Personal Development Series | Last Job Stole My Work

While lounging around on my bed, I wanted to see what previous language centers that I had worked for — were up to. I went to my last job, a language center with a lot of racial hate towards people of color, and I found this photo. For those of you joining me, this is the first time you will hear the backstory and how negative opinions of other people are completely FALSE.

The Background

The notorious Future Park Rangsit, located in Pathumthani just north of Don Meung International Airport, is known for its’ creeps. Pedaphiles would flock there and prey on children. Men would buy food for younger girls and touch them underneath the table while running their fingers through their hair (and the Thais just think this is normal and doesn’t report anything). Nonetheless, the job that I had accepted as a part-time role had a lot of problems when I first arrived in October of 2014.

First question at the interview, “Arsenio, how is it being a black teacher here in Thailand?”

Next statement, “just to let you know, there’s some racism around here.”

Wow, so much for a job interview. Unbeknownst, I had to win over management there. Ma’am, the name she’s formally known as, didn’t speak to me for one year because she was disgusted at the fact the head teacher from New Zealand hired their second-ever black teacher. So, the proving grounds were already set from the very beginning.

The Controversy

I made a personal development podcast speaking about my life and the things I saw on a routine basis. I told NO ONE about it, but after letting a snake from the Netherlands in the language center — after pleading to management not to let him in because he would create an obscene amount of division, they let him in. The amount of bickering, complaining, ignorance that developed in the office was heavy, feeling it as you walk through the doors every morning. Then one July 2016 day, the original head teacher who had hired me, walked into my room just before my 1pm class and said, “Arsenio, apparently you have a podcast that has gotten some people upset around here.” My jaw dropped. The guy from the Netherlands had google’d me and the only thing I had on google search at the time was my podcast. He shared it with everyone and the entire workplace was against me because I called out wife tourists. In the end, I was given a verbal warning for literally having an opinion, and the division was created.

Now, The Story

Kim Kim, a girl who I had brought onto my ESL podcast, who interviewed me on my personal development podcast, and has been my source of inspiration, had taken 200 hours worth of classes with me at this specific job (I should’ve told her to pay directly through me — lol). Although her speaking capabilities was astounding, she didn’t like writing so much, so when it came to getting her full score in IELTS, she received a 7.0 overall but a 5.5 in reading, which is quite low. Nonetheless, she just so happened to be on the promotional photo featuring one of my biggest critics EVER.

The Hellish Brit — My Biggest Critic Ever

Because I called him out on moving to Thailand to marry a woman, he never quite liked me — just like the rest of the teachers who had the same agenda in terms of taking advantage of poor-minded women. When this Brit had become the head teacher of my job back in April of 2017, ceasing the power from the previous New Zealanders, my workload evaporated. He wanted to get back at me as much as he could by believing in his feelings — you’re not good enough to teach these courses or that.

The frustration and discontent had been building for months, even working at corporate sectors, which I was actually forced to do. And then this happened…

The Infamous November Day

  • “If you want to continue working here, we need to have a meeting.”
  • “I don’t think you’re as good as you say you are.”

It was a threat, which he didn’t even have the power of using, and then the demeaning remarks that ensued over the course of 45 minutes during an afternoon. I went home, looked for a new condominium and moved to Bangkok within a month — following was the resignation in February of 2018. I felt that the oldies at this place had won, and because I wanted to feed my pride, I really wanted to send a brutally honest email with disparaging remarks towards everyone within the company, including those in Bangkok who didn’t like black teachers whatsoever.

Why I’m Writing This — They Took My Credit…lol

The photo of my student, unbeknownst to me, was put onto their social media page. I said to myself, “wait, they didn’t even teach this student! I DID!” Also, there was another native speaker who had learned with another teacher they promoted. These old photos are from 2016, and the two teachers they’re promoting in the photo (as you see from the blog post), didn’t even teach them, nor did they teach any of the others. What’s more is ALL OF THE STUDENTS received 5.5-6.0 in writing. The guy’s face you see, Mr. “I don’t Think You’re Good Enough,” told me I couldn’t teach IELTS because he said my writing was terrible? Yet, look at your work? At the time, your students got the same marks in writing! HA! So all of those ugly comments and degrading remarks in regards to my body of work was out of your “feels” instead of based on facts, as I stated years ago.

