When people learn that I operate a Pay What You Can system at Britlish, they either think that I am completely mad or am simply not interested in making money.
The second part is definitely true while the first part is open to debate.
Perhaps I should explain my philosophy of life to explain my reasons?
In 2003, after almost 30 years of asking the world what it could give me, I changed my world view radically and decided to ask myself what I could give the world.
I have everything I want in life: my health, a wonderful soulmate, a vocation I love, an affordable place to live, a bicycle for transport, and the Internet. My outgoings are lower than my income and I can afford to eat healthily.
Simply put, I have everything in life that anyone could possibly want or need, and I consider myself to be more fortunate than most. Yet I have little in the way of material wealth.
I’m Already Happy!
I don’t want to win the lottery. I already did that when I met my wife shortly after I arrived in Spain in 2003, penniless and carrying only a backpack of clothes and an old laptop.
I cannot see how more money, a bigger house, or more possessions would make me any happier than I am as I write this.
After all, who says that only money can bring happiness. In my experience over the past 60 years, I have found that happiness comes from within and from wanting what you have.
I no longer believe in the myth that I was conditioned to believe; that money, wealth, and material possessions are the main source of happiness and contentment.
What Drives Me
My true happiness comes from my vocation and my vocation is teaching English. The privilege of helping students around the world improve their English skills is more satisfying than any amount of money.
Students all over the world write to me an express their gratitude for my YouTube video English lessons and for the lessons in the Britlish Library. The knowledge that my efforts are helping others spurs me on to keep making the lessons.
I also know that a Euro does not have the same value for all students who use the Britlish Library, yet I want to help students around the world.
I don’t know what a student in Nepal might consider a lot of money, nor do I know what a student in Norway might consider a lot of money. I do know, however, that the student in Nepal will value their Euro equivalent far more than the student in Norway will.
I decided to trust in people’s honesty and allow them to decide how much they feel a year of English classes in the Britlish Library is worth to them. That’s why I settled on the Pay What You Can system.
Interestingly, most students pay more than the minimum I charge to cover the data storage and delivery costs for the year. Most students pay far more.
The support of more generous students also allows me to offer this Pay What You Can pricing which benefits less fortunate students.
Provided I make enough money to cover the costs involved in hosting and delivering the lessons, I’m happy to continue to make the lessons even if I don’t make a profit.
I have what I want in life, and what I want is to be able to help as many students as possible to improve their lives through the language that I was fortunate enough to be given as my birth-right.
And that, in short, is why I’m not completely mad just simply not driven to make money that I don’t really need.
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