New book alert: Hey! I’m Shaun And I’m Annoying!

New book alert: Hey! I’m Shaun And I’m Annoying!

From a cafe in the countryside of South Korea   I've been in this town for two weeks and i've gotten more done here than in my six months in Seoul. Small town coffee shops are the absolute best. What have I been doing here? Building. Building relationships...

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When To Fire Your Friends

When To Fire Your Friends

From the goshiwon December 2014. I got a text from an old friend. He was getting married in March 2015. He asked me to be a groom's man. I didn't respond. Two weeks later, he texts me again asking, no, demanding why I didn't respond back. I gave a half-assed reason as...

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I made over 8 million smile. Here’s what happened.

I made over 8 million smile. Here’s what happened.

From a cafe in Seoul Over the weekend, I became an internet sensation overnight. Around this time in 2007, I said I was going to make a video go viral. At that time, I thought I knew how to do such a thing. Make some so crazy that millions of people will watch and...

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Do It Scared

Do It Scared

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...

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Victim Mentality Gets You Nowhere

Victim Mentality Gets You Nowhere

From a Starbucks in Seoul From a conversation in Vietnam: White American man: There's a thing called 'white guilt' in the United States. Vietnamese man: Why is that? White American man: Because white people feel bad for having 'white supremacy'. Vietnamese man: Wait,...

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How To Never Back Down

How To Never Back Down

From the goshiwon. Recently, YouTube star Pewdiepie was dropped from Disney for "being a nazi". Labels like "nazi" and "racist" are being thrown around. They've lost their meaning today. Westerners will label anything and everything. I've been labeled many times. It...

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My Homemade Teleprompter

My Homemade Teleprompter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN3x5Q2lcvU In the summer of 2015, I built a teleprompter. What is a teleprompter? It's a device that helps newscasters or tv hosts read their script without looking at a script. This was one of my all time favorite projects that year....

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14 Truths I Learned From Traveling

14 Truths I Learned From Traveling

February 2012, I left the United States for the first time. My family and friends tried to stop me. “You’re not ready for this” they said. “Your plan sucks” “You will come back before six months”. Five years later, I’m still traveling and thriving as best I can. The...

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Downgrade to upgrade

Downgrade to upgrade

From a cafe in Sinchon Family, In late 2013, I left South Korea. My way of life downgraded. Went from making close to $3k a month teaching to making barely $1500 a month working three part time jobs. Most people will think downgrading is a bad thing. Realistically, it...

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How To Get, Maintain, And Keep Professional Contacts

How To Get, Maintain, And Keep Professional Contacts

From the Goshiwon Shortly after my 36 people post, I was asked, "How did you meet so many people?" It's simple. I either went to where they had an event or I asked to meet them. Depending on a person's occupation, it's pretty easy to meet whoever you want to. The real...

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The power of asking

The power of asking

It was August 2016. There was a film crew near one of my classrooms. “Oh, they’re filming another drama. No big deal!”   All of a sudden, I heard “KIM JONG KOOK!!!”   I turned around and saw my co-workers run towards the edge of the set. Security was around...

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Be a creator, not an adaption

Be a creator, not an adaption

From the goshiwon. If there's one thing i'm sick of, it's people demanding certain versions of a character already created. In 2016, there was this push to make the character Hermione Granger from Harry Potter black. I was against it. Why ask and plead and beg for...

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Mindset lessons from Tom Brady

Mindset lessons from Tom Brady

Location: Inside the Goshiwon Last Sunday, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won his fifth world championship. Many on social media treated his win as a "travesty" because he was a Donald Trump supporter. Through it all, Brady and his team made a glorious...

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How I start a conversation with people

How I start a conversation with people

From the goshiwon: Every day I step out of my apartment complex, I see people going about their business. They're either going to work, going to school, or doing who knows what. I'm a YouTuber here and it's my job to talk to these people about certain things. You'd...

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Did I leave the USA because of President Trump?

Did I leave the USA because of President Trump?

From a coffee shop in Seoul: I'm often asked I left the United States because of President Donald Trump. The answer? No. I had plans to come back to Korea at the beginning of 2017. I had this plan since I left in September. Regardless of Trump being president or not,...

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How a change in my posture made me more attractive

How a change in my posture made me more attractive

"To become one with your body, start paying attention to how you walk." - Gorilla Mindset, chapter 3 From the goshiwon: In August 2015, I finished the book Gorilla Mindset. While reading it, I learned about the importance of posture. I didn't realize how bad my...

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Why an experience & books are better than university

Why an experience & books are better than university

If you go home with someone and they don't have books, don't f*ck them! - John Waters From the goshiwon (aka tiny Korean apartment): I was in college from 2004 to 2010. Those years, I worked 2-3 jobs to pay for it out of pocket. Trust me when I say those were NOT the...

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I was an illegal worker in Tokyo, Japan!

I was an illegal worker in Tokyo, Japan!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmi11PMlV3I From the office of Shaun: In early September, I moved to Japan to start my life over. I finished up a year in Korea and wanted to move forward in my media career. An opportunity to work in cleaning staff at a hostel came and...

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The best marketing is human connection

The best marketing is human connection

From the desk of Shaun: Imagine going to a foreign country with a plan but nothing goes your way. You can either whine and complain about it or you can work with what you have. I made my way back to Seoul, South Korea last week. Originally I was going to stay at a...

