Stop trying to change the world, and start changing yourself

You probably already know this.

But I have very little tolerance for people who whine (=complain) about their lives.

Something I hear a lot from people who use English at work…

… Is how ‘unfair’ it is.

It takes them ages to write an email in English, they say. But the reply from their native-speaker clients comes back instantly.

Or native speakers have it easy in meetings…

Because English is their first language.

People who use English as a second language however, have a tough time. It’s hard to understand. People speak to fast. It’s just not fair, blah blah blah.

Boo-hoo.

Quit complaining and get good at English. Learn the language you need. And just do it.

This kid was born with no arms

… but look at him.

He brushes his own teeth, and even writes his own school work.

Is he complaining because he’s a bit slower at it than everyone else?

No.

And what about this woman?

She has 50 orgasms a day. Try writing an email quickly when you can’t stop orgasming.

But is she complaining?

No. She’s getting on with her life.

Where there’s a will there’s a way

It’s as simple as that.

Don’t like your English? Think things are ‘unfair’?

Stop trying to change the world, and start changing yourself.

Start here

About the author: Julian Northbrook is an unconventional punk of the business English learning world. A leading expert in English education and direct response marketing, he’s fully equipped to drag you kicking and screaming from English-mediocracy to speaking at an outstanding level. After being turned down for his dream job in the art industry, Julian suffered three long years as a crap Japanese speaker. He understands exactly what it’s like to feel like a total idiot every time you speak. But Julian overcame his language problems, mastered the language, and went on to work first as a freelance translator, then as an executive member of a Japanese company. But he soon grew sick of the corporate world and left it to pursue something infinitely more satisfying — running his own business helping small business owners and entrepreneurs get so good at English that they forget that it’s not their first language. He writes the infamous Doing English Daily Newsletter which you can (and should) subscribe to.