BOOM! And just like that, here’s the first of what’s going to be a NUMBER of IGTV live podcasts. I was elated when I found out that I can finally save the live videos to an IGTV series. This was just so much content and so many golden nuggets put into one. I must apologize for the busted audio….it’s IG…just like FB, but there are great things within. Tune into this bad boy!
What an extraordinary podcast this was. The energy that was bouncing off the walls in this one made me want to run 100 miles at the conclusion. Brian, an amazing PhD student and philanthropist, is looking to leave such a profound legacy that will make everyone go “omg! WOW!” This is a fiery one, so make sure you tune into the podcast down below, along with his links!
Get in touch with Brian A. Street
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yourlegacybeginsnow/
- Tumblr: https://yourlegacybeginsnow.tumblr.com/
- Website: https://yourlegacybeginsnow.com/
- Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yourlegacybeginsnow/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/brian_a_street
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yourlegacybeginsnow/
Things we discussed:
- Definition for gratitude and how to cultivate a positive mindset.
- About ups and downs and transitioning in his new life, academic research and his new business in social entrepreneurship, mentorship, speaking and coaching.
- The beginning of social entrepreneurship.
- How he’s made an impact in people’s lives and how he bring changes to children’s lives.
- Visualizing your life.
- Reevaluating your life and the secret of the mind power.
- Power of mindsets.
- What the ultimate purpose is.
- What is the purpose of The Arsenio Buck Foundation? What are the social impact the foundation can bring?
- Work in your passion and money will follow.
- How you can network and make contacts.
- Pursuit of Africa.
Thank you for listening!
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- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thearseniobuckshow/?hl=en
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIzp4EdbJVMhhSnq_0u4ntA
- Podcasts: https://www.spreaker.com/user/thearseniobuckshow, https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-arsenio-buck-show/id1181794790?mt=2, https://open.spotify.com/show/0x39CEN5tHvfRtfZaAMTgQ?si=8cpdu1rTTjKHogufXh91Cw
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I was on the fence back in 2017. I wasn’t sure if I was going to take a long journey to South America, or wait it out and see how it played out in Thailand. Nonetheless, I was a scared child — AGAIN! I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next. I’m so grateful I stuck things through and battled out a very toxic old job. Now? Well let’s somewhat review what has happened.
I think I worked at about 6-8 places. One physical environment, a potential employer that interviewed me (and pressured me to hurry and get a visa) had a stench to it. I trusted my instincts and bombed everything at the end.
Of course I’ve mentioned the wheel of life on so many occasions already, but what I will do is talk about how bad my physical environment was suffering at the beginning of the year. From detoxing from a terribly racist job, to almost accepting another terrible job. I’m so fortunate and grateful that I went with my heart, and now my physical environment is about a 9.5.
However, the focus is you.
Ask yourself these questions.
- Am I content with my workplace? If I am, will it take me to the next level next year?
- If I’m not growing in my job, what steps can I take to look elsewhere?
- How’s my home life? Am I enjoying myself at home?
- Do I enjoy coming home at night? Is my neighborhood safe? Is there privacy and serenity where I live?
My condominium has been peace. Sure, there’s an annoying security lady who eavesdrop when I walk into the lobby and gives my students dirty looks “as if they’re prostitutes — that’s the Thai mentality — I suppose.” Other than that, it’s fantastic and I’m resigning a new contract.
How about my job? Well, after a few cold shoulders and misunderstandings, I’ve been working at this “primary” job for about 7 months already. There are multiple branches of this place…and some places are not good AT ALL, but I’m fortunate to have landed at a great place to teach. The money sucks, but it’s just a source of income that will be finished next year. The other places I LOVE!!
So, it’s your turn…..
Let me first ask you some questions.
- Are you driven to a country because of sexual activities?
- Do you want to buy a car because of your insecurities?
- Does having a big house mean more to you than making a difference?
