Wheel of Life: August 2019 – Stardom Begins!

I was watching TD Jakes recently and he said, “I never meant to be famous; I just wanted to make an impact.” Shortly after, notorious Washington Post (vile) wrote an article about him, completely defacing him of everything he represented (welcome to America — the House of Pain). See, I knew it was going to get to this point. When I was making my personal development podcasts in 2017, to the explosion of my ESL podcast in 2018/2019…..when I took the stage at the Bangkok International Digital Content Festival, I knew my life would change forever. As I was pacing, and using a variety of language to captivate onlookers, I didn’t know (and still don’t know today) how impactful my presentation was, but in my mind, I created that eventful Friday at Marriott Marquis Queens Park, a day in which I met app developers from all over the world. Here’s to the BIG ONE!

If you guys don’t already know, I was recently talking to another female entrepreneur (age of 19) who also spoke about the Wheel of Life. If it’s your first time viewing this blog, it’s time to begin and assess your life in the following categories and from number 1-10.

Personal Development – 10

Couldn’t be grateful enough. Those moments of struggle have paid off. I now value myself on such a level I KNEW I would achieve, but it was a struggle.

Physical Environment – In Podcast

Health – In Podcast

Wealth – In Podcast

Career – In Podcast

Fun & Hobbies – In Podcast

Romantic Relationships – 0

Friends & Family – In Podcast

Wheel of Life: January 2019 Edition – The Calm Before Freedom

Boy, for a moment, I was scared as hell. After a huge scare at a job where a woman no longer wanted me to buy lunch, I overanalyzed the situation and scampered off without using their Grab taxi service, it taking 2-hours to get home…and it was a very good two hours because I was able to think things through.

On the train I reapplied for some jobs that I used to work for. After seeing one of the best jobs (a place where there were a number of mentors) advertising in the same area as my primary job, I quickly sent an email to the director, who I hadn’t spoken to in ages, and he responded in 10 minutes, completely ecstatic.

See, if you place all your eggs in one basket, such as what Americans do and have done for a long time, you could be in trouble. If I relied on the big job opportunity in February, only for it to not work, then what? I would’ve been defeated.

Don’t wait!

Wealth – 6

My goal this month was to create bigger opportunities. I was recently talking to a friend of mine and we chatted about having to work long hours to achieve so much, but now an achieve the same price in just an hour or two.

That was my motto this year. Stop chasing SHORT-TERM MONEY. I’m done making small money. I was willing to shove aside potential job suitors, extra jobs, and focused solely on one thing — the big opportunity.

Business cards made, powerpoint ready, enthusiasm checked, and if I land this, I’ll be able to go back to small money and say (here’s your alternative…16 hours a week or I walk).

Health – 8.5

It’s very flattering for women to approach me and say “omg, you have a six-pack!” Ok, that happens primarily in the gym when I’m gasping for air, but you get the point. Never have I EVER had anyone approach me or tell me that my physique was on par. I know exactly who I am so I don’t need the compliments, but I’m really starting to push myself.

Mental Health? I still have those moments where I become immerse into a very toxic society where women grip their purses firmly while walking by. Resets must take place. What did I do? Lisa Nichols’ Abundance Now AUDIOBOOK. That’s right. I found it and I’ve been listening to it for four days already…this quickly turned off that negative frequency and I’ve officially overcome THAT world.

Career – 10

I finished my first project of the year — creating the TOEFL project that pushed me to making my first revenue online.

Motivational Mentors is coming together.

Delivered all my material for luke Burrow’s Grow2Gether Academy.

Now doing live interviews on my English Language page to rack in more views. But if we talking about the bigger picture, I’ve actually delegated two mundane tasks that I simply didn’t want to touch. While listening to a Pat Flynn podcast during my commute last Friday, it dawned on me that I should probably delegate more things to my content writer, Jiun, so I don’t have to worry so much about the rest. This would improve my ebook process and give me more time to focus on other things.

