Wow. It’s been a magnificent ride with lots of bumps and bruises along the way (also known as Character Building Moments). I’m very grateful for having the opportunity to teach in that particular area of Bangkok and develop the skills needed to get me to this juncture.
You know, I kind of question myself sometimes though. The ‘if,’ right? It’s like when things started going soar two years ago – I did nothing in terms of job-searching or looking outside the box. However, that was the moment I needed to get out and pursue greater things. It’s very unfortunate that I had a situation occur that was beyond head-scratching that made be realize, “Arsenio, time to go!”
And so, here we are! A remarkable mentor, who has more than 30 years of IELTS (test-prep course) teaching experience, grabbed me and put me under his wing. In just 20 minutes, I learned more than I did the previous 2.5 years. YIKES! That’s the fine line between someone who cares and loves what he does versus people who are here based on obligation.
On the eve of my new life, I’m so grateful to look back and said, “god damn! Well that was interesting!” From the very beginning, to having opportunities teaching big time corporations. My growth was stunted and hampered, especially after the changing of a head teacher. I never asked myself, “why am I here? Am I learning or dying?” I wish I did, but it brought me to a very enticing juncture in my life. The suspense of the future is no longer killing me, and now I have complete control over the “now.”
I’ve now committed to 1-hour of learning everyday, too. Whether it’s on podcasts, YouTube, or reading. Just this morning I was able to learn for about 1.5 hours (commuting). That ‘so-called’ downtime could be used for learning, and so now I’m very adamant with getting a daily dose of REAL education in my system on a routine basis.
I’ve shut off the past, which has been really slowing me down and clogging up my attention units. Everything that has happened over the years are now archived and will be talked about in a future Tedx in a form of inspiration. That is all!
And now on the cusp of a very enticing race (Spartan Sprint in Kuala Lumpur), and now me hustling and grinding in terms of my next step, I’ve now ripped apart the shackles that had me paralyzed for so long and faced the fear.
However, that fear is freedom.
For all the supporters who read my blogs from Spain, to Mexico, then shooting all the way east the motherland continent of Africa. I’m grateful for all of you!