Those are the most basic questions in terms of these masks. From the sex tourists that have made Thailand the number 1 tourist destination on the planet as of 2017 (ok, not all are, but a significant portion of that 20 million came here to engage in sexual interaction), to the high society who lavish themselves in luxuries to cover-up what’s really wrong underneath their skin.
Welcome to the two most vicious masks of society (as most of them are).
Ok, maybe the material mask relates to women more than men, but if you put the #entrepreneurship hashtag in on Instagram, you will see a lot of men wearing super expensive suits (rented), wearing fancy watches (also rented) while standing in front of planes (jumping over fences to get to them) or standing in front of cars (without the license plate pictured). Yes, I’m calling out the Laguna boys who seemingly lost all perspective in terms of living.
Shows such as Jersey Shore made it much worse when it was all about body-building, money and the latest trends. This goes for both men and women.
Lewis Howes, at the time of writing the book, was sitting in a massive mansion in Beverly Hills. This mansion was owned by one of the most polarizing characters (and still is) by the name of Tai Lopez. Yes, the man who spouted “KNAWLEDDDGEEE” all over the net, preaching to people about the “good” life on a Ted Talk stage, and someone who would constantly show his materials. He also went on to say, “these materials don’t mean anything,” but it’s a selling point for you to get those weak-minded individuals into buying your courses?
Anywho, this is a man who’s hampered by the media-crazy materialistic America.
“The irony is, for so many people, all that materialism invalidates the quality of a person’s ideas. There’s nothing Tai can do to get those people to hear him, which just drives him further behind the Material Mask. It’s like someone trying to convince you that they care about you by screaming, “I love you!” louder and louder right in your face at the top of their lungs with the veins bulging out of their neck. You don’t hear the words; you only see the vulgar display.”
Excerpt From: Lewis Howes. “The Mask of Masculinity.” iBooks.
What’s available if you drop the mask?
Attracting people who are interested in who you are, not how much you have
Satisfaction with your achievements
I worked at a job in Pathumthani, Thailand who had about 13 anglo teachers (the emphasis is coming), all of which who escaped a terrible divorce, got shunned by their own children (who no longer speak to them) and ended up seeking refuge by marrying a poor woman from a village. This is the story of the over 45s here in Thailand.
Ok, those are wife-tourists.
Let’s put some focus on the sex monsters.
Phew, another golden chapter from one of the most golden-led books in the realm of personal development.
When you communicate synergistically, you are simply opening your mind and heart and expressions to new possibilities, new alternatives, new options.
You’re not sure when you engage in synergistic communication how things will work out or what the end will look like, but you do have an inward sense of excitement and security and adventure, believing that it will be significantly better than it was before.
Boom! Now, I’m going to relate to a particular group of people who are finding it extremely hard to open their mind and heart to new possibilities — Americans.
With what I talked about yesterday in terms of what’s happening around the world, America is in desperate need of help — period. Roseanne Barr, who was a sitcom actress, spouted and spewed some hateful remarks towards an African American. Americans on one side said, “ohhh, that’s not racist! That’s not this! That’s not that!” completely shoving aside the fact that if they had listened empathically, and I mean with empathy, they’ve could’ve opened up a new side of themselves. A side that’s so desperately needed in America today with the racial issues that are making waves on the nasty, WMD platforms (weapons of mass distraction).
Many people have not really experienced even a moderate degree of synergy in their family life or in other interactions. They’ve been trained and scripted into defensive and protective communications or into believing that life or other people can’t be trusted.
And as you can see, this is why so many barriers are created in the world.
This represents one of the great tragedies and wastes in life, because so much potential remains untapped — completely undeveloped and unused. Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential. They experience synergy only in small, peripheral ways in their lives.
They may have memories of some unusually creative experiences, perhaps in athletics, where they were involved in a real team spirit for a period of time. or perhaps they were in an emergency situation where people cooperated to an unusually high degree and submerged ego and pride in an effort to save someone’s life or produce a solution to a crisis.
