A Permanent Vacation and Becoming an Expat

This post includes my unedited answers to seven questions a reporter asked me about being on a “permanent vacation” (his words not mine) and the choice to be an expat. 1. What was your living/work situation when you decided to move abroad? Why did you want to move to this location? How long have you been there?…

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How Can I Move to Japan and Teach English?

Here are some questions I get asked frequently, given my experience living and working in Japan, and my candid answers. I am currently living in Tokyo on a contract as a university English professor. I have lived and worked in Japan twice before, in two other different cities and on two different job contracts. My…

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How to Focus and Get Stuff Done – 5 Tips to Use Now

In the age of Facebook, where the average person checks social media and their text messages relentlessly, what kinds of tricks can we use to stay focused? Ironically, a friend of mine asked me this question in a Facebook message the other day. Thanks, Vernon. Here’s the low-down on what I told him: 1) Plan…

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How to Achieve a Winning Mindset – Observations from the Book The Art of Learning

On Focus: Do not pay attention to outside attention. Do not pay attention to people watching you. Do not pay attention to the score. You must focus on your own performance. [Tweet ““No one ever won a race looking sideways.””] That is one message that resonated with me. If you pay too much attention to what…

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How to Become an Expert at Any Skill – Lessons from The Art of Learning

This is my second post that references Josh Waitzkin’s book The Art of Learning. To read the first one, click here. Using vivid personal stories in his book The Art of Learning, Josh Waitzkin describes four main tenants to becoming an expert in any subject: 1. Lay a solid groundwork by studying less complex, basic…

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How I Got My Credit Cards to Give Me $2,000 to Travel

In the last 9 months, I flew round trip from Boston to Tokyo for free, flew from Portland, OR to Los Angeles to Boston for free and rode the Eurostar train from London to Pairs for free. That’s a savings of about $2,000, which I earned by using credit cards. I’ve done this without changing my…

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Want to be Happier? Here’s One Solution

A few weeks ago I visited my friend Anne who is a super smart and social young lady. Since I was staying a whole week with her, I was privy to her weekly ritual — Friday evening Happy Hour. What is special about Anne’s Happy Hour is that she hosts it in her apartment building.…

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How to Make a Passive Income Teaching Online on Udemy

  Recently Nick Loper from The Side Hustle Show Podcast did an episode with Scott Britton. Scott’s first two courses were on the topics of sleep hacking and Gmail productivity. He is not a PhD or expert on these topics, but he is fascinated by these topics. He went out and researched the topics and…

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Top 15 Travel Hacks Inspired by the Military

Military guys are always on the move. They’re tough, they’re light packers (except for all that weaponry), and have refined the art of travel to a science. I’ve never been in the military, but judging by the way I travel, people think I have been. I owe that to my father. Let’s take a look…

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Is Teaching Online a Possibility for You?

Recently, other language teachers have been asking me how they can teach online. I’ve been teaching ESL online since 2011. It seems that many teachers are tired of the grind, and are interested in a new way of earning a living, or perhaps just to have some extra money. The attractiveness of teaching online is…

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