The Biggest Thing Most Podcasters Do Wrong? 21 Questions

There’s one individual, who’s extremely tactful (and won’t name), who boasts his earnings, mentors, people making money, millionaires, blah blah blah. I don’t really care about that….I care about how are you pushing humanity forward. Entrepreneurs, as egotistical as they are, are shoulder shrugs and just a shade of what they could really be. Some entrepreneurs are philosophers, others are just people trying to make money to cover up their insecurities by buying garbage that they don’t need.

Some podcasters are simply that….podcasters. They’re not really into the personal development realm, nor do they know much about it. They’re just based on 21 questions.

  • What was holding you back from becoming an entrepreneur?
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
  • What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success?

These are questions that they ask. I got it, they’ve been doing it since 2010-2012, but how is that going to help the listener?

What’s holding you back as an entrepreneur is often the same reply — “other people’s opinions.”

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Who cares? As a listener, how about “what’s the best piece of advice that you can give the listeners?”

What’s a personal habit that contributes to success? How about just having a conversation that loopholes into morning/nightly routines?

What is one thing you’re FIRED UP about today? See, these are 21 questions….get the drift? Something that could be formulating, kind of like synergy, could be completely lost when you ask a question that doesn’t relate to what was being said before. It’s like listening to Oprah, Ellen, or any host from T.V. They’re not really hearing you…they’re just asking a bunch of random questions, like TV show hosts do, and crack some jokes (like Ellen) in the process.

Authenticity

Over the last year or so, I stopped listening to most podcasts because I feel I get NOTHING out of them. An incredible host that I still listen to today is Pat Flynn. He’s extremely candid, laid back and almost has a personal/storytelling feel to it…all on top of getting some valuable tools out of a lot of his interviewees. Yes, he’s an entrepreneur. No, he doesn’t know much at all about personal development, but he helps his listeners.

Authenticity is being raw. Being real. David Mauro, who’s an author and speaker who scaled Everest (and the 6 other highest peaks on every individual continent), told a story. Such a riveting one — at that. This one acted as a disruptor and related to not only me, but so many of us out there. I took him on a journey…because I’m excellent at digging into the core of an individual. This is called being authentic.

Another Problem — Interruptions

This could be the biggest annoyance. Let me give you an example, having Tony Robbins and Gary Vee on AskGaryVee was super cringe. They constantly interrupted each other and talked over one another. Anytime you interrupt someone, you lack tact. Period. When you lack tact, you fit in with the billions of other men who also lack tact, and then your podcast becomes unbearable to listen to.

The Sum Up

Being real and talking about personal things that relate to your topic is the best way. I look at a lot of podcasters and they’re terrified to reveal the REAL them. Most podcasters try speaking about personal development, but in fact, they don’t know a goddamn thing about it. What they learn is what the hosts talk about. Some hosts are extremely boring and condescending, like the ones who have interviewed David Goggins.

You need to be unique. If you fit in with mediocrity, you’ll be just that. Please, don’t adopt what anyone else does and be like the rest because no one likes answering 21 questions. Some of my favorite podcasts I’ve taken off my phone because I really get nothing out of it. AUDIOBOOKS is where I learn a ton from, so listening to Rich Dad Poor Dad over and over is better than any podcast I’ve ever listened to, period.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 18 – Grammar – Ever, Never, For, Since, Just, Already, Yet

Yes! The big SHABAAM is here! This could be super difficult for a lot of you, but to put this all on one blog will help the majority of you out there who seemingly don’t understand the concept of the words above.  I’m your guardian angel today in showing you the light!

These words are frequently used with the present perfect tense: ever, never, for, since, just, already, yet — so let’s go over the rules and then do some exercises to help you!

  1. We can use ________________ in questions with the present perfect.  It means ‘at any time in your life.”
  2. We use _____________ with the present perfect to talk about very recent activities.
  3. We use _____________ with the present perfect to say that something has happened, possibly earlier than we thought.
  4. We can use _________________ to make negative sentences in the present perfect.  It means ‘at no time in your life.’
  5. We use ______________ and _______________ with the present perfect to talk about things that started in the past and continue in the present.  We use _________ with periods of time, and ____________ with specific moments in time.
  6. We use _________ with the present perfect to say that something has not happened, but we think it is going to happen soon.  We use it in negative sentences and questions.

Answers

  1. ever
  2. just
  3. already
  4. never
  5. for and since: for, since
  6. yet

 

Task

Complete these sentences with the present perfect form of the verbs. 

already/visit, ever/live, have/for, just/buy, love/since, never/travel, not sell/yet

  1. They haven’t sold their car yet. 
  2. I _______________ to Mongolia before, but I would love to.
  3. I ____________________ Vietnam.  I went there for a holiday 2 years ago.
  4. We ______________ this particular home ______________ ten years.
  5. Hey, I ____________________ dinner, so you don’t have to worry about making anything.
  6. I _____________ this country _______________ the day I first visited back in 2012.

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The Journey Before The Journey: Humble Pie!

Here we go! We’re going to kickoff the festivities on a serious note.

After getting off the AirportLink here in Bangkok, Thailand, I grabbed my luggage and went down three flights of escalators before reaching the base of the station.  Looking as incredulous as I possibly could at that given moment, I picked a direction and walked down the street with a huge smile on my face. A motorway starts at a perpendicular angle amount 100m off the train tracks…..so I decided to walk WITH the motorway (underneath it) and just looked for an opening into the neighborhood which was on the left side of me.

