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.

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Interviewee #6: Steve Pipe on Muay Thai & Cryptocurrency

I went to Benjakiti Park right outside Asoke Station, which is a BTS skytrain stop here in Bangkok, and there was a meet-up of a lot of people for a community workout.

This was one of the very first days, which then turned into a many of days, where I just rebelled against going into work early – only to make the same salary again….something I’ve been doing far too long.

I came across this guy – Steve.  He’s a kiwi (for those Americans who don’t know, he’s from New Zealand), and within the matter of what seemed like seconds, we were talking about the universe, overcoming the odds, and we exchanged details almost immediately.

During a nap sometime last week, I woke up and told myself to ask the CEO of The Lab, Rich Cohen, for a podcast interview.  A couple days later, I did my first ever interview and it was fascinating to say the least.  On that same day, I asked my main man, Steve Pipe, for an interview – which was also a big success.

So here I am today giving you ANOTHER podcast interview!

Get in touch with Steven Pipe

 

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Things we discussed:

  • What was his job in New Zealand before his move to Australia?
  • Muay Thai in Bangkok and how he seized the opportunity.
  • Income earning and teaching, as well as sharing about his training and working in The Lab.
  • Personal development, goal setting and visualization.
  • Fear of fighting and winning the match.
  • Differences between boxing and Muay Thai.
  • What kind of mental grit there is in Muay Thai.
  • The monster opponent.
  • Mentality before the biggest fight of his life.
  • What’s Steve’s training regime.
  • How to diet as a Muay Thai fighter.
  • Introduction to Crypto and how he got started.
  • Blockchain technology.
  • Alternative cryptos and how to win.
  • Wallet exchanges and crashes in the cryptomarket.
  • Strategy to earn some quick return in investments.
  • How much he has made from investing in Cryptocurrency.
  • Negative news on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency investment.
  • Sharing about how to develop cryptocurrency investment strategy, research, learn about the projects and learn about the system.
  • Main goals and plans.
  • Upcoming book.

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Thank you for listening!

 

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Darren Hardy: Disassociations, Limited Associations & Expanded Associations

I had to weed out some people in my life who aren’t trying to cultivate the right mindset.  I can’t be around complainers.  This is why I ended up getting scrutinized at work because I was no longer part of the “ain’t it awful” club, which is the older Gen X and B men who literally sit in a circle and complain about the country’s woes.

This was the beginning.  When I started removing the garbage from my life, I had so much more time to focus on the good.  Remember the conversation I had on my podcast when I told you about a particular individual (the snake who tried getting me fired 2 years ago)?  Yeah, finished work at 5pm and left with him back to the other side of town.  The amount of bitching he did for the ensuing 45 minutes made me feel so horrible about life, yet he had a girlfriend was was less than half his age and he was also anglo.  I needed to draw the line once and for all, and when I did just that, everyone began ignoring me.  Shit.  Happens.

Another individual I have to mention is the “apparent best friend” who decided to get into a relationship before I bolted to America.  This individual got so angry at me that she stopped talking to me.  This was mid-October – and later – I had yet another one of those difficult Thailand moments that she wasn’t there to support me and guide me through because of her ego.

I told myself, “it was first October 2014 when she rarely spoke to me.  Now it’s October of 2017? She has failed to come through again? She’s off the list.”

I cancelled my ticket based off instinct.  Days later I got removed from a terrible company and threatened by someone who has never liked me to this date.  Did she shove her personal wants aside to encourage me through the dark clouds? Absolutely not.

I’m quick to remove people.  If I feel someone no longer serves a purpose or becomes very bitchy, I’m done.  You need to also put up those boundaries.

Limited Associations

Gary Vee spoke about this recently.  If it’s very difficult to just remove someone in the entire form, just reduce the amount of time you spend with them.

You have your three minute, three hour, three day, and vacation type of people.

It’s hard for me to go into the teachers room with teachers in there because those are three-second beings (lol).  Look at the three minute people in your life.  When does the conversation go completely south? Have you ever been on a vacation with someone and you wanted to kill them by it’s end? Because they’re not a vacation type of person!

Expanded Associations

Reach out to the people who have or influence you in different ways.  A great example of this would be investor/influencer that I workout with.  She’s an amazing person.  Yes, she’s Thai — and her husband is — too.  However, being around them just makes me so incredibly happy and inspired.  Seeing her successful FB photos of her being in Bali inspires me like crazy.  Another girl, by the name of Praew, has some of the highest energy I’ve seen in five years living here.  I would love to go out with her to a lounge and talk business.  Look for people who have those “attractive” personal qualities.  Join organizations, businesses, health clubs (such as what I joined to meet the above people) and be around these people who can ultimately be mentors.