Since I did that, I had her create a Trello account, which is great to put all of our tasks on and in one place so we know what’s next, rather than messages that get pushed down on a routine basis. Since then, efficiency has gone up significantly.

Find things that work better for you, people!

Personal Development – 10

I’ve not only been reading a lot, but now that I realize audiobooks are more of my thing, I don’t waste ANY TIME. Personal Development, as always, is pure fire.

Physical Environment – 9.5

Home life and work life. How are they? Where I live is never a problem, and my working environment, which is about 4 places, is fine. I could be dumping off another environment real soon to make it even better. If I start to travel while coaching and training, this could be the biggest transformation in my life EVER.

Romantic Relationships – DISASTER

At the beginning of this year, a relationship fell apart. In the last three years, three relationships have fallen apart, but all of them have taught me something. Other than that, this is going to be a “relationship free year” for me.

Fun and Hobbies – 8

YES! Now that I’m not teaching erroneous hours anymore that give me little pay, I’ve injected “play-time” into my schedule. Please, check this out on next Thursday’s podcast.

  • What are you doing for fun?
  • Do you have “me” time? Or are you constantly hustling?
  • What hobbies do you have?
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Family and Friends/CIRCLE of friends – 8

I’ve created my own category called “the circle of friends” and this is because I don’t have family or friends. I have acquaintances on my outer circle and everyone else who’s of higher stature is in the inside because they’ve cemented their reliability.

All in all, people. I love doing this because it gives me so much awareness and I understand so much about myself in general — just because I’m able to to figure out what areas are hurting me. You should do the same, too!

Listen to “Wheel of Life: January 2019 Edition – The Calm Before Freedom” on Spreaker.

Wheel of Life: October 2018 Edition – Closing Out The Year

Another month, another close.  Yes, it’s been a year with far more ups than downs, but the closing is coming to an end.

How will you leave your mark?

For those of you tuning in for the first time, this is a podcast that’s for people who are willing to identify what areas of life are their strengths and which ones they’ve been neglecting.  Here are the categories.

  • Personal development
  • Physical environment
  • Romantic relationships
  • Health
  • Wealth
  • Career
  • Fun & Hobbies
  • Family & Friends

Rate yourself from 1-10 in each category and be brutally honest about yourself.  Once you understand what areas are suffering, now you’re consciously aware and can make a change.  Here are not only my categories, but what I need to improve in.

Improvement Stages Launch

Normally I’ve talked about my main scores followed by explanation, but I want to see where I can improve.  It’s not about becoming a perfectionist, but improving.

Physical Environment – *3

So, in terms of my physical environment, I believe that it can increase significantly.  First and foremost, my separate projects outside my main place of work are great.  A turning point happened at my job where someone “bitched” at me over something that isn’t even worth repeating (ok, it was about writing on a back of a sheet of paper), but it made me realize “maybe this place doesn’t deserve a teacher like me?”  When she did this, I scratched my head and said, “I’m not going to get my visa until early next year…and that’s if I’m still here.”

That’s called a yellow flag, folks.  Never fully commit when you have nastiness happening.

I’m now cancelling a lot of my availability with the job — because I CAN.  I’m also focusing on my main projects, but that and a couple of blackouts at my condo has hampered the everlasting 10 you would see on a continuous basis.

Physical Environment – *2

I could’ve increased my personal development by a large margin if I just know how to end my day.

I’ve been scuffling and trying to figure out an evening routine that’s suitable for m Because I finish work so ridiculously late, it’s very hard for me to end my day effectively (no excuses.  It all deals with my phone.  If I’m able to listen to affirmations or listen to my “calm” application, which has some nice story-telling to put me in a good state of mind, I win.  However, I haven’t been able to do that.

So, there are several things that I will implement. Tune into my podcast down below for that!

Career – *1.5

Honestly, I’m on the right track.  The comments, the love, the support, the things I’m attracting…but my actions are still not showing that I’m hungry for my ebook and webinar launch.