To sum this up, when I left, there was a lot of resent in my heart, but it’s because I accepted the negative opinions of those who slandered me without any real facts. They were part of Thai society which spewed as much racism at me as possible to get me to “leave” the country; but when I left the language center, it was because I knew that I had plateau’d there. There was nothing else for me to achieve there. This country and state is where oldies go to take advantage of weak-minded Thais who see only “white” through a monolithic lens. It was the greatest decision ever, because now I’m known worldwide and I get 6.5-7.5 in writing (with my students).

Since then, I’ve had to cut off other testing centers who would employ me to teach TOEFL iTP because they would also insult my intelligence saying, “you didn’t get this on the test so that means you’re not good enough to teach.” A very backwards way of thinking, although I was handed perfect scores in the grammar, listening and almost reading sections. Although with 18 hours of learning, a student had passed his exam after 66 tries and another one after 21. No credit given; zero fucks given.

And the story ends like this. When someone insults your intelligence, it’s normally because they’re afraid of the amount of power bestowed in you and what you’ll become. They know that you’re way better than what they’ll ever be, but to “bring you back down to Earth,” they’ll blast with you with their perception and tell you you’re not good enough based on: race, creed, color, religion, gender, etc. They’ll steal your work in the end and perhaps even post a photo of two white men, giving them credit instead of a black man….because remember, in Thailand, you can NEVER give a black man credit.

And what a beautiful journey it has been. Now that I’m switching back to conversational tone (as the teacher had said during that life-changing meeting in November of 2017), I can tell you that I had to take quantum leaps through my journey here in Thailand. The student in my photo was encouraged, by me, to move to Singapore…which she did. She’s now graduating and has her own business at the age of 22. I took her under my wings and she knew that I had so much in me to spur her onto success. In fact, she veered away from other teachers because they were too “literal” and “boxed in.” I saw her potentiality, just as she saw it within me and accepted me as a teacher. After teaching her last year again, four years later, I can say she has matured much more than the previous two years I had seen her in Singapore. And with that being said, the dirty laundry has officially been aired out.

Someone else’s negative opinion of you doesn’t have to become your reality

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Discussion Topic | How Thai Students Have Failed At Learning English

I was sitting in class, going back and forth in what I thought was an amazing conversation with a new student.  While I was speaking to her, I was figuring out the specific areas of focus she needs: planning, sales, marketing, corporate finance, vocabulary that focuses on that, listening capabilities, developing confidence, personal development. This is why I do….with my online students.  A day later, the complaint had come and I was shocked. “Arsenio, teach 70% in the book.”  What? Are you kidding me? I just customized a perfect course in which I charge big bucks online for and you want to learn page-by-page like how the old foreigners have taught for centuries?

Do people still believe that the book is the key? I mean, if I need to learn Spanish 501 verbs, then the book is important.  Relearning something that you already know is a waste of time.

In the likes of Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and other Asian countries, it’s all about THE BOOK. The book has all the answers. Learning the verb “to be” is going to ultimately take you to the next level, and this is why Asia is lagging behind South/Central American, European, and even sub-Saharan African Nations. 

This brings me to your question: “what and how should I learn then?” In this podcast, I dive into details, systems and learning things in context.

Podcast

The Greatest Feeling in The World — Proving The Racist Thais Wrong

When I had woken up in the morning, I didn’t want to check my whatsapp because I just wasn’t in a good headspace. Over the previous few days, and after finding out the news yesterday; a bitch, who I should’ve stopped working for years ago, literally terminated our work relationship — over mere opinions. I called her out on her lyingness and she literally said, “if you can’t score over 650, you can’t teach here because other teachers in BKK can and students have gotten 630…blah blah blah.”

However, I had already gotten a perfect score in listening, grammar, and almost perfect in reading…but according to her dumbfounded-Thai logic, it all must be on the same test.

If this is the case with the scoring, anyone who gets over 650 can be a teacher of TOEFL iTP.

That’s typical Thai logic.

She doesn’t know about what I do online, the persona I’ve gotten, or anything. She applying a racist, white-people-only mentality saying “you must get this to teach this.” If that’s the case, chemistry teachers can’t be chemistry teachers because they’re not chemists.

Smh.