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https://www.spreaker.com/user/thearseniobuckshow/darren-hardy-disassociations-limited-ass

Napoleon Hill: Cooperation – The Necessary Instructions For Action

Gary Vee kind of s***s on the secret, saying that “if you think you’re just going to visualize sitting in a yacht, thing again!”  He was talking on The Breakfast Club, a controversial show, and shortly after one of the speakers said, “hey, I actually believe that – but you have to follow it with action.”

See you have physical action and mental action.  You can be very active with your mind while your body is inactive.  If you believe that visualizing a billion dollars in your lap will make you obtain a billion dollars without inspired action or a burning desire, think again.

There are some men of action.  One his a dynamo and one is a balanced wheel.

The man who is a “balanced-wheel” who does nothing but compile facts, figures and statistics is just as much as a man of action as the man who goes upon the platform and sells an idea to a thousand people by the sheer power of his active personality.

A good reference is when a man, who has hated me, called for a meeting and almost my ahead.  He sat there showing statistics that were completely covering up the internal problem of the company.  He said, “your renewals are going down.”  I can sit here and justify why my renewals are going down, but the fact and matter is that one of the “top” academic teachers in the company had a 30% lower mark in renewals than me – yet I was being scrutinized heavily for students “not renewing.”

“The world pays you for what you do and not for what you know.”

This statement could be a bit misconstrued.  What the world really pays you for is what you do and what you can make others do.

A man who can make others co-operate and do effective team-work, or inspire others so that the become more active, is no less a man of action than the man who renders effective service in a more direct manner. – Napoleon Hill

The main purpose of this book and what I’m trying to convey is to help you analyze yourself and determine what your native ability.  Figuring out your definite chief-aim is the first part.

Let’s now talk about how action can be developed.

First: Form the habit of doing each day the most distasteful tasks first.  This procedure will be difficult at first, but after you have formed the habit you will take pride in pitching into the hardest and most undesirable part of your work first.

THE MUNDANE TASKS! Remember I’ve been saying this for almost two years.  Completing the most mundane tasks first and free-ing up those attention units are pivotal.  Some people like to brush it aside, but get it done, and out of the way first.

Example, if I have to write monotonously boring reports for students, bet your a$$ I’m going to do it almost immediately.  The philosophy in terms of putting something on paper for a student rather than explaining it to them face-to-face is quite unsettling.

If someone tells me to do something that I don’t want to do…but that I have to do, I’m going to hurry up and do it.

Another example is preparing for a big project.  If my colleagues say: “could you please send this, come in and talk to us about this…blah blah blah” – I’m going to do that immediately.

Second: Place this sign in front of you where you can see it in your daily work, and put a copy in your bedroom, where it will greet you as you retire and when you arise: “Do not tell them what you can do; show them!”

Third: Repeat the following words, aloud, twelve times each night just before you go to sleep: “Tomorrow I will do everything that should be done, when it should be done, and as it should be done.  I will perform the most difficult tasks first because this will destroy the habit of procrastination and develop the habit of action in its place.”

Fourth: Carry Out These Instructions with faith in their soundness and with belief that they will develop action, in body and in mind, sufficient to enable you to realize your definite chief-aim.

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Napoleon Hill: Cooperation – Introduction

As always, I love using Gary Vee to kick off the blogs because he has a way of doing things that’s very unorthodox.  He doesn’t have that “mastermind” group, as one asked him at a keynote speech.  He says he listens to the market and opinions of other people as his fundamental way of getting ideas out there.

On the other hand, you’ve heard of Harvey Firestone, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison hanging out together on a wintry winter deep inside forests – exchanging ideas.

Everyone has their own way of doing things.

If I look back at my life, and what’s currently happening and ask myself: “Arsenio, do you have a mastermind group?”

“No.”

Sometimes I get off track with distractions.  If someone comes into my life, I get sidetracked if we’re not aligned with things and fall into a weird state of mind where I feel….depressed.

Who’s in my ear every morning? Well, if I need a jump, I listen to Eric Thomas, who’s an outstanding motivational speaker.  This comes when times are tough.  However, when I’m on fire and need to get things done, I go straight into Gary Vee’s podcast or YouTube video.  This gives me a lot of ideas and puts me in such a positive state of mind.  I surround myself with figures all around the planet whom don’t even know they’re part of my mastermind group.  Who says it has to be physical?