Wealth – *5

This was the category that made me upset.  I should be making a solid figure per month at my day job, but I’m not — STILL.  So, what can I do to buck the trend? In the podcast!

Because I don’t want to make this long extra long, I decided put everything into my podcast down below to here how I’m able to cope with things that aren’t working.

Podcast

Wheel of Life: September 2018 Edition – Grateful!

Period! Need I say more? Man, just looking back on some things that have happened at the beginning of this year and last year.  You know, some time around December, I remember going to a fitness class in the heart of Bangkok and seeing two Australian Air Force personnel and meeting them.  They were so happy and content, and the first time I met them, I opened up about moving to Bangkok and sharing them my story in terms of dealing with all the shenanigans of my last job.

I recall sharing other stories with the likes of personal trainers and I was under such distressed, completely unaware of what was going to happen in the future.  After contacting Chilean teaching headhunters and other corporations, I decided to possibly venture out and get out of Thailand.  Going back and forth with a place that was barely giving me any work because the vindictive revenge that they had in mind, I needed to get the hell outa there.

I got some part-time jobs here and there.  Two women, who were nice at the beginning of the year, helped me with March-May because of teaching TOEFL iTP at their small testing center.  I accepted a contract that I thought was steep (initially but it ended up being complete bullshit) and worked way outside Bangkok with another guy that looks 89 years old.  I had another side gig at a place that I found quite enjoyable (teaching a doctor) in an area that was just beautiful (but takes 1.5 hours to get home).  You guys understand, now.  The beginning of this year was tough.  It was bleak.  I got two jobs through emails and then turned down because the students wanted a “white” teacher.  I began applying for jobs in Malaysia, Tunisia, France, Spain, etc.  Lots of different offers were coming in, but I kept at it and stayed strong here.  Guess what? It all paid off.

Nonetheless, I just want to review the hardships because that’s where the primary growth takes place.  I never learn from seemingly non-stop success.  So to see myself on what looks like the pillar of success, is the greatest thing that has ever happened.  I’m humble, but here’s my Wheel of Life.

Podcast

 

Wheel of Life: July Edition – Thrusters Are On!

Wow, from last month’s Wheel of Life podcast, to today, has seen a significant amount of change.  Yes, the Malaysia trip, meeting my main man Hakeem Khan while doing an amazing podcaster interview, and setting myself up for another magnificent month, has helped.

However, I think where I excelled tremendously was in being efficient.  With the little amount of time I had over the past month, I was still able to reach out to a lot of people and set myself up for success.

When I went to Malaysia, I met up with my main man Hakeem, who ended up showing me how to use Veme.ly, an app that I can make bite-sized videos for Instagram with an animated progress bar and other features.  Since that day, I’ve connected with a guy from Guinea, a country in Western Africa.  On top of that, an ecommerce brander in Alabama agreed to come on after seeing one of my one-minute spurts.  Also, Malaysians, British and others (and a little failure in the midst) topped off a magnificent month!

For those of you tuning in for the first time, this is an excellent exercise to see if you where you’re at in categories.  Do you have balance? What areas are you neglecting? What are you traditional strengths?

  • Personal Development
  • Physical Environment
  • Romantic Relationships
  • Family & Friends
  • Fun & Hobbies
  • Wealth
  • Career
  • Health

Here are my categories and explanations.

Personal Development – 10

Learning constantly about myself, my mind, and what I do in tense situations.  It’s like I learn something new about myself everything that was always inside of me, but a video or text brings it out of me.   I consistently go to work on ME! How can I become a better teacher? Friend? Son? Influencer? Mentor? Coach?

How can I give?

Where can I grow?

How can I celebrate?

Some questions you should ask yourself every morning.

Physical Environment – 10

Physical environment is comprised of your home and work life.  Are you truly happy about both areas?  For me, it feels ridiculously good knowing that everyday I go to work, there isn’t some ancient foreigner tell me ridiculous comments about “hear-say she-said” bs, and especially front desk girls complaining about other dumb shit.  My job now, which I love….is simple.  Go in, say hello to the girls, go to my room, do my job and that’s it.  It’s ridiculously simple and simply the best job I’ve ever had.

