love to do. So, so pace.

Speaker 1: (31:59)
I love that you get to learn on the go. Instructors, tutors and facilitators. You need that. Me Being a facilitator, right? So if a bank or if a big company calls me or someone outside, hey, I have a problem with leadership, could you help us? Okay, what I’m going to do now, we’re going to do an initial, let’s just say me, get together so I can figure out what is it you need? Again, figuring out the personalization because it’s the customer that matters. The B to C. Okay? Business to customer. You listen to the customer. Do not romanticize about your ego and what you want. Listen to what they want because they are the buyers, right? So these are four ways that of course, you can learn, again, engaging content if you are a young individual, think about it right now. If you’re in university, what makes you engaged?

Speaker 1: (33:02)
What is it that you are most awake? If you’re in university and you’re always falling asleep or you have your neck down is because it’s not engaging. And so then that’s when audio and visual comes into it. The representational systems. Are you someone who likes to learn by reading books and writing? Are you someone who learns by audio podcasts, which I will talk about? Or are you someone who learns a visually Thailand? Very visual as I can see. Right? And so when it comes to visual, everyone loves to watch TV. They love to watch youtube. Their heads are always down in the train watching whatever it is. Why is your goal and audio right? Again, the society is changing. There’s a technological disruption happening right now and we’re going to have to adapt in order to stay of low. So going into the next one, synchronous versus asynchronous.

Speaker 1: (34:07)
Other than learning. So again, this kind of relates to the last one, but self study now, what is it that stay at home? Someone who learns at home, I forgot the term, but I met someone back in [inaudible] university. She learned from ages two all the way up to 18 at home. And guess what? She ended up going to university, northern Arizona. So can at work? Yes. Instead of going to a public school, you could just learn at home. So self studying, that’s what I did. Personal Development. I asked myself, I said, what is it that I’m doing and if environment that’s reoccurring that I do not like over and over and over though I’ve found Napoleon hill, Napoleon Hill after that, Jack Canfield, Tony Robbins and continue to multiply and I said, you know what? I’m going to learn about all of this. I’m going to speak about it.

Speaker 1: (35:08)
And now my blog everyday gets a ridiculous amount of views and terms of Stephen Covey’s emotional bank account. So then you go repurpose that content to push it out even or again, this is all engaging content. I see what’s happening out there. Repurpose it. Whatever they like. I continue. If they don’t, I don’t like it. I looked at the metrics, oh, that didn’t work. Okay, get that out. Just listen. And the statistics, and that’s why as a developer, as anyone who has content out there, you’re looking at ways to learn, always try and be open and willing to try new things. If you’re not willing, if you’re not open minded and if you’re close, everything’s going to pass you right by very quickly. So then you have new tube, that legs and podcast. Here we go. Show hands. Who is this still podcast? Raise your hand.

Speaker 1: (36:10)
Podcast. Woo. Two people. Anyone over here podcast? No. Oh Wow. Okay. Your podcast. Anyone? No. No. Two people. That’s it. Oh my goodness. Okay, so I guess podcasts. I’ve not come to Thailand yet. Some people listen to it. I know a but podcast. That’s a way of learning. When you’re on a train, there are too many people. It’s hot. You’re not at to put the phone here because you will put your hand on someone’s head. So you would listen and you know what? This is how you develop habits and discipline. Do you find a podcast and your specific area and you listen to it. Now for app developers, if you’re in St James or if you’re a little kid, if you’re a child and you love video games, how about you create a podcast, create a podcast and talk about your favorite game on a weekly basis and bring your friends along.

Speaker 1: (37:10)
So let’s say you have 10 friends, okay? And you have 10 friends that love playing video games. You get them together is they, hey, let’s create a podcast. Let’s talk about a specific game on Monday or whichever day of the week you would like to. And guess when you start sharing it with your schools is that they share. And then you use social media to create the engaging content. And then you start putting video as in youtube. And guess what? You found your niche market. This is how it works. It all started with clash of clans when a super cell super cell, when they created that application, it took off 5 billion, 10 billion, 15 million, 20 million downloads. It was the very first of its kind. And so they continue developing by upgrading and update it, putting you characters into a put in you house, this putting you this and that, and then the market caught on and what happened with the market.

