How Did the #Add1Challenge Start?
Hi, I’m Brian (the crazy guy on the left). I speak Mandarin, Cantonese, and English, and some Japanese.
When I was doing a 3-month German Challenge, I started posting my progress updates on Benny Lewis’ Fluent in 3 months forum.
And there was this guy name Baron Jon who started to learn Mandarin around the same time.
Every time I didn’t feel like learning, got frustrated or wanted to quit, I would read his updates and see his progress.
And even though he was half way around the world, I get inspired and energized every time just because I know someone was going through the same thing as I am, sharing the same struggles and having our small wins.
So after I completed my German challenge of my 15 min conversation with my ex father in law on video, I sent Baron Jon a message, thanking him for posting his updates, inspiring me and supporting me to finish my Challenge.
He wrote me write back and said, “Brian, what are you talking about? I was reading your updates and you were inspiring me with your updates! Every time I wanted to quit I read your updates and I get inspired again.”
This is when I thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we all motivated and support each other and together as a community all strive for the same goal of holding a 15 minutes conversation in 90 days together?”
And that was how the Add1Challenge got started.