Home life, as always, is amazing.

Romantic Relationships – X

I don’t need someone outside to make me feel fulfilled.  That’s simple a fact.

Family & Friends – 7

After my mom commented and gave me some motivation, I felt on top of the world ever since.  That was the first comment, of any kind from her, in 5 years.  She said, “stand up for your rights,” and coming from my mother….that meant everything in the world to me.

Friends come and go a dime or dozen.  I honestly just dropped a long-time friend recently because she’s an absolute CLOWN.  Do I feel better? Absolutely!  With holiday approaching next week, I’m feeling really good about where I’m heading with family and friends.

Fun & Hobbies – 8

This one was hard to grade, given the fact that I had just gone to Malaysia.  However, I’m fitting in “me” time early in the morning, but haven’t been able to meet so many people over the last month.  Nonetheless, it’s still a very solid 8.

Wealth – 9.5

Last month was atrocious, this month was in a massive surplus.  Regardless of a pricey trip to Hong Kong looming large, I still have an insane amount saved up.  Always SAVE!

Career – 10

Some notes from my book

Podcast interview with an ecommerce podcaster from Alabama, fitness guy and podcaster from Guinea but living in KL, entrepreneur from KL, another guy from England, two fitness guys in BKK.

That’s for podcast interviews only.  Of course it’s the landing pages, ebook, ESL courses, pronunciation courses and other things that are even more exciting.  The amount of feedback and attention I’m drawing in right now is EXCITING to say the very LEAST.

Health – 10

Ok, I would like to get a little more defined, but the tremendous amount of strength I have at this juncture in my life, is INSANE.  I’m just so grateful that I signed up for this gym I go to in the morning on a 1-year contract.  Overall, from eating…to everything else — this is definitely the healthiest I’ve ever been.

 

How To Use Affirmations

Tony Robbins said the late Jim Rohn told him, “you have very poor psychology.  Makes some statements about the life you want to live.  Restate it over and over and over again.”

There was a homeless man asking Tony for some change one evening and all he asked for was 25 cents.  Tony then pulled out a wad of cash with a lot of 100$ bills on top of it….the man looked at the money, the quarter, and then Tony.  He took the quarter and told Tony, “you’re weird!”

You get in life what you ask for.  Sure, entrepreneurs will talk about “hustle, hustle, hustle….affirmations and meditations mean nothing,” but I can go so far to tell you that many of the entrepreneurs out there lack empathy and have rotten personalities.  They’re in fight-or-flight mode 24/7 and they always think the “worse case” scenarios.  Everyone has bluerprints; whether they’re social, geographical, financial, etc.  To get over that negative conditioning, I don’t care how much you hustle, you’re going to have to reprogram your mind.

How to use your affirmations.

  1. Repeat your affirmations at least three times a day.  The best times are the first thing in the morning, the middle of the day, and around bedtime.
  2. Work in depth with a few affirmations.  This is much more effective than working less frequently with a greater number of them.
  3. Say your affirmations out loud, if possible.  If not, read them silently to yourself.
  4. Close your eyes and visualize yourself as the affirmation describes.  See the scene through your eyes, as if it were happening around you, just the way you would be seeing it in real life.
  5. Hear the sounds; see the images that would be present when you successfully achieve what your affirmation describes.  Include any other people who would be there, and hear their words of encouragement and congratulations.
  6. Feel the emotions that you would experience when you achieve this goal.  The stronger your feelings are, the more powerful the impact.

My most powerful affirmation…..

I’m more handsome than ever!

The drop back of this story has to be the fact that I would constantly say, “Thai women hate black men!” So what ended up happening? I attracted to me the most disgusting specimen imaginable three years ago.  So, how could I reverse the negative self-talk? By using reaffirming positive self-talk.