Speaker 1: (38:13)
Everyone started creating video games and now there are hundreds of gains better than clash of clans. The very first, all you need is someone to say, wow, look at this game. That is amazing. I want to create something like it. And some of you, you university students are gifted enough to the game. So going into usage, you can put the podcast and the youtube together. So let’s say with my VR boats, VR, you want something, I’ll give you something. Okay, I don’t know what universities you guys are from, but you guys become together. If you guys all do be are in ar, create a podcast about B r n a r. Create a face on let’s say Facebook group, a Twitter, name it, whatever to talk about a R and B r. After that, you can create videos to show everyone how to do it and what you’ve been doing.

Speaker 1: (39:16)
You could say every Friday at 8:00 PM Easter time or 8:00 PM GMT type, and I don’t know, APN, we’re going to have a live video. Now, if you have friends, perhaps you could get four friends together and you completed the game at the same time fortnight, right? And you put that on Youtube and you share that away. Use the right hashtags and it’s not about going viral. It’s about creating and getting the attention. East ports is massive right now. E-Learning is massive right now. How many virtual reality and augmented reality youtube channels are on Youtube right now? Not many. VR and Ar, what it’s officially year language and everything is God. You’re going to be able to put a headset on and you’ll be able to go to Japan. You don’t have to go there and physically you could go there right here in the mind. So again, think about it.

Speaker 1: (40:15)
Think about it now. Netflix, who watches Netflix? Raise your hand. Oh, see, there we go. The hands are raising. Okay. Netflix. Oh Man. Three years ago, but you know what stranger things, they’re starting to advertise a heavy in Thailand. Why? Because they know type people are visual so they know type people on the bts. The big banners outside, I can see a banner right over there. I don’t know what it says, but they are visually, they’re visual people, right? So when it comes to Netflix and when they started emergent with the series type people like they’re great to learn English. That’s right. Y you get the video, you can read and you get the audio. You get three representational systems in one and that flux has that right now. So this is an idea. If you can develop something like Netflix in terms of learning online, you’ll have $1 billion company.

Speaker 1: (41:25)
If you can get something where you could read and listen and watch at the same time. There it is. Because right now I can tell you right now I’ve seen the English capabilities of tides. Has it decreased significantly over the last two years? Why Netflix and guess what is engaging and guess what? They’re going to share it on social media. Now that what’s has the attention. Netflix also releases a series all the time. Now they have series in Thai, Japanese, French that flicks. Now has marvel, Marvel’s $1 million company that the rival Disney said, I’m going to create Disney plus and we’re going to take all these marvel characters. Disney wants to create an airline. Guys, this is all opportunity. This the nos. They can be every airline in America. Why? Because will airlines in America with kind of bed. So with this name, if they created the airline and all the flight attendants are wearing these Mickey mouse outfits and stuff, they know they could be jet blue, southwest airlines, American Airlines, and they can be the mount opportunity. That’s all there is. So with podcasts, if you don’t listen to podcasts, I don’t know, create one. Some of you right now, oh, I’m not a speaker, I’m not a speaker. Was I a speaker? Go back and listen to my first podcast. I was like, Ooh. [inaudible]

Speaker 1: (43:07)
de, you know, before I got on stage, I was like a knock one on one means of meeting. I’m scared, right? And so I wasn’t the best, but I started somewhere. You’re not a speaker now, but you could be, you develop a skill set that is needed in a specific area. You feel the need. That’s what Jack Ma said. Find a need and fill it. There was an entrepreneur that actually help breed electricity to a rural village in northern Philippines. She found a need and she filled it. That’s what I’m saying, podcast right now in Thailand, it’s getting a little bit bigger. But for these youngsters, if you guys like talking about black, pink, Pete Black, what is it? The black people thing? Yeah. You guys like to talk about Pete Black and uh, [inaudible] 68. Oh yeah. You make a podcast on that and start talking about what’s happened or maybe the things that you like. This is audio. You start promoting that, promoted it only on a, what does the Instagram and get into the [inaudible].