After walking about 200m or so, I found an opening and went down a very uninspiring street that looked rundown and drab (as a street would normally look like in the outskirts of Bangkok).  The looks came, the head-scratching followed, and then the “man, where the f*** am I, man” was dropped.  I walked, while dripping sweat, deeper into this neighborhood and made a right hand turn into a street that was full of homeless dogs, trash, and raw sewage.  As I was walking, a guy yelled out, “hey! Where you come from!” — drunkenly.  I told him and then a very soul-crushing stare followed — one that if you see something like this in Las Vegas, you run.

I reached a junction and saw two little girls playing outside with their full-tatted father (or someone) standing in the doorway with his hands above his head.  They said something, and then a woman helped me (in Thai) and said I can continue going on.  The girl, without any hesitation, was in awe that such a handsome man was standing before her very eyes (or so it looked).  She then said, “ok?” LOL! As if she helped me.  Giggles, smiles, and a continuation of what seemed like a super long journey ensued into the deeper crevices of what was turning out to be a slum.  The sewage was more widespread, clothes on clotheslines outside (no, this isn’t uncommon, but they were soaking up the stench of the neighborhood), and girls playing on wooden floors with a green river just below them.

I crossed a dilapidated sidewalk and came upon a temple while seeing some technical college students hanging around (I emphasize the technical college because these students are probably the worst as seen through the eyes of Thais).  Another broken bridge came, and finally I crossed the river before reaching my destination.

After that, I walked through this area again just to really get a few and to be grateful.  We really don’t understand how precious  things are in our life.  What I saw reminded me of the “green river,” which to this day, is still on my Instagram (spend 30 minutes scrolling and you’ll find it).  However, they seemed — happier.  They were playing outside, unattached and completely oblivious to their surroundings.  Remarkable, ey?

Stay tuned for days worth of blogs, travels and things coming from HK!

 

Traveling Pod: Episode 4 – Vientiane, Laos — The Roots! Stunning Human Beings & Gratitude

Air Asia flight bound for Wattay International Airport in Vientiane.  Hmmm, I’ll just let the nostalgia sit in for a bit.  Just 3 years ago, I was scampering across the streets of Vientiane with a Frenchman who couldn’t handle his alcohol, got snubbed by some tuk-tuk drivers (just like Thailand), and ended up walking home angrily, leaving the Frenchman behind (had no idea where he was after a few drinks).  I know, it sounds like a trip from hell, and it sorta was.  I paid next to nothing to stay in a garbage garbage room ($10 USD a night) and it was infested with mosquitoes (ripped me to shreds that night) and had spider nests in each corner of the bathroom.  That was the last time I was cheap (LOL).  The next day, however, I stayed in something sexy, met a funny guy in the immigration line, came across a wonderful breakfast with great locals and so many other things.  I wanted to go back to my roots — just a bit — to relive some of those special moments.

Check-In + Security + Immigration = 5 minutes

Like, how can you beat that? Hey, I went from checking in, to the immigration line, to going through screening in FIVE MINUTES at Don Meuang International Airport (the sister of the massive one in Samut Prakan — located in south Bangkok).  Now, the other airport that I refuse to spell does a pretty good job, too.  However, I went from a traffic jam, to walking 400 meters to the airport, weaving through traffic (and I mean pedestrians) and got to my counter exactly 3 hours before check-in.  Wow! Oh, throw in a workout I had this morning  that included a crazy amount of arms and legs (which equates to soreness) and there you have it! It hasn’t even reached 10am and it feels like I’ve been awake for 8 hours already.

Arrival

I was a little bit scared about my hotel (S Park Design Hotel) because I received a number of emails from them….same emails.  I received the 8th one over the course of four days and said, “guys, I’ve already emailed you! What’s happening?”  Thanks to my instinct, I checked booking.com’s messaging screening through my email and they had responded to me, giving me their whatsapp number.  So, I contacted them and they confirmed everything with suburb service!

[9:34 AM, 6/13/2018] S Park design: Hello Mr. Arsenio Buck, Thank you very much for contacting me.
[9:37 AM, 6/13/2018] S Park design: We will be there waiting for you for sure. Actually, we planned to pick you up even if we might not have your flight number. Anyway, it is perfect now. By the way, my name is Phonepasith PHENGVILAY, Executive Assistant Manager. My team and I are delighted to be part of your good stay at our hotel. See you soon. Take care.

Now that’s some damn good service!

Flight Mayhem

Ascending was already a pain in the ass, but what was even worse was descending.  We were flying around some pretty dark clouds and it was tossing the plane as if was a god damn toy.  After descending to about 1000 feet, we could finally see the ground.  What guided me through this turbulence? Aloe Blacc’s “The Man.” LOL!

Failed Visa — Again!

I had no idea that I needed a visa on arrival.  Last time I came to Laos, which was three years ago, I didn’t need a visa.  But because I didn’t check this time around, I was in for a rude awakening.  I had Lao Kip (local currency) and I brought only 66$ with me.  The visa was more than half of that, so now I have about 20$ USD left! DAMNIT! I’m so pissed because I didn’t learn from my past mistakes!

The Arrival At My Hotel

And these are the days I live for.  The overwhelming sense of joy when meeting such gracious people who are willing to help you.  From the customer service, to the hospitality.  It’s pretty remarkable to see the willingness of other people’s actions.  All smiles (just as last time), funky hotel (pictures down below), and a very quaint room.  This is only the beginning!

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The rest of the stay is in my podcast. I don’t want this blog being insanely long.

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