From the goshiwon

Imagine being a singer. You just released your second album. Tonight is your first solo concert.

There are at least 60 people in attendance.

You were not expecting such a turn out.

You sing your songs and get cheers from many different people. Some are from your home country and some are foreigners.

The concert was a roaring success! There are reports in the newspapers. There are also online articles about how great you were.

All of this was done while you were scared. You were petrified about singing in front of people. You’ve done it on a grand scale with a large group but never on your own.

The person i’m talking about above is Anri Okita. She’s a former adult film star turned actress, singer, and model. I interviewed her and she said she was “a little bit nervous” about her first show. She did very well and DVD sales of her concert are going up!

Family, I came to South Korea with nothing but my brain, guts, and nuts.

“You’re going back to Korea?! But not as a teacher? I couldn’t do that! It’s scary!”

They’re not wrong, it is scary. But I did it anyway.

Why? Because if it isn’t scary, it shouldn’t be done.

Please don’t confuse this with doing something stupid. Think of this more as doing what’s necessary for your well-being.

Five years ago, I came to South Korea knowing only one person. I came with no knowledge of the language. I had only $500 on me. I wanted out of Texas and it felt right.

I worked at a hagwon (private school) and constantly had money stolen from me. Most days I would barely be able to pay off my bills. I also worked in a toxic environment. Save for one person, everyone else were buttholes.

After quitting that job, I was homeless. I knew nothing about switching schools and I had no options.

When you’re 6k miles away from home, you have to do whatever it takes to survive. I forced myself to talk to people. I forced myself to do things I would not have done in Texas.

The man I am now is because I did things scared. Getting this way didn’t happen overnight. I had to do anything and everything scared to build myself up. Was it fun? No. Was it easy? Hell no. Was it worth it? Probably.

I learned the concept of “DO IT SCARED” from artist Lesean Thomas. He worked on shows such as Avatar: The Last Airbender, Legend Of Korra, The Boondocks, Black Dynamite, and most DC animated series. He often tells his followers that want to be artists to do it scared.

I treat each day i’m away like being in an video game. Each new thing I do or each thing I do consistently levels me up. If I go to bed and realize I did nothing new, I wasted the day.

When you wake up, find something new to do. Do something that terrifies you. When you do it, it will no longer fear you. You’ll say to yourself, “WOW! That felt great! I want to do it again!”

You probably want to know how to do it scared. It’s easy. Just get up and do it.

There’s no secret formula to it. You gotta stand up, and put one foot forward and move. That’s it.

If you’re afraid of looking foolish in front of people you don’t know, you won’t make it. Try it out today.

Take care of yourself