When I started teaching English and pronunciation, I thought it was all about teaching and learning pronunciation.
Makes sense, no? A teacher teaches.
Not groundbreaking news as far as I’m concerned.
But as I started getting a few students I realized that I’m becoming 90% teacher, 4% accountant, 4% salesperson, and 2% office manager.
Then teaching took up 80% of my time and 20% went to other aspects in my business and my personal growth, and with every year that went by, I was teaching less and focusing more on a whole bunch of other things that had nothing to do with English.
– Leadership skills
– Management skills
– Time management
I had to learn how to take responsibility for my mistakes, overcome limitations, stay committed (even when it was hard and boring), and develop a thick skin when people felt like they needed to share with me how incompetent I am.
I realized that being successful at what I do was not about how much I teach, but about the person I become.
And every time I felt stuck in my business or my teaching, reaching a breakthrough wasn’t about learning more or teaching more, but about changing something in myself so I could overcome the obstacles I was facing and grow.
You’re probably wondering what this has to do with English. I’ll tell you.
Just like becoming a good English teacher is the best vehicle for me to help people, being fluent is the best vehicle for you to impact people around you and get what you want in life.
Which means that fluency, too, is not achieved by working with the best teachers, speaking English 24/7, downloading the perfect app or discovering the best learning strategies.
It’s about the person you’re becoming.
Have you ever wondered what all those fluent speakers of English have in common? Those who speak English so confidently in meetings and videos – even though English is not their native language?
They probably all share the 5 characteristics that are a must, if you want to shift from speaking a language to owning a language.
This is Part 2 of the ‘Finally Fluent in 2021’ video series. In Part 1 we talked about how to review the passing year. Watch Part 1 and download the Year-in-Review Workbook here, so you can step into your full English potential in 2021. CLICK HERE to WATCH Part 1 of the Series
May you have a healthy, prosperous, and joyful year.
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