To many, such events may seem unusual, almost out of character with life, even miraculous. But this is not so. These things can be produced regularly, consistently, almost daily in people’s lives.
I’ll never forget a university class I taught in leadership philosophy and style. We were about three weeks into a semester when, in the middle of a presentation, one person started to relate some very powerful personal experiences which were both emotional and insightful. A spirit of humility and reverence fell upon the class — reverence toward this individual and appreciate for his courage.
We abandoned the old syllabus, the purchased textbooks and all the presentation plans, and we set up new purposes and projects and assignments. We became so excited about what was happening that in about three more weeks, we all sensed an overwhelming desire to share what was happening with others.
We decided to write a book containing our learnings and insights on the subject of our study — principles of leadership. Assignments were changed, new projects undertaken, new teams formed. People worked much harder than they ever would have in the original class structure.
Out of this experience emerged an extremely unique, cohesive, and synergistic culture that did not end with the semester.
I’ve had a many of experiences like this that I have spoken about in my podcast down below.
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“She is a “felicitator”—one who generates and spreads happiness. She accomplishes this through being an applied positive psychology and mindfulness coach, radio show host, author, documentary filmmaker, public speaker, and optimal lifestyle influencer. She’s a champion for greater health, fitness, medical innovation, and well-being.”
Harvesting Happiness Show Notes
Things we discussed:
- What is happiness?
- How do you cultivate happiness.
- What is a mid-life crisis?
- Ways to fight depression.
- Signs of depression.
- The real thing of “busy.”
- What is positive psychology?
- Experiencing trauma.
- Psychology of medicine.
- The power of vulnerability.
- The power of failure.
- What is mindfulness?
- How to practice mindfulness.
- The beginning of the Harvesting Happiness.
- Books that influenced her life
- Encouraging people to practice personal development.
- Mental Health – how to practice lifestyle management.
- Practice Spirituality.
- Advice for people who are listening.
The podcast, which is down below, is for you to listen to the entire show. Please do share this podcast on your social media!
Wow! Just a story that resonated with me so much. This was definitely the most inspiring story I’ve ever heard in my life, and it almost reduced me to tears at one point.
This man, by the name of David Mauro, combatted a number of things in his early forties: divorce, death, plummeting job, etc. There was a moment he was sitting on the bed in his room and said to some dolls, “I don’t need your f***ing pity!” Something fell in the kitchen downstairs at the time of the echo, too.
He then went out on a journey to Alaska, most notably, Mt Denali. This is where the journey OFFICIALLY began.
Each mountain he climbed on all seven continents represented a pillar of “destruction.” Meaning, every time he climbed a mountain, he had to face a problem from the past. He went to Tanzania after Alaska, after getting approval from his girlfriend at the time, and set out on an expedition where he saw some of the most beautiful, yet lethal roses, thorns and animals on planet Earth — which had its own symbolism.
The part that made me realize a lot about my past (father) was his climb up Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina. He said it was the worst. Yes, even worse than Everest. He had to face something that was lying dormant in his mind for years — his father left him. At a young age, his father disappeared, but then reappeared when his wife (another) had left him and he had dementia.
As David was climbing this mountain, he began to hallucinate. The hallucination was basically him seeing his father as a 7-year-old kid with dementia. At that time, he reached out to his father and put his hand on his shoulder and said some words. This correlated with the reality that his father, who had left him a long time ago, needed his help. This hit one of the softest spots of me because I do believe that something is still underlying about my father leaving me when I was a kid.
The rest is in the podcast interview down below!
Wow. What a journey. I can’t be grateful enough for everything that has happened in my life. Honestly, going back to where I was 10 years ago?! In a dying relationship, moving into a new apartment, but three months later, a girl by the name of Satomi Nakagawa came into my life — urging me to travel. Life was never the same after that.
I’m here in Singapore International, taking in the sights and just so grateful for everything and everyone around me. Fast train ride here led me to some funny conversations at immigration and a super cool check-in. This is the fourth country I’ve woken up in on my birthday morning, so I just can’t be grateful enough for the process!