Pick a solid three affirmations.  I’m talking about affirmations that negative the most common negative self-talk phrases you spew everyday.  Example, I asked my students what happened during there tenure while learning English and they constantly said, “I’m stupid” — although they go to the best university in Thailand? That’s absurd. It’s ridiculous.  You can’t be STUPID in learning a language, so instead say “I’m brilliant with learning English as I learn 30 minutes in both the morning and evening.”

I’m fat, I’m stupid, I’m black, I’m not handsome enough, I’m not beautiful enough, I’m not tall enough, I’m not smart enough, I’m not experienced enough.  Enough with the bullshit opinions of others.  Reprogram your mind NOW!

Teemaree Interview on Affirmations 

How To Make Affirmations

Tony Robbins: More Chatter on Index Funds & Mutual Funds

“But how do you pick the right funds? There are certainly enough to choose from. As we mentioned earlier, there are about 9,500 mutual funds in America—more than double the number of publicly traded US companies! So it’s safe to say the mutual fund market is a tad saturated. Why do so many companies want to be in this business? Yup, you got it: because it’s fabulously lucrative!
The trouble is, it tends to be much more lucrative for Wall Street than for actual customers like you and me. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting that the industry is consciously out to screw us. I’m not suggesting that this is a business full of crooks or charlatans! On the contrary, the majority of financial professionals are intelligent, hardworking, and thoughtful. But Wall Street has evolved into an ecosystem that exists first and foremost to make money for itself. It’s not an evil industry made up of evil individuals. It’s made up of corporations whose purpose is to maximize profits for their shareholders. That’s their job.”

Excerpt From: Tony Robbins. “Unshakeable.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/unshakeable/id1146849403?mt=11

Scary, isn’t it? Was asked a question recently about “how can we take a leap of faith when we live in such an uncertain world?” It’s an excellent question.  If you look at the Crypto markets right now, we’re heading for a some really nasty times — maybe? Some of the investors are still amazingly optimistic, but I’m still a bit terrified about it.

That’s when we get into Index Funds…and the reassurance in this chapter glistened my eyes.

Index funds take a “passive” approach that eliminates almost all trading activity. Instead of trading in and out of the market, they simply buy and hold every stock in an index such as the S&P 500. This includes companies like Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, and Johnson & Johnson—currently the five biggest stocks in the S&P 500. Index funds are almost entirely on autopilot: they make very few trades, so their transaction costs and tax bills are incredibly low. They also save a fortune on other expenses. For one thing, they don’t have to pay enormous salaries to all those active fund managers and their teams of analysts with Ivy League degrees!” – Tony Robbins

“When you own an index fund, you’re also protected against all the downright dumb, mildly misguided, or merely unlucky decisions that active fund managers are liable to make. For example, an active manager is likely to keep a portion of the fund’s assets in cash, ready to invest if an enticing opportunity arises—or ready to meet redemption requests if lots of investors decide to sell their shares in the fund. Keeping some cash on hand isn’t a bad idea, and it’s handy when the market falls. But cash doesn’t earn a return, so it will underperform stocks over time, assuming that the market continues its general upward trajectory. Ultimately the resulting “cash drag” tends to have a negative impact on the returns of actively managed funds.
What about index funds? Instead of sitting on cash, they remain almost fully invested at all times.”

 

Tony Robbins: Goldman Sachs + What To Do Next: Hidden Fees and Halfway Truths

Foreword about Goldman Sachs – By Jiun Ting Yong

Do you know what is Goldman Sachs? A very well – known investment bank in Manhattan, Wall Street in New York, the USA. An investment bank that was well – known for their job in analysing economics and financial markets for investors and potential investors to invest their money in the stock markets, bonds and emerging markets. They are so good with their jobs in underwriting bonds for potential investors to buy their clients’ bonds and some even involved government backed bond funds. Goldman Sachs started back in the 19th century by Marcus Goldman where he was joined by his son – in – law Marcus Sachs that became today well – known name.

