TAB Foundation Interviewee #1: Brian A. Street on Impact & Purpose!

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!

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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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Interviewee #7 – Celina Celeste On Self-Growth & Confidence

I had the special privilege of interviewing Celina Celeste on Facebook (Gary Vee’s page).  She connected with me and we spoke for a while until I realized she had a podcast.  I decided to reach out and ended up landing the first interview with her (on The Arsenio Buck Show’s FB page) as we talked about teaching and traveling.  Now she’s on my podcast talking about a very turbulent job in the beginning — turned passion.

It’s amazing how she developed the self-awareness and asked herself, “do I see myself here for the next 10 years?”  Working at a job she completely despised, she finally broke away from it and went onto the next chapter.

Now she has an unbelievable art page, organic dog treat business, and she’s creating a cookbook (currently).  This is the entrepreneurial spirit!

Podcast link down below! Along with links to her pages!

Gary Vee: Passion

“You’re going to go through a time where you’re not going to make any money. It’s not going to be a week, it’s not going to be a month, it’s not going to be one year. It’s going to be years. And during that time, if you don’t love what you do, it’s going to be very hard to stick it out. That is something that people don’t understand when they hear, “Follow your passion.” They hear rainbows, unicorns, bullshit. But the truth of it is that it’s important, because if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, you’re going to be that much more likely to quit when shit’s hard.”

Excerpt From: Gary Vaynerchuk. “Crushing It!.” iBooks.

Remember this.  Passion.  It can’t be taught.

I was recently talking to a radiologist, who was formerly known as a doctor, and I had to ask her if she had the passion of being a doctor.  She gave me a resounding “yes,” which I was really expecting.

When I was a dental assistant back in America, I saw myself slipping.  When I was barely a year into it, I was working for a dentist who was an absolute animal, and working for a practice manager who thought I can do all the work without any breaks.  After being replaced, I worked in an ULTRA-MISERABLE dental practice with people who would bitch, complain, and were morbidly obese.  I stay there up until my departure to Australia in May of 2011, and that’s when the extreme discontent happen.

I thought being a dental assistant in city like Melbourne was pure hell because I was constantly wanting to communicate with people (funny looking back at where I was until now).  However, being a dental assistant and Royal Melbourne Hospital, to small practices that would completely criticize, insult and demean me, to a children’s hospital where I was disrespected (for the one-hundredth time).

When I left to Sydney, it was far better than Melbourne.  However, when you constantly look at the clock and see when work is finished, your s*** is all f***ed up.  I think we can all agree to that.

I felt like I was missing out on such a valuable piece of life.  And after going to Bangkok, Phuket, Tokyo and Honolulu, I found it.



Circle of Concern vs. Circle of Influence: Friendship Woes

It’s been a very turbulent year — people (what I would call friends in the past) coming and going.  Some of this could be unbearable for most, but I built up a fortified wall in front of my feelings, telling myself that all of these so-called “friends” are here to fulfill a purpose.  Remember what I said a long time ago: life-time, life-giving, and purposeful relationships.  People are categorized into these three areas.

Best Friends Turned Enemy

I don’t believe it was so much her getting a boyfriend, but me having a life-changing experience happen on the other end just 3 weeks after.  My life went from almost investing and staying in Thailand long-term, to almost booking a trip to Honduras or Costa Rica after a racially implicit event in my workplace and was expunged from teaching at a company.  Yes, if she was my best friend Andre, we would be able to talk it out, make amends, and just move on with our friendship.  With her there was possible miscommunication, but I also saw danger — danger that could’ve bloomed if I had gone to America.  So, I cancelled the trip, and three weeks later my job was on the line.  My hands were incredulously on my head and I was being criticized by an individual who shouldn’t be criticizing anyone, given the circumstances of him being in Thailand.

Almost one month later, new condo, five job opportunities, six projects and so many other things….now I understand WHY I didn’t go to America.

Purposeful Relationship Turned Chaos

I met someone by the name of Zern who I thought had the same energy as I.  I seriously thought that she was me in a completely different form.  However, after two weeks, a nose-dive happened.  The energy between us changed and then the complaints were ON 100% (barely anything coming from my kisser).  This lead to her going out with a friend to one of the most notorious areas in all of Asia where drunk, poor backpackers go to have sex.  That was THE END. 

The Student That Couldn’t Take It

The last episode comes from an individual who I catapulted into the University of Sydney.  After completion of her Masters Degree, she came back (just recently) to Thailand.  Because I’m going through a very pivotal stage in my life, I need her to help me with translations from English-to-Thai.  Granted, I helped her with grammatical structures the past 1.5 years.  She helped me, and then I asked her for a very important favor.  Before I continue, she is a doctor.  Now, let’s get back into this…..I needed assistance taking some luggage and boxes to my new condo.


After that message, she was gone!

Moral of these stories…’re the only person who can be rescue 911.


Your Life Purpose In 15 Minutes

Start by making a list of all the times you can remember in your life that have made you feel the most truly alive and joyful.

  • 1999 – Running up the stairs of our new townhouse.
  • 1999 – First day of middle school.
  • 2002 – First day of high school.
  • 2003 – Rancho High School Marching Band received it’s first EXCELLENT rating in a decade.
  • 2004 – First ever first place in a track and field competition.

This is a shortlist of mine.  It’s time to make yours and evaluate it.  Ask yourself what each of these experiences had in common.  Make a note of it.  There’s a common element in it that brings you joy, and the thing that brings you joy is your life purpose!

Now, consider the following questions, and write down your answers.