If I look at all areas of my life in terms of personal development, physical environment, health, wealth, romantic relationships, friends and family, fun and hobbies and career….they’ve all sustained themselves. Sure, I’ve had my pitfalls with physical environment, and that’s why I left the garbage job I was at because I knew I was too good to be there. So, cheers to my birthday!
WHAT. A. RACE.
Where should I begin? Let’s me take you from the beginning so I can provide some flow.
I arrived maybe around 9:15 to the station KTM – Kajang station. This was nearest to the super rural area the where the race was being held. From there, Ubers was stacked all around me. I pressed it and got an immediate message – my uber was right across the street. HOW CONVENIENT! He was a funny guy, asking me why I don’t have a girlfriend in Thailand.
Told him the truth. You guys know that story. LOL
There was a logjam about 2km outside the race area, so I had him pull over and I walked it from there. Enthusiasts, not as many as I thought there would be, were making their way to registration. Loads of tents and little shops were stacked within the area, giving my hope that this venue would be 1000 times better than the last at Putrajaya Heights last July. It exceeded my expectations — and THEN SOME. The registration line was about 10 minutes compared to 1.5 hours last time. Bag drop was convenient with a bunch of smiley faces and women asking me how the race was (of course after) and there was a lot of area and merchandise around.
I was probably the 3rd wave of the Open. There were a ton of people behind me, all whom were enthusiastic. Some were first timers and others were returning. You had people from Brunei, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and other places all around. When the race started, it was all running, mostly uphill (as Malaysia mostly does) and then were the rocks. That’s right. The first obstacle, aside from the walls and things we had to jump through, under, and over, was the nastiest of them all. This is where the fun began because the comedians started coming out in force. Being on an obstacle course enables you to speak freely amongst your fellow samaritans who are going through the same pain.
At this time, this is when I knew I had gotten much strong since last September. Carrying the bucket of rocks up the hill didn’t present me with a problem. In fact, I was zooming past everyone else who seemed gassed and out of breath — 2km in?! I was screaming motivational things while hearing the echo of “aroo” deep in the forests and even nearby. Directly following that was the rope climb. I finally climbed up that bad boy; however, I freaked out when I was coming down and I zoomed down the rope, gripping it with my fingers and feeling fire tear apart my thumb on my left hand and my ring finger on my right, leaving a blister on one hand and two layers of skin on the rope from…..me. This was beyond painful for about 1km. After that, the river, which was SUEPR FUN. There were women saying, “I HAVE A PLAN TO CATCH!” People were laughing and just having fun at that point. Being in a shaded, sketchy, peculiar area between two sides of a mountain, trekking through currents puts the “omg” into what Spartan should be about.
From there on out, there weren’t any noticeable or stand-outish things that came about — just more laughs and weird obstacles. I am now 3/3 in the javelin toss, hitting my target and cheering for myself. There were some GORGEOUS women nearby saying, “goodjob!” Another one, who must’ve been from Eastern Europe and on the same team of the 10 that were standing around, asked me “tips?” I didn’t know what she was saying, but when I realized it, I was flabbergasted and helped two of the ladies — unsuccessfully. This definitely had to be the funnest Spartan or any race in general. It tips the Tough Mudder in Melbourne, Australia 3 years ago and tops the Tough Mudder in Mesa, Arizona from last year.
Towards the end, there was a Malaysian guy who was running by himself…pushing himself. I decided to run beside him; and both him and I met up with an Indian guy. The three of us started running alongside some other foreigners and funny Ukrainians before getting to a difficult part of the course — the end! This mashed a bunch of obstacles together: backstroking 75 meters, another river with a current, monkey bell swings, and a few others. When I finished, I saw a gorgeous shirt and medal waiting for me. That was definitely a 10km beast of a race. That wasn’t 7km….and they had Super/Beast obstacles within it, too. The Spartan Sprint last year in Chon Buri, Thailand was a cake walk compared to this.