I checked my Whatsapp after thinking about a previous Peruvian student I had had, and there it was, her score and elatedness.

“ARSENIO! I GOT 114 OUT OF 120 on TOEFL IBT!”

I quickly posted the score on social media, taking shots at the ignorant Thais….most specifically, the rat-poison I used to work for.

I have never taken TOEFL before, yet she got a 114.

Hmmm, I wonder why that is?

For 7.5 years, Thais have literally put me in a box because the color of my skin. Even after getting results, passing two of their students who had taken the test 66 times and passed it on the 67th…..no thanks given, no pulling aside saying “omg, thank you so much!” They brushed it off like it didn’t even happen, and that’s when my frustration continued to grow because I know those bitches just have it deep-down inside that a brotha can’t do it.

So they invented the most preposterous statement, stating “you need to get this score to be a teacher.”

But what about your white teacher in Bangkok? Has he taken the IELTS? No. Has he proven himself? ABSOfuckinglutely NOT….he’s been denied jobs because he wasn’t good enough to land himself a job at a place I got hired at.

But when mentioned, she completely deviated away from the question, got all bitchy (which she did in January of 2018) and left the chat group, showing me “you’re finished.”

However, her companion knows how good I am, although I can really give a fuck because I know my greatness and don’t need anyone to tell me otherwise. She told me she was crying, which was definitely apparent, and that she didn’t want to terminate the relationship.

After making amends, I told her that I would NEVER work for rat-poison again (her ratchet companion) but this was also a very soft letting-go, too. She just doesn’t know it.

In saying that, this reminded me of the ugly-old Brit who said “I don’t think you’re as good as you say you are.”

The same Thai bitch at New Education World who wanted to test me in SAT and see if I can write — again, how does a reading portion of a completely different test indicate that I’m good or not good in writing is THAI LOGIC.

Having that photo and getting that respond was the greatest fuck you in all of mankind, and I’m so grateful that I’m able to continue getting better. This was to prove no one wrong but myself. It’s hard letting meaningless opinions, which is frankly cancer, make it’s way into my subconscious mind. But that score destroyed the self-doubt of me. “Can I really do this? Can she really attain this score?”

114.

Yes.

She can.

And you can do it.

Stop letting the negative cancerous opinions of broken mindsets become your reality.

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.

RICH DAD POOR DAD | S5 – E46 | LESSON VIII | 10 sTEPS TO dEVELOP yOUR pOWERS

Guys, welcome to the first two of the ten steps on how to developer your powers. These excerpts below are from Robert Kiyosaki’s book, so make sure you tune into the podcast at the end to hear me explain how you can do it.

1. Find a reason greater than reality: the power of spirit

If you ask most people if they would like to be rich or financially free, they would say yes. But then reality sets in. The road seems too long with too many hills to climb. It’s easier to just work for money and hand the excess over to your broker.

Rich Dad Poor Dad

I once met a young woman who had dreams of swimming for the U.S. Olympic team. The reality was that she had to get up every morning at four o’clock to swim for three hours before going to school. She did not party with her friends on Saturday night. She had to study and keep her grades up, just like everyone else.

When I asked her what fueled her super-human ambition and sacrifice, she simply said, “I do it for myself and the people I love. It’s love that gets me over the hurdles and sacrifices.”

A reason or a purpose is a combination of “wants” and “don’t wants.” When people ask me what my reason for wanting to be rich is, I tell them that it is a combination of deep emotional “wants” and “don’t wants.”

I will list a few: first, the “don’t wants,” for they create the “wants.”


I don’t want to work all my life. I don’t want what my parents aspired for, which was job security and a house in the suburbs. I don’t like being an employee. I hated that my dad always missed my football games because

Quote from Vientiane Embassy in Podcast Down Below

he was so busy working on his career. I hated it when my dad worked hard all his life and the government took most of what he worked for at his death. He could not even pass on what he worked so hard for when he died. The rich don’t do that. They work hard and pass it on to their children.

Now the “wants.” I want to be free to travel the world and live in the lifestyle I love. I want to be young when I do this. I want
to simply be free. I want control over my time and my life. I want money to work for me.

Those are my deep-seated emotional reasons. What are yours? Be greater than your reasons. I have lost money and been set back many times, but it was the deep emotional reasons that kept me standing up and going forward. I wanted to be free by age 40, but it took me until I was 47, with many learning experiences along the way.