What are my natural gifts?

  • Making people laugh.
  • Teaching.
  • Working out.
  • Personality.
  • Meeting people.


What are my skills and talents?


What do I love to do?


When do I feel the most alive?


What am I passionate about?


What brings me the greatest joy in life?


When do I feel best about myself?


What are my personal strengths and characteristics


What have others always said that I am really good at?


How do I most enjoy interacting with other people?


What would I change in the world if i could?





Follow these steps and tune into my podcast to hear what I’ve written down!


Life-Giving, Lifetime, & Purposeful Relationships.

I loved reading Lisa Nichols book in terms of relationships that come and go in our lives, and it reminds me a lot of Tyler Perry’s ‘Madea Goes To Jail’ play where he explained metaphorically about a tree.  You are the tree, and you have leaves, branches, and roots.  Friends go into all categories just how Lisa Nichols explained in her book.  With that being said, let’s dive in.

Lifetime Relationships

No matter what happens in life, one is going to bury the other.  These lifetime relationships can come at any given time.  For example, I have my best friend in New York who I’ve know almost two decades – lifetime.  My other best friend in Phoenix who I’ve known from college – lifetime.  Lastly, my best friend in Melbourne, Australia who I recently met in 2013 – lifetime.  These are considered the roots.  Without the roots, the tree cannot live.  Cherish your roots,  Be grateful for your roots.  Water your roots.  Take care of your roots, because when you’re on death bed, those roots will be right by your side going over the funnest of times in life.

Life-Giving Relationships

These typically range from a one-time meeting to a two year relationship.  I like to say that they can sometimes be life-giving acquaintances.  These are the people who simply give you a compliment to show that you got it.  The passerbys who say, “wow, you’re beautiful. You’re handsome. I love your suit.  You have a wonderful smile.”  They’re life-giving because with those comments, they give life, right? They put you back in the game and show you that you that it’s not over yet.  They could be full of love, or they can be ridiculously boisterous.  Loud, obnoxious, too much tension, then they disappear as what happened to me 8 years ago with someone who was life-giving and purposeful (will post the link to the podcast down below).

Purposeful Relationships

This is the hard one.  This is the one where an individual comes into your life to fulfill a purpose.  Example, I had a friend name Yunita back in 2009, who had an immense amount of problems clinging onto her from her past boyfriend, but I could relate (giving my ex dumped me at the dawn of the New Year) at the time.  Having ended a relationshipsI thought was going to go the distance, it took months before that “first love” was off my conscious, and there was a specific night during a NCAA National Championship game (North Carolina vs Michigan State) when she came into my life and everything changed.  We both had the same problems and we got over them together…..and when we did, the relationship forever took a turn.  There was no excitement or spark left until one day during the last game of the NBA Championship two months later, we got into a massive argument then BOOM! Done.  It started during the collegiate basketball championship and ended during the NBA championship.  What a coincidence.  However, it was suppose to happen.  Too much noise and too much complaining, but she was there to only fulfill that purpose which was ultimately fulfilled.

The Notable

As I’ve talked about an insane amount of times, my Japanese friend traveled from Kyoto, Japan to visit me in Las Vegas, Nevada for 8 days.  That was a purposeful relationship, too.  Why? She made me promise that I would come see her abroad, and I fulfilled that purpose a year later, which ultimately changed the trajectory of my life forever.  On the other hand, when I got there, the feelings weren’t there between her and I and resulted in a tragic ending of our relationship.  It wasn’t her who I was chasing, though – it was the idea of traveling abroad, and here I am in Thailand having an amazing time.

See how these relationships work?


Lisa Nichols – Leave The Legacy

“How will you live every day, and how will you impact people for the better—improving the world for others who’ll (hopefully) take up your work when you are compelled to pass the torch?” – Lisa Nichols

If you look at some of the most iconic figures in the 20th century in America, to the late 20th century in South Africa.  Those who made an unbelievable sacrifice to better the lives for the next generations to come.


On the other hand, our individual accolades is all we can control.  First, we have to be the difference we want to see in the world.  It’s kind of like the colleague that complains endlessly about everything but doesn’t provide any solutions.  The “circle of influence” is all we can control.  If we start taking those micro win steps that ultimately lead to small goals, which then leads to the macro win goals….it will give us long-term momentum to the point we want to achieve goals ALL THE TIME because of the feeling.

I love using the reference about the two school students at an International School who provided a small village in Cambodia clean water, food, and a school to learn English. These two unique individuals have made a loud entrance to creating a legacy, and they will continue supporting and improving the lives of others who seemingly can’t create anything given their situations.

“What does it mean to live your legacy? It requires amassing financial wealth, of course. But it also suggests that you should fill your life with a passionate career, rewarding experiences, nurturing relationships, supportive friendships, a beautiful home where you and family can renew and restore, hobbies and shared opportunities that bring you together with evolved and aware people, philanthropies and charities that you establish or support, traditions that you start—the sum total of a rich and rewarding lifestyle that you enjoy and that provides countless opportunities to bring others along with you.

When you complete this life, how will people view the mission, the activities, and the connections that you pursued? How will those you’ve carried along with you use these assets after you are gone to further your work and adopt your dreams as their own?

Have you ever thought about it?

What, if anything, is holding you back from doing so?” – Lisa Nichols

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Jack Canfield – Fuel Your Success With Passion & Enthusiasm

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

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

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

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

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

How To Develop Passion

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

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

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

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

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

I loved to run, laugh, and speak.

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

What did you love to do as a child?

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

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