Sometimes it's important to stop and think. We need time to look back on the reasons we do things, perhaps to make sure we're still moving in the right direction.
The coming month is going to be REALLY special for Fluent Language Tuition. First of all, I'm going full-time with this venture. I will be able to dedicate my time to language teaching and blogging, and to anything I find worthwhile. One thing is certain: This isn't going to be cheap and nice and secure, and no one can guarantee me any kind of success.
But I will also be celebrating the first anniversary of Fluent Language Tuition. How's that for a bright and positive note. With being voted into the bab.la Top 25 and all round supported by reader comments and colleagues from Fair Languages, this has been a year of growth and impact.
What inspires Fluent Language?
With those special occasions in mind, it's time to check my path and make sure I'm going in the right direction. And today I want to focus on the blog. Do you know the quote "be the change that you want to see in the world"? It is accredited to Mahatma Ghandi, and I was reminded of it today when listening to the Quit podcast.
Being the change, that means having the courage to ignore what other people say. You already know it won't be easy, I bet that is why you are interested. When I wrote my first blog post here on the blog, it was about how my lessons will not shy away from grammar. Shortly after, I turned to tackling myths about language learning. These were not topics I had to look up on a "how to blog" advice site, they were things I strongly believed in.
This blog is my soapbox
I have seen people wither at the thought of starting a new language so often, I've heard every excuse under the sun and it brings me down to think how many people miss out. In effect, all these impressions could make me feel like I'm trying to conjure up a market out of nowhere (business FAIL). But at the same time, I believed that I'm not the only person who is passionate about communication, language and people.
This is where I want to change things. If it is not too much of a mission statement, I want to change the world a little. I want to challenge every person who think that they can't learn a language.
YOU are making a difference by reading this
Now, with all that in mind, I cannot THANK YOU GUYS enough for reading my posts. I write them because I believe in this, but you read them! It's what makes my venture less scary, and what makes me feel we're going to get this thing right.
There are many ways in which you can engage with me, with the blog and with the world of language learning. Of course, hiring me is one of them, but on this blog I want to encourage you to make your language learning the best it can be - no method is the miracle, all of them have benefits, and ultimately your journey is you being the change you want to see in the world.
Thanks, Mr Gandhi.