As I said, I wish I could say it was easy. It wasn’t. But it wasn’t
that hard either. I’ve learned that, without a strong reason or purpose, anything in life is hard.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A STRONG REASON, THERE IS NO SENSE READING FURTHER. IT WILL SOUND LIKE TOO MUCH WORK.

2. Make daily choices: the power of choice

Choice is the main reason people want to live in a free country. We want the power to choose.

Financially, with every dollar we get in our hands, we hold the power to choose our future: to be rich, poor, or middle class. Our spending habits reflect who we are. Poor people simply have poor spending habits. The benefit I had as a boy was that I loved playing Monopoly constantly. Nobody told me Monopoly was only for kids, so I just kept playing the game as an adult. I also had a rich dad who pointed out to me the difference between an asset and a liability. So a long time ago, as a little boy, I chose to be rich, and I knew that
all I had to do was learn to acquire assets, real assets. My best friend, Mike, had an asset column handed to him, but he still had to choose.

Most people choose not to be rich. For 90 percent of the population, being rich is too much of a hassle. So they invent sayings that go: “I’m not interested in money.” “I’ll never be rich.” “I don’t have to worry.
I’m still young.” “When I make some money, then I’ll think about my future.” “My husband/wife handles the finances.” The problem with those statements is that they rob the person who chooses to think such thoughts of two things: One is time, which is your most precious asset. The second is learning. Having no money should not be an excuse to not learn. But that is a choice we all make daily: the choice of what we do with our time, our money, and what we put in our heads. That is

the power of choice. All of us have choice. I just choose to be rich, and I make that choice every day.

Invest first in education. In reality, the only real asset you have is your mind, the most powerful tool we have dominion over. Each of us has the choice of what we put in our brain once we’re old enough. You can watch TV, read golf magazines, or go to ceramics class or a class on financial planning. You choose. Most people simply buy investments rather than first investing in learning about investing.

A friend of mine recently had her apartment burglarized. The thieves took her electronics and left all the books. And we all have that same choice. 90 percent of the population buys TV sets, and only about 10 percent buy business books.

So what do I do? I go to seminars. I like it when they are at least two days long because I like to immerse myself in a subject. In 1973, I was watching this guy on TV who was advertising a three-day seminar on how to buy real estate for nothing down. I spent $385 and that course has made me at least $2 million, if not more. But more importantly, it bought me life. I don’t have to work for the rest of my life because of that one course. I go to at least two such courses every year.

I love CDs and audio books. The reason: I can easily review what I just heard. I was listening to an investor say something I completely disagreed with. Instead of becoming arrogant and critical, I simply listened to that five-minute stretch at least 20 times, maybe more. But suddenly, by keeping my mind open, I understood why he said what he said. It was like magic. I felt like I had a window into the mind of one of the greatest investors of our time. I gained tremendous insight into the vast resources of his education and experience.

The net result: I still have the old way I used to think, and I now
have a new way of looking at the same problem or situation. I have two ways to analyze a problem or trend, and that is priceless. Today, I often say, “How would Donald Trump do this, or Warren Buffett or George Soros?” The only way I can access their vast mental power is to be humble enough to read or listen to what they have to say. Arrogant or critical people are often people with low self-esteem who are afraid of taking risks. That’s because, if you learn something new, you are then required
to make mistakes in order to fully understand what you have learned.

If you have read this far, arrogance is not one of your problems. Arrogant people rarely read or listen to experts. Why should they? They are the center of the universe.

There are so many “intelligent” people who argue or defend when a new idea clashes with the way they think. In this case, their so-called intelligence combined with arrogance equals ignorance. Each of us knows people who are highly educated, or believe they are smart, but their balance sheet paints a different picture. A truly intelligent person welcomes new ideas, for new ideas can add to the synergy of other accumulated ideas. Listening is more important than talking. If that were not true, God would not have given us two ears and only one mouth. Too many people think with their mouth instead of listening in order to absorb new ideas and possibilities. They argue instead of asking questions.

I take a long view on my wealth. I do not subscribe to the get-rich-quick mentality most lottery players or casino gamblers have. I may go in and out of stocks, but I am long on education. If you want to fly an airplane, I advise taking lessons first. I am always shocked at people who buy stocks or real estate, but never invest in their greatest asset, their mind. Just because you bought a house or two does not make you an expert at real estate.