As a typical investment bank normally they underwrite bonds and writing financial reports for investors who are looking at doubling their assets; mostly would read their report to make themselves rich. However, some of their trade can be very controversial. Remember the 2008 Global Recession which was the cause of excessive spending through mortgages where the middle class signed  mortgage deals with low – level interest rates?  Be careful — it isn’t that a huge sums — but if you were unable to serve the interest, then you needed to pay for ‘additional interest’ known as the penalty. That’s the root of all problems when you are unable to serve your loan, the investment bank and commercial bank would just forfeit your home by repossessing it, except for the Obama piece of legislation that managed to fight against these huge sums of forfeiture where people lost their home.

Yikes! So now you guys got the rundown of what Goldman Sachs is about, unfortunately.  I saw it recently in a movie where an ego-maniacal character played a banker from Goldman, rudely telling commuters to get away from him and demeaning the lower-middle class individuals on this train.

I then did some research and it says that Goldman is the main reason to why the financial crisis happened to begin with.

So, when I started reading about all this, I got even more scared about investing because that particular individual worked for Goldman, who’s a banker/investor, who handles our money and looks to make themselves rich by hitting us with massive penalties.

“I often ask people “What are you investing for?” I get a variety of answers: from “high returns,” to “financial security,” to “retirement,” to “a beach house in Hawaii.” But before long, nearly everyone’s answers begin to rhyme. What most people really want, regardless of how much money they have today, is freedom. Freedom to do more of what they want, whenever they want, with whomever they want. It’s a beautiful dream, and an achievable one. But how can you sail off into the sunset if your boat has a hole in it? What if it’s slowly but surely taking on so much water that it’ll sink long before it reaches its destination?”

“I hate to tell you this, but most people are in exactly this position. They don’t realize that they’re doomed to disappointment because of the gradual—but ultimately devastating—impact of excessive fees on their financial well-being. What kills me is that they have no idea this is even happening to them. They have no idea that they are victims of a financial industry that is surreptitiously but systematically overcharging them.
Don’t just take my word for it. The nonprofit organization AARP published a report in which it found that 71% of Americans believe that they pay no fees at all to have a 401(k) plan. That’s right: 7 out of 10 people are entirely unaware that they’re even being charged a fee! This is the equivalent of believing that fast food contains no calories. Meanwhile, 92% admit that they have no idea how much they’re actually paying. In other words, they’re blindly trusting the financial industry to look out for their best interests! Yup, that’s the very same industry that brought about the global financial crisis! You might as well just hand over your wallet and the password to your debit card.”

Excerpt From: Tony Robbins. “Unshakeable.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/unshakeable/id1146849403?mt=11

Since this is going to be a hell of a long story, I do suggest that all of you tune into the podcast down below.

 

Tony Robbins: Unshakeable – Financial Freedom Facts: 1 & 2 + Story of Refugee

We’re back at it with finance!

Freedom Fact 1

“Have you ever listened to the pundits on CNBC or MSNBC talking about the stock market? Isn’t it amazing how dramatic they can make it sound? They love talking about volatility and turmoil because fear draws you into their programming.”

Excerpt From: Tony Robbins. “Unshakeable.” iBooks.

OH! The nail on the head! Of course! We call these people “fear mongers.”  All news anchors and outlets are the bottom of the barrel.  They’re the bain of all human existence.  This could be the Trump-North Korean war, or the fear of global warming, rising sea levels, and volcanic eruptions.  It draws silly ass people into their programs who end up pumping out that negativity to the rest of the world.

Yes, this is a bit off track, but it is the truth.

How about that foolish ass anchor (forgot his name) who kept saying, “Tesla is a cold stock!”  He was so anti-tesla, as so many other people were, but they all ended up eating their words.

How about Warren Buffet and the other supposed “billionaires” who berate bitcoin and other crypto because they don’t know what technology is?

The upcoming stock market crashes and what’s “happening” in the world is to draw your attention.  That’s all!