Podcast

Blockchain in Bangkok: Neighborhood is Buying & Selling Energy

I normally give Thailand (primarily the women) a hard time in terms of treating individuals the same.  However, I love innovation.  As the mass transit system sets up across Bangkok, I’m like a child on Christmas, jumping around deliriously and anxiously waiting for the grand opening.

With the Sky Trains (grey, red, pink, brown, green line extensions, orange, yellow) going up around the city, there’s an even greater story: Thais buying and selling electricity using blockchain.

Source: World Economic Forum

 

So, the infographic might be hard to understand, but let’s just say the generating capacity of is enough to trade electricity between a mall, school, dental hospital, and apartment complex.

The managing director of the Australian firm, Power Ledger, said that enabling renewable energy trading will reduce our carbon footprint.

Just recently, Elon Musk heading to my native Puerto Rico and provided dozens of solar panels to a children’s hospital.  Furthermore, neighborhoods all across the globe are implementing solar panels in neighborhoods — encouraging everyone to switch to renewable energy.

This not only puts a spark into humanity, but for countries such as Thailand, which are notorious for pollution, there are people who are pushing to make the switch.

Most notably, the gym I go to, Lab BKK, is all renewable; from the lightbulbs, to taking out all plastic, to having all their products + humanity.

Times are getting interestingly exciting!

The Latest Technological Trends & Innovations You Should Watch (Longread – 2/3)

The future trend that many people need to keep up with will be data science because the world is moving towards digitization; a world where many users would give their data in return for better services. Therefore, Deloitte suggested that data needed to be free and shouldn’t be like Orwellian like the dystopian novel ‘1984’ that popularised the word ‘big brother’; scrutinizing everyone’s daily lives.  Even giving up on too much information could wipe out the concept of privacy which Deloitte called ‘data sovereignty,’ which encourages the government and technological companies to conserve their users and the government to protect the data privacy by freeing up data. The advantages of using data would make marketing agencies and enterprises become more competitive so they can know more about their customers. As the saying goes, ‘customer is king’ because the market will become more customer-centric and social.

Furthermore, the power of data would make products and services become more customer-centric where it allows the products and services to be customisable as sellers and buyers will be moving and incline towards marketplaces. Chelsea Rustrum once said ‘the future of economy will be the marketplaces as the economy is inclining and becoming more like a big marketplace.’  Therefore, as an employer, you need to empower your employees and give up your rights by giving rights them to your employee. This kind of trend was known as the “sharing economy” or “sharing capitalism” because of Airbnb and Uber, which pioneered giving and sharing. Also, the second generation of startups fully utilised the crowds for funds to kickstart a project  known as crowdfunding.  I still remember my short mentorship with the founder of Crowdsourcing Week, Epi, who showed me the future of crowd-basedbecause of the sharing economy like Airbnb and Uber and the p2p money network, Bitcoin, and its heart of technology that powered Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, blockchain, really revolutionised the status quo so that we can do things at a lower-cost and eliminate fixed costs.

This type of trend would disrupt traditional supple-chains where it used to be based on pickup and transporting goods. However, a data-driven supply chain would make things easier and sufficient as customers would pay for goods and services through online payment since there are many financial technologies like Venmo and PayPal (the company that pioneered online payment system), but with the blockchain, which could revolutionise the internet into the internet 2.0, it would make payment systems safer and more trusted by consumers as it would be more safe and unable to be compromised by hackers. Also, blockchain would possibly make huge disruptions to health services. A good example will be Estonia, a real futuristic e-Governance in the making and attracted many digital nomads and global citizens with their e-residency. It was a real inspiration for the Singaporean, Australian and New Zealand governments to have their own e-passports being issued by the government. At the end of the day, data and the cyberspace will be democratised and citizens would fully own their own data and the cyberspace through its decentralised framework of the blockchain.