Resignation In

For the snakes in Bangkok (just for a month or so) who might read this and might try to take action, I’m forewarning you to be careful what you wish for.

Teachers back in 2016 googling my name and listening to my podcasts to see if I implicated them; was told “you’re too black for the job” from the HR executive; removed from a Japanese company based on racial prejudices; I was told that I’m too charismatic; too loud, laugh too much; and above all, I was told “you’re not academic enough.” LOL

Some people can’t take the truth.  You always have to face what isn’t working, and I’ve never faced it until it backfired me in the most vicious way.

If you see the above comments, I should’ve given that resignation back in

I’ve been through hell and back with this place.  We are, as human beings, quick to judge and point out the negatives in a particular workplace, so I must be grateful, too.

I’m so unbelievably grateful that management gave an African American a full-time job at this particular language center in Bangkok, Thailand – the first ever in the company.  I was the Jesse Owens of the company.  The first “colored” man ever working there, just as Jesse was the first African American ever to run for the Ohio State University (fiends!).  I mean, it’s a special privilege.  There were times, like now, which I had/have no work because people simply don’t “like me.”  After I showed how great I was, I was considered a threat by many teachers.  You had the teachers, between 40-80 years old, who didn’t like me because I was too young, well-dressed, and always made my students laugh — compared to their historical style teaching.  I stood out, but didn’t know what my true self-worth was.  I recall being as dry as ever with work in December, and especially these last couple of months until I started telling myself, “Arsenio, enough is enough.  Face the fear of not getting a job — NOW!”

I got removed from two companies in a years time because they wanted a “white” teacher, and this is the ever-growing problem in terms of racial discrimination in the “slummy areas” of Thailand.  However, it was that moment that I told myself, “no, I’m not going to teach a class at this particular time on this particular day because I’m going to do what’s in the best interested of me.”

THAT MOMENT! Oh, that’s what landed me a half-dozen projects teaching executives and millionaires.  That moment is what I call “bread crumbs.”

Look, guys….this is nothing you’ve never seen before.  This isn’t a pity party, but this is that moment when I can run up those steps, just as Rocky did, and claim my title.

I WON

I overcame practically some of the worst bigotry from Englishmen, Americans, Dutch, and of course, the Thais, throughout this process.  All of these moments were life-defying, but they were also moments of “how bad do you actually want it, Arsenio?”   I’m not academic?

Over the last few days, my associates have told me to teach some of the most difficult test prep courses for a 60% increase.  These people believe in me.  That other place….didn’t.  It’s like the moment in the Great Debaters when Denzel Washington said, “when I’m at home and company comes over, they tell me to go into the kitchen and I laugh.”  Yeah, it was that moment about three years ago when the “white” man was walking down the hall with someone else from the infamous RMIT University in Australia when the lady scooted me inside of a room, closing the door while they walked past.

“Don’t show the nigga.  The nigga doesn’t make us look good.”

I laughed.  I’m grateful.  I never gave up until I said, “Arsenio, come on.  There are places both online and in-house, begging for your services just about everywhere.  Look elsewhere, set yourself up and get the hell out of that slumville.”

I did, universe.  I most certainly did.

And….What Now?

Ok, all stories and ranting is done.  History is over.  What is now?

The magic happens now.

Oh, the online business whereas my TOEIC, IELTS and TOEFL students can purchase courses and PDF’s off my website; my podcast that’s booming and going to land me huge speaking engagements; the people I’m bring into my life and on my podcast who are remarkably influential; the project that literally can change my pockets forever that’s launching next month; the part-time jobs and gigs that are coming in that will ultimately create an outstanding brand here in Thailand.

OH, YES! I can now breathe.  I’m no longer being strangled and trapped in a guillotine with the clamps tightening as everyday goes on.

Yeah, it’s that moment in your life where you took out the trash and now it’s a free-flowing of love, beauty, and harmonious prosperity flowing into your life.  That blockage is paralyzing people all around the world.  They’re waking up going to jobs that they absolutely HATE.  Well, not I!

And neither should you.

Take that leap.  Strap that helmet on and bulldoze through the mental barrier that’s keeping you in cement.  Please.