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Consistency is KEY to success. Here’s how I do it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCm2rKTn9Lg   Here's something that a lot of people don't understand with content creation: you evolve as you create on a regular basis!! This is something that came to me the other day. I was reading these articles on creating and...

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2016: The Year Of The Annoying Fox

2016: The Year Of The Annoying Fox

2016 was a crazy year for a lot of people. For me, it was a year of growth, pain, learned lessons, and moving forward. I called the title "Annoying Fox" for two reasons. One, I like foxes. Two, I understood how annoying I was prior to my growth. Normally, I would shy...

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Suicide attempt & overcoming porn addiction

Suicide attempt & overcoming porn addiction

(Note: There are affiliate links in here. If you liked what I have, don't hesitate to check out more by clicking on them) Family. 8th grade was the worst year of my life. I was 13-14 years old. That year, I went through things I would NEVER wish on my worst enemy. In...

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A message to the high school Class of 2016

Lemme tell you something you won't hear from established college graduates: Unless you're going to school for a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medical) degree or want a way to teach English overseas, COLLEGE IS A WASTE OF TIME, MONEY, AND RESOURCES. I used to...

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It’s Over 9000: When Worldviews Collide (book review)

Note: This review has affiliate links! If my review is influential in your decision to purchase any books, buy through the links below and show your love. Thanks and happy reading! It’s Over 9000: When Worldviews Collide (spoiler free review) Everyone and their daddy...

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The concept of money and status

The concept of money and status

Ya'll, let me tell you something. I used to be BAD with money. In my teens, as soon as I got a little pocket change, I would spend it right then and there. Now that I think about it, I was bad around 16. When I was 14-15, I was actually pretty good with it. I wanted a...

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Losing vs. being a loser

Losing vs. being a loser

I'm going to tell you something the baby boomers and generation X won't tell you: it's okay to lose. These days people equate losing to being a loser. Ironically, we live in an age were being a loser is seen as strong and people that are actually strong are seen as...

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Maintaining your precious time

Maintaining your precious time

Wasting time is an awful trend in South Korea and the United States. Corporate workers have to work 12 hour shifts minimum. If they're finished with their work, they can't just leave and go to their families. Most times, they have to stay until their manager is...

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How to ask for something

How to ask for something

I honestly believe this generation has made asking one of the hardest things to do. Yeah, I sound like an old man but hear me out for a moment. We miss out on getting what we want because we're too afraid to ask. My generation has this thing with putting labels on...

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Benefits of NO.

Benefits of NO.

From the desk of Shaun   "Focusing is about saying NO" - Steve Jobs Hi family! The happiest people i've come across have one thing in common: they know when and how to say 'no'. Here in Korea and in Japan, saying 'no' is the norm when it comes to protecting...

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What NOT to worry about when moving to South Korea

What NOT to worry about when moving to South Korea

From the desk of Shaun   Family! People (especially westerners) have pre-conceived notions about Korea. 95% of the time they're wrong. There's good and bad to everything in the world. South Korea has its own faults, mainly due to cultural aspects. The way things...

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Getting mad at what is out of your control is useless.

Getting mad at what is out of your control is useless.

From the office of Shaun   Hollywood showed new screen shots of Scarlett Johansson in the Ghost In The Shell live action. She's set to play the lead character Major Motoko Kusanagi. Not too many people were happy about that. Hollywood doesn't care. They didn't...

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Opportunities: Make them or take them!

Opportunities: Make them or take them!

From the desk of Shaun   Hey family! A thought came to me last night. https://www.instagram.com/p/BEHmaZGEuck/?taken-by=dtwowebb Here in Korea, and really anywhere else around the world, opportunities for the extremely wealthy are given to them. If you're in the...

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You’re done teaching overseas. Now what?

You’re done teaching overseas. Now what?

From the desk of Shaun   I want you to imagine that you completed your one year teaching contract today. You're in Korea/Japan/China/Taiwan/Vietnam. What do you do now? Go back home or travel the world? There are a number of things you can do however..........

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Do you have AMBITION?

Do you have AMBITION?

From the desk of Shaun   People this day in age have this absurd mindset in thinking they can go anywhere and do anything if they "think positive" or "follow their dreams". Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder) said "That's a load...

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Test your might!

Test your might!

Family, Too many times I hear people give excuses as to why they can’t travel: I have no money. I’m too afraid. I got bills. What if I get stuck? I don’t know the language. I heard [insert group of people] are racist. North Korea is too close to South Korea! They got...

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Motivation leads to discipline

Motivation leads to discipline

From the desk of Shaun   Hey family! When I first did martial arts, I was often confused what they meant by teaching "discipline". I always understood that word as something that was done to students in school. It wasn't until a few years ago I learned there's a...

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How to maintain important connections

From the desk of Shaun   Hey family! I took a walk through the country side today and something came to mind. Ever have one of those moments where a random thought of what you did in the past will come and you'll say to yourself "Aww man, I can't believe I did...

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Know what you’re getting yourself into

Know what you’re getting yourself into

If you decide to move someplace, regardless of the city, make sure you get your facts straight and your mind right. As of this writing, i’m in my new apartment in South Korea. I like it due to the fact that I have WALKING room and room to exercise! My previous...

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