 

The Latest Technological Trends & Innovations You Should Watch (Longread – 1/3)

The technologists, business leaders, politicians, and government officials went off to Davos for the World Economic Forum to sit and talk about the new economy; how the world is about to shift into a new type of economy unlike the billionaires who are trying to save themselves from a bleak future as being envisioned by the technology pessimists. The way for you to future-proof yourselves will be to become life-long learners, pursue your own passions, and be positive against all odds.

According to the Deloitte report, this year is suppose to be the year that technological advances happen.  Deloitte had predicted that in order for enterprises to survive, they need to re-engineer their companies from both ways: the top down and bottom up. Every company needs to modernise their IT infrastructure, using automation and the outcome budgetary will be the way to go.

Since the recession, which caused many people and millennials to go unemployed and underemployed, there were many startups that sprang up and changed the status quo of the old economy of capitalism where enterprises were still being built on the traditional business hierarchy.  The capitalists would cut costs and maximise profits at the expenses of their workers till one innovator changed the way we work for 100 years, Henry Ford, who invented the American automobile industry and the 9 to 5 pm for the weekdays with increased wages.

However, the startup entrepreneurs have been leveraging technological innovation since the 1990s Age of Information like free software and hiring remotely through marketplaces like Upwork and Elance that allowed their business models to disrupt the traditional business models. This was built on labour-intensive.  Meanwhile, these startups were capital intensive, which allowed them to expand fast with the money from well – known venture capital. A good example will be this startup that doesn’t require traditional brick and mortar offices who practised a hierarchical organisation which they were responsible for this popular term at their height of the glory ‘holacracy,’ pioneered by the founder of Zappos, Tony Hsieh. With this new concept, it allowed many co-working spaces to develop and disrupt the traditional office spaces like mushrooms; and this kind of trend inspired daredevils, who are risk takers, to run their startup companies. Another company that popularised open – source platform for blogging that brought the world WordPress, Automattic was a company which started the remote companies that inspired entrepreneurs to run their business.

As technologies are getting more advanced due to their efficiency and becoming more user – friendly, repetitive jobs can be easily automated. According to the Oxford University report, 47% of jobs will be automated, a worrying trend as the current SME entrepreneurs who haven’t been adaptable would need to deploy their current workers and another workforce to re-skill their obsolete skills and adopt automation as technology.  AI and machine learning, like algorithms, would easily detect and match things compared to humans’ manual work. Therefore, it showed that these technologies are getting highly cognitive where Deloitte called it cognitive technology. AI and machine learning will be the trend in healthcare and marketing. However, PWC reported the AI would create many jobs for future to come if the current workforces and future generations could future – proof themselves.

The Dark Side of Virtual Reality

By Jiun Ting Yong

VR is a huge dollar of industry despite it being a new one; and experts said it will grow by leaps and bounds. A lot of research showed VR is one of the fastest growing industries.

People love VR because of its immersive experience. It allows people to enter a virtual space, tapping into the human’s imaginative side. With this type of technology, it gives the power of bending reality like the science fiction movie based on the cyberpunk theme, The Matrix.

In the climax of the Matrix, once you enter into the world of Matrix, you can bend the reality or defy the law of physics like the character Neo. It is addictive — especially for the gamers who love the taste of being the kingmaker because humans love the power of control and manipulation!

Henceforth, some gamers went to an even further extreme, just like the latest science fiction by Steven Spielberg, ‘Ready Player One’, these gamers would rather stay in the virtual reality world rather than the physical world or the real world. With the rise of VR games like the Diablo, Star Trek, Rec Room and other games that you possibly came across in the ‘Top 10 best VR Games’ on the iOS, MacOs, Windows and Android. This could be a big problem.

The real reason why people are stuck in their bedroom with their VR games is because of depression — causing people to hideaway in their VR.  This kind of phenomenon was known as a recluse or in Japanese term known as ‘Hikkimori’ where young adults took years to leave their room. This is because Japanese society was, and continues to be a stressful society.

