How I created a skillset before covid19 shattered jobs

The language school where I have been teaching since May last year had to close on the 18th March. I am owed three weeks pay, which should have arrived by 11th April at the latest. There are 8 other teachers in the same boat and we have all been unable to contact the owner. He isn’t answering his phone, e-mails or Line messages (but the messages are being read) I need my money!

Anonymous Teacher in Thailand

I’m fortunate enough to have built up my skillsets over the course of 5 years. However, the comment above, which I found on a website, shows a plead from an individual who works at a language center (like me) that sadly fell into the grim reality of a corrupted owner. He was supposed to get paid but the owner has literally went AWOL, or so it seems (because line messages are being read). I have empathy for these teachers, including the rest around the world, who have had their jobs completely slashed away. 36 million English speakers in America have lost their jobs and that toll will continue climbing because the spread of the virus will amplify.

In the past here in Thailand, there have been floods that wiped up a large portion of the country, inundating homes and districts for up to a half-a-year, coups that ran rampantly on the streets of Thailand, disrupting an entire nation. Riots between two political parties that saw dozens of lives lost, but this certainly trumps them all, doesn’t it?

The company that hires and sends us to teach in Thai public schools refuses to tell the teachers when our contracts will officially begin. Meaning we don’t know if they will begin in May or July. If our contracts don’t begin until July, it means we will have gone from March to the end of July with little or no pay. The fact the company refuses to be upfront with teachers, only highlights the poor character of this Thai-run company. 

They assume that they can string the foreign teachers along and we will be there when school starts. But they assume wrong. When the school term starts again, I suspect the companies and schools that have ignored and not looked after the foreign teachers will be left with giant holes to fill. Loyalty is a two way street.

Anonymous Teacher

I think you guys get the point. Because this gentleman is a 1 in 2,000 foreigner teachers (give or take a couple thousand) here in Thailand, he can be disposed of, just like most Americans who have lost their jobs to COVID.

However, because I’m a podcaster, online trainer, teacher, have proven my capabilities and have gotten results, I’m probably a 1 in 3 here in Thailand, putting me in a category that’s hard to get into.

“Arsenio, do you have a lot of work here in Thailand?” Absolutely NOT. There are forces beyond my power that play a pivotal role in this white-ocracy, but because I’m well-known online because the videos, and worldwide because my podcast….there are people inquiring from all corners of the world for my services. How did I do this?

  • Become an asset; not a number
  • Learn skills that others don’t know
  • Build an online persona
  • Strengthen your four cores of credibility
  • Content creation

Whether you’re at home and stuck — or wondering what you can do with all the free time, this is the best way you can start strengthening skills that can provide you with extra income…not waiting on others to open their doors.

Learn More To Earn More

If I am through learning, I am through. – John Wooden

Vishen Lakhiani of Mindvalley said, “when people graduate from university, that’s their official graduation from learning.  Who wants to stop learning?!”

That was perfectly put.  People who have more information have a tremendous advantage over the others that don’t.  I’m not saying to completely inundate yourself in material, I’m just saying simple behaviors such as reading for an hour a day, turning television time into learning time, attending classes, training programs, gym workouts, morning runs, mastermind groups, or anything to increase your knowledge will substantially increase your level of success.

Television time.  Break that word down for a moment — tell-a-vision.  Instead of having pity parties about deforestation, famine, global warming, Donald Trump and missiles, have a vision party.  You know the average American watches television for 6 hours a day. 6 HOURS A DAY! Ummmm….that would be my family! By the time you’re 60 years old, you will have wasted 15 years of your life watching superficial TV that will in no way help you with you goals or dreams.

W. Clement Stone, who was one of the best mentors the planet has ever seen, explained one day that cutting out just 1 hour of television a day creates an extra 365 hours per year to accomplish whatever is most important to you.

What can you do with that extra hour? Learn a new language! Get superfit.  Spend quality time with your wife and children, learn to play a new musical instrument, do more sales calls, or walk down the street smiling freakishly at people.

Leaders Are Readers

“The late Jim Rohn, one of America’s foremost motivation philosophers, suggested using that 1 extra hour a day to read.  He taught me that if you were to read one book a week, in 10 years you’d have read 520 books, and in 20 years, more than 1,000 books – enough to easily put you in the top 1% of experts in your field.  Add to those the books from masters in related areas you’d have an edge that others simply don’t have.” – Jack Canfield.

Start studying the lives of great people.  The routines, which I’ve mentioned so many times, are critical in the morning.  Adopting new systematic habits that will jumpstart your morning and make you have a productive morning.  All of these are critical components.  Attending success conferences and retreats like A-Fest, becoming a coachable individual, and being prepared when opportunity knocks are all part of the process.

What do you need to get ready?

If you’re an industry expert and believe your consulting business would skyrocket after presentation a workshop at a national convention, why not get prepared now?

If you want to become a Tedx speaker, start practicing your speech in the mirror so when you do get an email, you’re ready to go.

Do you need to learn a new foreign language to speak to other individuals?  Could you develop advanced skills, more resources, or new contacts? Do you need to get your body in physical shape such as what I’m doing 365 days a year? Should you expand your business skills, sales skills, or negotiating skills?

Whatever you need to do to get ready, start now by making an list of the top ten things you could be doing to be great when the opportunity finds you.

Podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9174325