So, showers, chats with so many people, figuring out my next step with the trifecta and everything in ensued. Now came the most difficult challenge of my life.
Because this race was tucked away in a jungle plantation, I wasn’t too nervous about finding a taxi until after a race. There were taxis, also known as extortionists (and way worse than Thai taxis), sitting outside the grounds. However, they were all taken because they had customers inside. I never thought about that because I knew taxis were a ripoff. I saw one taxi driver, and later saw him at my hotel. That story will follow.
No Ubers, no grabs, no nothing! I was left walking….about 5km, hoping either someone would help take me to a town or a taxi would come. I would’ve paid anything at any given time to get the hell out of there. Some people pulled over, but not for me. Next thing I know I see a car, coming towards me, flash its lights and I said, “OMG! SAVED!” My man Anson, who is down below in the photo, probably saved me from dying. That’s no exaggeration, either.
All in all, he sent me all the way to an LRT line. After 15 minutes, this particular line wrapped around KL and I saw Berjaya Times Square, just across the street from where my hotel was. Instead of continuing on, I got off, talked to the guy, and I was able to exit the station and walk to my hotel.
Oh, and guess who was there? That f***er that denied me a ride to begin with. Get this. From the KTM Kajang to the race grounds was about 23 ringits, which equates to about 7 USD. Kinda expensive in Thailand. However, this guy told me someone AT MY HOTEL went to the race, too! The bad part? The taxi charged him 400 ringits there and back, equivalent to more than 100$ USD! Could you believe that?! That’s why I NEVER TAKE TAXIS in KL and haven’t in almost five years. They’re cheats beyond belief.
I needed to tell all of you that in case you travel here.
And with that beings said, a couple more blogs are coming up about my time and future races, so stay tuned and a podcast is here for your appetite!
First and foremost, I just want to say thank you to everyone who’s listening to my podcasts in Albania, Latvia, Algeria, UK, USA, Germany, India, Russia, South Africa, Austria, Netherlands, Japan and so many other countries around the world.
I want to also say thank you to my ESL Podcast listeners worldwide who have made my podcast a massive hit in only two weeks time! Big thanks to Mexico, Turkey, USA (funny how folks in USA love my podcasts), and China!.
This is a time just to be grateful for all my hardships and success. This day, April 13th, marks the day of the Songkran festival. This is the Thai water festival where people celebrate by splashing others with water all up and down the streets, and across the nation as a whole.
For the last three years, on the other hand, I’ve been taking vacations. I initially took these vacations because I wanted no part of Songkran after being gravely disrespected and seeing Indians racially spewed at by Thais back in 2015. I said, “I’ll never celebrate this festival again for as long as I live.”
When April 2016 rolled around I went to Vietnam, meeting some of the most magnificent individuals who I still keep in contact with today.
2017 was a trip back home to Arizona and a Tough Mudder.
This year….Spartan Race!
You know, at the beginning of the year, it was pretty bleak. It was a tough transition and very emotionally exhausting going from one job to another. Having a slew of emails come into my email box which were threats from my previous employer and removing me as a teacher from multiple classes so he can stop the cash-flow from going into my bank account, was tough to deal with.
However, this is the day that my visa is officially cancelled with that old job, and this marks the beginning of a unbelievably exhilarating lifestyle that’s going to bring so many experiences into my life.
Guys, this morning I’m going to my favorite Southeast Asian country (Malaysia) for a Spartan Race, meeting with a new content writer who’s coming on board my website, and a wedding. I mean this is probably marking the beginning of “2018.” All the goals I’ve written down have now come into fruition, and I really can’t wait for the wheel of life episode to let you all know you can claim that life you’ve always wanted.
Oh, on this day is the beginning of what’s going to be the most unbelievable life I could’ve ever imagined. All these aches and pains of what has happened over the last five years have come to rest, and now this is surely the beginning.
Welcome to my world.