Amazingly, the Japanese VR startup used VR to solve the problem of Hikkimori by using VR for people who are reclused as a way for them to attend school by using VR! That’s the irony of the technology. Furthermore, we have to admit one thing about VR games. It will be the utopian world that resonates in the United Nations Charter and human rights non-profit organization — which they have always advocated free from criminal activities, rights to citizenships, make poverty history, no AIDS and eradicating wars, people sharing similar opportunities, no racism, no human bias, and earn a decent income that will make you rich like Swiss and Swedish nationals.

Now we realised that being stuck in your room playing VR games isn’t that bad after all because the utopian world really resonates with what humans beings have always dreamt of for centuries. This is because in the virtual world, you can’t inflict pain like the real world can.  However, bear in mind that VR games can only blur the lines between the virtual world and the real world. You need an avatar, not your real self walk into the virtual world.  This can only cause both worlds to collide just like what physicists have predicted.  This concept is applicable to people who realise the merging of the real world and the virtual world. These kinds of people would act and dress like their favourite characters!

However, according to a psychologist, Silcox, VR games aren’t that bad or being a lack of benefits because, in reality, people still can keep in touch with their virtual world and characters if they are given the right tools. According to Silcox, this kind of psychology, known as the status quo bias, means people won’t get used to the new status quo, ultimately jumping to an irrational judgement.  It is normal for parents to scream at their kids because they waste their time playing their favourite VR games.

Moreover, Silcox believed that the power of imagination can help in their psychologically and behaviour development among teens and young adults. Don’t forget since the dawn of man, our forefathers loved to imagine things that managed to create fantastic epics, poems and novels even the science fiction that earned George Lucas a billion dollars.  Don’t forget the famous science fiction horror Aliens trilogy — which was the imagination of the director and surreal artist.

The most famous utopian society that managed to survive through time because these like-minded people read the books and works of the enlightenment thinkers, the Founding Fathers of the new republic.  USA was a real utopian under experiment….. based on the principles of liberties and human rights at the time of George Washington with his signing of  The Declaration of Independence and it did work. So the utopian society that the VR games provide, it might be the correct tools for us to achieve the equality and equity that the post – World War II have been trying to do for the decades.

This is only the beginning.

Day-tight Compartments: Anxiety & “What Am I Supposed To Do” Happened

Touch a button and hear, at every level of your life, the iron doors shutting out the Past – the dead yesterdays.  Touch another and shut off, with a metal curtain, the Future – the unborn tomorrows.  Then you are safe – safe for today!  . . . Shut off the past! Let the dead past bury its dead . . . Shut out the yesterdays which have lighted fools the way to dust death . . . The load of tomorrow, added to that of yesterday, carried, makes the strongest falter.  Shut off the future as tightly as the past . . . The future is today . . . . There is no tomorrow.  The day man’s salvation is now.  Waste of energy, mental distress, nervous worries dog the steps of a man who is anxious about the future . . . Shut close, then, the great fore and aft bulkheads, and prepare to cultivate the habit of a life of ‘day-tight-compartments.’ ” – Dale Carnegie

When I read this a few days ago, I had weight lift off my shoulders.  It was a vortex of melancholy.  I was sitting on my bed, hunched over, and these thoughts started bearing down on me.  I get worked up when jobs send me jobs, stay quiet for about a week, then I have to ask them, “what happened?”  and when I do, they say “sorry, they chose another teacher.”

This is very infuriating, as what I’ve said a many times before, so I took charge.  I decided to email them back and I went on a clean, concise rant before blocking the email.

I won’t sit around and weight for people to choose me at the end of the stick because of obvious reasons.

I woke up the next morning and said, “what have I done?!”  But, in the end, did I want to work for a place like that anyways? Absolutely not.

So what did I do? I was succumbed by worry – worry that didn’t make any sense.  I look at my bank accounts and say, “I’m actually pretty good right now.”  I look at my income for this month, and I’m actually in a pretty good surplus.  So what the hell is it that I’m worried about?