“Instead of getting distracted by all this noise, it helps to focus on a few key facts that truly matter. For example, on average, there’s been a market correction every year since 1900. When I first heard this, I was floored. Just think about it: if you’re 50 years old today and have a life expectancy of 85, you can expect to live through another 35 corrections. To put it another way, you’ll experience the same number of corrections as birthdays!
Why does this matter? Because it shows you that corrections are just a routine part of the game. Instead of living in fear of them, you and I have to accept them as regular occurrences—like spring, summer, fall, and winter. And you know what else? Historically, the average correction has lasted only 54 days—less than two months! In other words, most corrections are over almost before you know it. Not that scary, right?”

“Still, when you’re in the midst of a correction, you might find yourself becoming emotional and wanting to sell because you’re anxious to avert the possibility of more pain. You’re certainly not alone. These widespread emotions create a crisis mentality. But it’s important to note that, in the average correction over the last 100 years, the market has fallen only 13.5%. From 1980 through the end of 2015, the average drop was 14.2%.
It can feel pretty uncomfortable when your assets are taking that kind of a hit—and the uncertainty leads many people to make big mistakes. But here’s what you have to remember: if you hold tight, it’s highly likely that the storm will soon pass.”

 

Freedom Fact 2: Less Than 20% of All Corrections Turn Into a Bear Market

 

“When the market starts tumbling—especially when it’s down more than 10%—many people hit their pain threshold and start to sell because they’re scared that this drop could turn into a death spiral. Aren’t they just being sensible and prudent? Actually, not so much. It turns out that fewer than one in five corrections escalate to the point where they become a bear market. To put it another way, 80% of corrections don’t turn into bear markets.
If you panic and move into cash during a correction, you may well be doing so right before the market rebounds. Once you understand that the vast majority of corrections aren’t that bad, it’s easier to keep calm and resist the temptation to hit the eject button at the first sign of turbulence.”

Story of Refugee

I was sitting comfortably on the BTS skytrain in the heart of Bangkok, waiting for my stop to come so I can go about my day.  I looked up and I saw a lady walk past me with a smile on her face.  Opposite of me was an entire row of empty seats, but she decided to sit next to me.  I said, “oh boy.  Here we go! Arsenio, you attracted another one!”  She then started speaking to me, and of course, she asked me for food and money.

Her story was that she was laid off as a teacher while working as a refugee and her children are in school.  Sounds like a fabricated story, right? If you’re an undocumented refugee, there’s no way you can get into the country.  On top of that, your “children” are also undocumented.  So, how are they at school? Why are you on public transportation asking for money? One being because that’s dangerous for you — given the fact that immigration can ultimately find you and throw you in immigration jail for the rest of your life (and that’s all seriousness because that’s what they do in Thailand).

You mean to tell me your system is so broken that you have been reduced to begging for money on trains? In all realness, it looks like she was eating quite well.  Refugees are often emaciated. She seemed perfectly fine….so which brings to me that not only she’s a scammer, but she’s lost her will to survive and be the lioness for her children.

 

Wheel of Life – May Edition: The New Beginning — Again

Whew! So much noise, so many things happening, so many decisions to be made.  On the cusp of what might possibly be a new job, another one emerged.  I’m trying to check and see if these are breadcrumbs and I’m also evaluating every step…but it’s hard to determine.  Moving onto the next one, part-time jobs and madness happened in the Physical Environment side of everything; meanwhile, Fun & Hobbies skyrocketed.

There’s lots to be said, so let’s break this down category by category!

Wealth – 7

This is what happens when you’re a “freelance” teacher.  This is what happens when part-time jobs don’t come through and your monthly earnings take a significant hit.  I guess this leads me to say “this is why I need a full-time job” that guarantees me money.  I can no longer try to make fools happy.  I’ve gone through so many problems, opinions and ignorance with one part-time job, cutting my losses completely and making the decision never to work for ungrateful ass Gen B’s ever again.  Things are becoming now, but as long as I made my monthly expenses and rent for the month, I’m ok until I accept the new job in the coming week.

Career – 10

Hands down…it’s vastly climbing.  I’m going to try and break this down individually.

