Monday, September 26, 2011

The Risk and Rewards of Me Teaching in Japan

Once again, I've been inspired by Niall Doherty to write a blog entry.  Thanks, Niall.

Niall asks four questions, which I will copy directly:

  1. What is the worst possible likely outcome?
  2. What is the best possible likely outcome?
  3. Is it likely that I’ll regret this, if I do it and it turns out poorly?
  4. Is it likely that I’ll regret not doing this, if I pass it up?
So what is the worst possible likely outcome?  Notice the word 'likely'.  This means I cannot select death by duck attack, being hit by a meteorite, or internal combustion.  The worst that can happen is that I will not enjoy teaching English and come back to the US a year later with no money and no job.  Oh, no, I'll have to live on Mom's couch for a bit.  Not a big deal to me, though you might feel sorry for my mother.

What is the best possible likely outcome?  This is also easy:  I enjoy teaching enough to stay in Japan with an extended contract to teach for three to four years.  A better, though less likely, outcome is to open my own English school a few years after moving.  Oddly enough, this is probably what my mother would list as the worst possible outcome.  Sorry, Mom.

Even if I do come back after a year, I'll have spent a year living in a completely different culture, become fluent in a second language, and have a LOT of stories to tell.

If I don't do it, I would have a lot of regrets.  I would also be back to spending hours each week thinking about what I want to do with my life.  I'm tired of that.  I want to move on.  I want to have an adventure, not think about having an adventure.

What's your adventure?  What imaginary risks are holding you back?  Watch this and think about it:

1 comment:

  1. Death by duck attack. Ha!

    Glad you found this exercise useful, Matt. And thanks for sharing it with your readers.