The Future

I had to revert to the manual.  The future, and thinking about all the what ifs, will drive us insane.  It drives a lot of people to insanity, depression, and death.  As all of you have heard a many of times, we can only control the things that are happening at that moment – nothing else.  We get so caught up in the “what’s going to happen next month? I don’t have anything coming up? Omg. I’m in trouble!” However, this has happened so much in terms of my life even back in Australia.

I was a dental temp and boy, during the Christmas holidays, I was completely out of money.  I had all my money in an account I had no access to and banks were closed for like 2 weeks.  Not only that, but being a dental temp, a lot of offices are on vacation.  It picked back-up (obviously after Christmas), but my life was never in real danger, nor is it here (given the fact that expenses are much cheaper).  I know what I’m doing and I know where I’m going in life right now, so the goal is to stay focused.

Podcast

Is Technology Really Bad? Or Is It The Older Generations That Are Feeding Us Suggestions?

I was reading an article with my students about 2017 being the safest year in aviation history.  That’s right.  52 deaths in a 365 day calendar year.  Half of those deaths came within the last week (what I call freak accidents) with what it seems to be a very bad plane model (forgot the name but I think it’s a Cessna).  Nonetheless, no commercial airlines crashed.  Is it because Air Traffic control and communication improved vastly? Oh, no? Ok, plane models got much better than? The horrendous 747-400 is finally retired in America, leaving behind a pretty horrendous crash report (and these planes should’ve been retired after the 80’s).  Nonetheless, we have to say that technology, in general, has improved in this area.

Deadliest decade? 1970’s and 1980’s with over 100,000 deaths per decade (correct me if I’m wrong).  Hmmm….so let’s think about that.  Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination along with JFK (which happened a bit earlier); the horrendous Vietnam War, the Khmer Rouge ransacking Phnom Pehn Cambodia, the introduction of cocaine in the Americans.  It’s safe to say that it was a batshit crazy couple of decades, and it’s very important to acknowledge what has happened in the past.  But it was a lack of communication that fueled wars, was it not?

However, the focus here is technology.

No social media.  International calling? Ceased to exist, right? Landlines only.  Took forever to send mail and packages.  You name it….but because technology evolved so much, I can send a text message from where I’m sitting now to the other side of the world instantaneously.  News outlets, such as all of them, are pleading that it’s the end of the world, yet they’re the ones who technically created the “beast.”

Let’s focus on the kaleidoscope.  How nuts was it to look into lens of some object to the stars? Let’s look at the introduction of the Atari – the first “inventive” video game system in the 80’s (I think?).  Let’s fast forward to the SNES and Sega Genesis.  Oh, those were supposed to ruin the lives of many people, yet I was able to befriend the best basketball player in my elementary school by having him come over and play a game with me before our 3rd grade class.

What about the introduction to MSN messenger and AIM?! Who remembers that? Ok, Korea had Xanga and Thailand had Hi-Five.  Yikes…that was into the dawn of the new millennium.  Remember pagers? I mean people were complaining about those, Myspace, and now they’re pointing fingers at FB.

Yes, just recently in Thailand there was a suicide on FB live.  Hell, there are beatings, killings, and all types of other things happening on FB live, YouTube, Twitter and so many other things….but it’s just exposing what human beings actually are.  That’s what it comes down to.

I mean how can we say something, which will continue to evolve and disrupt the world, is actually destroying our lives? Can you say accountability?  We’re now flying with in-flight entertainment systems before our eyes in some of the biggest aircraft to ever inhabit the sky; we can send messages and FaceTime with a human being who’s on the other side of the world; Air Traffic control, which I haven’t mentioned just yet, can redirect more than a dozen planes at one time and manoeuvre them around the city to avoid collision.  If we look at the deadliest years in aviation history, to what’s happening right now with Bitcoin…..which age groups exactly are the ones pointing fingers? Those that saw the JAL flight go down in Japan? The ones that were around while the USA invaded a small country in southeast Asia because of something called “communists?”  The only ones complaining about social media are those from a completely different time.  On the other hand, young one’s are on their phones and just adapting to what’s in front of their eyes.