In Napoleon Hill’s Book, Co-operation is the beginning of all organized effort.  Remember what I talked about in the first lesson of this course in terms of Andrew Carnegie accumulating a gigantic fortune through organized efforts.  Gary Vee also talks about being in that community of people, which I’ve met a lot of on his page.  I have a handful of awesome entrepreneurs in my Facebook area because of that community on his page.

First, the co-operation between people who group themselves together or form alliances for the purpose of attaining a given end, under the principles known as the Law of the Master Mind.

Second, the co-operation between the conscious and the sub-conscious minds, which forms a reasonable hypothesis of man’s ability to contact, communicate with and draw upon something greater.

Before we get into the basis of this lesson, there was something that struck me while reading a particular page of this lesson.

“If I can impress my subconscious mind with the desire to arise at a specified time and it will awaken me at that time, why do I not form the habit of impressing it with other and more important desires?”

Pretty interesting theory, ey? This is basically saying if you feed your mind over and over the information you want at any given time, you will win.

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Darren Hardy: Chapter 4 – Momentum

Harnessing The Power of The Big Mo

It’s like when in the morning when I wake up on fire, do a podcast, drop clothes off at the dry-cleaning, do my Instagram posts, and a few other things.  It’s all about momentum.  You guys have experienced the Big Mo one way or another.  It could be during your workouts, commute to work (responding to tons of emails), or even using “down-time” as “power-time.”

Isaac Newton’s Law of Inertia sums it up.  Couch potatoes stay couch potatoes.  People like Gary Vee, who’s always on the run, stays on the run.  It’s all about getting in that successful rhythm.

The same thing happens when a rocket is launched off the launchpad.  Recently I was watched the beloved Elon Musk shoot off a rocket into orbit on Space X (YouTube).  At first, it was ridiculously slow.  I said, “that’s how fast rockets are?”  However, after a few minutes, that bad boy was traveling at an astounding rate per second.  The hardest part was getting off the ground.  Kind of like a plane taking off.  At first it’s a little bit slow, but after about 800 meters, it’s going pretty fast until the pilot lifts the wheel and up-up-and away!

You’re going to need a lot of energy to break the initial inertia – but once you get going, watch out!

Ever wonder why successful people tend to get more successful… the rich get richer… the happy get happier… the lucky get luckier.

“But momentum works on both sides of the equation—it can work for you or against you. Since the Compound Effect is always working, negative habits, when left unchecked, can build up steam and send you into a tailspin of “unlucky” circumstances and consequences.” – Darren Hardy

Like when you initially get acquainted with the “ugly group” at school.  The negative habits, plus the consequences, will come pouring in.  This is the law and this is how it works.  Also, it’s hard to break out of it.  You can’t just “jump-out” a gang without severe consequences.

How do you get “Big Mo” to pay you a visit?

1. Making new choices based on your goals and core values
2. Putting those choices to work through new positive behaviors
3. Repeating those healthy actions long enough to establish new habits
4. Building routines and rhythms into your daily disciplines
5. Staying consistent over a long enough period of time”

When the iPod was initially launched in 2001 (I had no idea!), they had a 30% revenue growth.  However, the next year it went to -33%.  2003 was still in the negative but in 2004, and when I started to see it on TV shows on MTV, it went into a 18% surplus.  60%……70%.  BOOM!  This is momentum.

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Future of Technology: Alexa Devices

Alexa cues…..

  • Alexa, what’s the agenda?
  • Alexa, how tall are you?
  • Alexa, what’s the weather like?
  • Alexa, volume seven.
  • Alexa, play rock, paper, scissors.
  • Alexa, how far away is Christmas?
  • Alexa, resume my audio book.
  • Alexa, open dominos and order a cheese pizza.
  • Alexa, how many calories are in one slice of cheese pizza?

These are just a handful of questions that you can say to a device.  Literally, a speaker that talks back to you.  You can ask it to order an uber and she’ll tell you the exact time the uber is coming.  I mean this is the age that we’re heading into.  Alexa devices and audio; such as podcasts, are going to be the gateway to the new world of technology.

It’s funny because I have never heard of Alexa Devices until Gary Vee brought it up not once, but a many of times.

I decided to do research and realized — WOW! How easy would it be to say, “hey Alexa, order three bottles of water from he 7-11 downstairs.”  Then to have her confirm the order and receive it almost immediately.  I would also like the, “Arsenio, your bottles of water have arrived.  Should I tell him/her that you’re heading down to pick it up?”

Within 10 years, time is going to be the biggest and most important commodity for a lot people (if it already isn’t) and people need to jump onboard because the world of technology is rapidly expanding.