  • Thailand
    39%
    38
  • United States
    21%
    21
  • Brazil
    12%
    12
  • Japan
    10%
    10
  • Mexico
    5%
    5
  • Singapore
    3%
    3
  • Iran, Islamic Republic of
    3%
    3
  • Canada
    2%
    2
  • Morocco
    2%
    2
  • Ukraine
    2%
    2

These are plays on my ESL podcast in the last five episodes.  Remember, it only shows the top 10, there’s no telling what other countries are tuned into my crazy ass ESL podcasts (excited — so excited to see!).

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    United States

    6

  • 2
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    Czech Republic

    2

  • 3
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    United Kingdom

    2

  • 4
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    India

    1

  • 5
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    Pakistan

    1

  • 6
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    Germany

    1

  • 7
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    Jordan

    1

  • 8
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    Netherlands

    1

  • 9
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    Malaysia

    1

  • 10
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    Iraq

    1

  • 11
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    Bahamas

    Here are just a handful of countries listening to my personal development podcasts on Soundcloud (third-party hosting site).  My main website is obviously ApplePodcasts, iTunes and other sites that bring in a lot of listeners.  Again, this goes to show how diverse the community is.

     

Business

Marketing survey is going to be launched (or has already been launched) today for my ESL students who are listening to me from all over the world.  I’m creating plugins for my WordPress website so my students can get downloadable ESL resources and I’m working on getting a monthly subscription going for my website, too.  Email list is coming to send free resources to learners around the globe.

I’m also developing an online course and going to attach some of Napoleon Hill’s Creeds’ to my website so people can recite useful affirmations aloud everyday.  There’s a lot that’s happening in general, and it’s an exciting time to be alive!

Personal Development – 10

Without any doubt in my mind, I’ve realized that I needed to get back on track after my Spartan Race performance.  How did I do that? Ok, I woke up and listened to Terry Crews Advice. “I don’t look at my phone until after my workout and routine.”

Guys, to be honest, I normally wake up and look at my phone right off the back.  because of a horrendous Saturday, I turned off all my notifications and put the apps in different areas.  I leave only the important apps on the main interface.  Everything else I needed to shove aside.  So, on Monday, i woke up and listened to an inspiring video + affirmations.  I wasn’t able to workout because I had business in the morning, but I was still able to bang out a podcast for my personal development and ESL networks.  Wildly successful morning before 6:45am.

On top of that, I’m listening to Bob Proctors “How To Stop Negative Thinking” on a daily basis.  I’ve also been diving into some of Lewis Howes’ podcasts with Jack Canfield because Jack has a lot of useful things to say.  Les Brown for inspiration and of course another YouTube channel to get me going in the morning.  Yes, I still do some reading (because I always write blogs), but I’m making sure I learn as much as possible now.

Health – 7

After a catastrophic failure at my race, I made it up by going on a sugar/candy purge.  I’m not touching sugar for the next XXX amount of days.  As of Sunday, I had a chicken caesar salad and a spicy wrap for breakfast.  Lunch I had Subway – and for dinner I had some rice, chicken, vegetables and an egg.  I’m not playing around anymore.  My weight and what I’m eating reminds of those Australia — eat a blueberry muffin and a bag of candy for breakfast — days.

Fun & Hobbies – 8

I don’t know. I still feel a bit out of touch with fulfilling my fun and hobbies.  Sure, I wen to Singapore, I workout, I do go running and do all of these things I consider living, but I really need to travel on a 4-8 weeks basis.  There’s one job that’s going to provide me that opportunity and the other one won’t.  Decisions, decision.

Romantic Relationships – You Already Know

 

Friends & Family – 3

Same story….but boy I need reliable and long-lasting relationships. Hard to create them, but then again, if I evaluate if I’m looking in the right neighborhood or not…I’m far from it.

Physical Environment – 10

Now, at the time of writing this, it was a 7.5. However, after going through with the job interview and seeing that my career changed happened just a week after my 30th birthday, I’m fully content with my physical environment.

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