Gary Vee, “technology is exposing exactly who we are, not changing who we are.  Everybody shows their best life on Instagram.  But that’s what we always did…we just did it over some coffee with a friend.  Mike Tyson’s punch out was suppose to ruin my life.  The walkman. You name it.”

Who’s profiting from the penny ads on these “fake news” websites? Can I ask you a question? How much money was made by each click when there was a “tsunami triggered” just off the coast of Alaska? Do you know how much these “news” websites make by delivering “circle of concern” type news to make it seem like it’s the end-of-the-world.

Everything is not what it seems.

Embrace the change.  Embrace the fact that this world is evolving into a magnificent planet….one that has evolved drastically in the last 4, 3, 2, 1, decade and a half.  Yes, we need to clean up the plastic island mess, stop hoarding all the damn fish with these fishing companies in the pacific, polluting our coral, and clean up our greenhouse emissions – but it will take an overall gigantic effort from us.  The individuals.  You…who are reading this.  It starts now.

Podcast

 

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-

 

TOEIC Grammar: Conditionals (For My Students Around The World)

Conditionals

 

Type 0 General truth

If-clause (hypothesis)

Main clause (result)

Use

If + present simple

Present simple

If the temperature falls below 0 C, water turns into ice.

Type 1 Real present

If + present simple, present perfect or can

future/ imperative can/may/might/must/should/ could/have to + bare infinitive

real – likely to happen in the present or future

If he doesn’t pay the fine, he will go to prison.
If you need help, come and see me.
If you have finished your work, we can have a break. If you’re ever in the area, you should come and visit us.

Type 2 Unreal present

If + past simple (were)

would/could/should + bare infinitive

imaginary situation contrary to facts in the present; also used to give advice

If I had time, I would take up a sport.
(but I don’t have time – untrue in the present)
If I were you, I would talk to my parents about it. (giving advice)

Type 3 Unreal past

If + past perfect (had +PII)

would/should/could + have + PII

imaginary situation contrary to facts in the past; also used to express regrets or criticism

If she had studied harder, she would have passed the test.

Conditional clauses consist of two parts: the if-clause (hypothesis) and the main clause (result). When the if-clause comes before the main clause, the two clauses are separated with a comma. When the main clause comes before the if-clause, then no comma is necessary.

Example: If I see Tim, I’ll give him his book.

I’ll give Tim his book if I see him.

 

YouTube Video

Negative Opinions About “The Secret”

When the secret was first introduced to the world back in 2006, I was unaware of it until 2007.  I still remember that day like it was yesterday, because I ended up attracting to me my father, who I hadn’t seen in the previous six years of my life, on the bus.  Within an hour after finishing the movie, I narrowly got onto a bus where my father entered just two stops later.  I snugged my head between my legs and said, “nope, I’m not saying a damn thang to that fool!”

Within an hour I realized how I can attract individuals into my life.  About a month later, I got into a shouting party with my brother because he unwittingly demeaned everything about the secret saying, “the universe? Ahh hell nah. That s***s too crazy for me” in dumb downed rhetoric.  My friend Ty, who’s attending Harvard’s Dental School at this very moment, came between us and a war of fists.

Why am I bringing up these two situations that coincide with each other? Well, I saw someone by the name of Gary V ranting in front of a crowd about how ‘The Secret’ is bs.  Now, you have to remember that criticizing others beliefs, differences, cultural backgrounds and opinions is a gateway to a fierce argument.  I always tell my listeners that you can be a believer in god, allah, buddha, or anything you want – what you must do, though….is accept others opinions – regardless if you believe it to be right or wrong.

He went on to say that “being positive is the key”…but being positive is also cultivated from the mind, which has created so much of what’s around us.  On top of that, the mind is energy, and energy is the universe.  This is exactly what ‘The Secret’ is.

I won’t go on a long disagreement, but remember, never let people use auto-suggestion to dictate your beliefs.  If I was weak, I would’ve allowed myself to believe his opinion and do away with what’s written in my essence.  This is the destroyer of so many futures because we listen to other people and create our beliefs around it.

Believe in what you believe in and don’t let someone else say otherwise.