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The Ramble: Traveling Next Year, Podcast, GaryVee, My Own Medicine, Q’s & A’s.

I decided to create a podcast on what’s happening in the life of Arsenio Buck in Bangkok, Thailand.  Here’s a rundown of today’s topics in short and what’s been happening since my “Wheel of Life” podcast.

Traveling

I pre-booked some spots in my schedule for next years traveling because, of course, I need to have traveling + Spartan competitions, and traveling just for the sake of seeing wonderful countries.

Kazakhstan/Kyrgyzstan are both an 80% go at this point, unless withdrawals happen because my lack of depositing into a developing relationship.  Honestly, some of you are probably thinking now, “omg! Those countries? Why?” Well, I’ve always wanted to travel to Central Asia because I believe like Georgia and Azerbaijan, its the best kept secret.  I’ve seen how open-minded just about everyone is there just being online and how friendly they are and willing to meet.  My heart is telling me to go there; and on top of that, I have a brilliant friend who’s urging me to visit.  So, expect a April landfall, podcasts, and crazy blogs + videos coming up during that time.

Cairo, Egypt….yes, yes, YES! I went on a day trip when I was in the Maldives to one of the islands in proximity to Hulhumale, and on that boat trip on over…I locked eyes with a specimen.  A gorgeous specimen, but she gave me an unresponsive stare.  However, when we got to the island, she unwittingly grabbed my empty glass and placed it on a plate that the concierge was collecting.  I said, “omg, thank you!” It was the sweetest gesture ever.  10 minutes later – her, myself, and her friend were chatting it up, under the sun, in the most gorgeous, turquoise waters ever.  She’s a soon-to-be dentist and he’s a soon-to-be engineer.  They said Egypt, especially Cairo, is AMAZING! And that I should visit.  They also told me that September was the perfect month to visit, too.  Therefore, September is when I will set air (not set sail) to Cairo!

With those two massive trips looming in the New Year, I still need to fit in America, and my short Spartan holidays (Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and possibly Melbourne, Australia if my friend becomes a friend again between now and February).  It’s an action packed year approaching!

GaryVee Podcast

Boy! I listened for probably 30 minutes last night and about 30 minutes this morning.  The keys and things he said in the podcasts I listened to relate so much to my podcast in general.  For instance, there was a girl talking about, “I’m not thinking so much of the present right now because our business is losing money…I’m thinking more of the future.”  This struck me because just a few days ago I was pretty down on my podcast plays before I made a podcast + blog about not giving up.  Within 24 hours, I got the best back-to-back day in my podcast history in terms of plays with countries such as China, Mauritius, Hungary, Uganda and others coming on strong.  The thing is you’re going to encounter a lot of setbacks, but those setbacks are needed for the process called “growth.” Never forget that.

Two Days Ago & Dealing With Ignorance

Wednesday was a head scratching day.  It first started with going into a 7-11.  There was a man standing just a few steps back behind the counter.  I, unknowingly, stepped in.  After that, this same man took four giant steps back into the middle of the aisle, standing there with a blank look on his face.  What my historical self would’ve said would be something around the lines of, “oh, you’re acting like an asshole. I didn’t know you were in line.  Come up here? You don’t want to go?”  However, I invited him to come before me and he still had a blank look on his face.  I won’t fight with ignorance, so I decided to just pay and go.  I win, he loses.  Done.

However, later on that evening I had some students laugh and make fun of the Vegas massacre.  Ignorance like that cannot be tolerated, and it often happens here in Thailand, unfortunately.  The lack of sympathy, empathy, compassion and heart runs real deep within 90% of the beings here.  I erupted and some of the other teachers in nearby classrooms heard the commotion.  I said, “do you think that’s funny? 59 people dying is funny to you?” One shrugged her shoulders and I went on a rant, threw some paper at them and that will be the last time ever facing those individuals again.  Now, of course I’ve been reading so much on dealing with people, but that’s a whole different level of ignorance that can only be handled by fury.

Inhale……..exhale.  Everything is perfectly fine.  I feel that the situation last night had to occur for a reason.  My guess is something, or someone, is trying to emerge in that time-frame.  It took a comment from a few individuals for me to say, “find someone else to deal with your ignorance.”  These things happen, people.  Despite my reaction and them, words and pettiness comes and goes a dime a dozen with no value whatsoever.  State what you have to say, and when you say it…know the ramifications of what might happen.  Nevertheless, I’m grateful for having yet another opportunity to teach and speak in this country filled with opportunities.  See, you can change your state-of-mind pretty quick, if you want to.