"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." - A. Einstein
When I was 16 years old, I read Einstein's biography by Walter Isaacson. It was in this book that I learn about Albert's incredible ideas and complicated mathematical formulas. But, I also learned his hidden struggles, his insecurities and all the rejections he had to face before becoming a world icon.
My name is Joshua Bonet and this is my story.
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." - G. Bernard
Many people have called me "genius", "lucky", "gifted" "talented" and "smart", but I feel that those words do not accurately describe me.
When I was 12 years old, 996 kids around the island of Puerto Rico, had to take a three hour entrance exam to apply to the most prestigious and toughest high school in the entire island: University High School, San Juan, PR. Out of the 996, only 60 were chosen.
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." - Lao Tzu
I was one of the 60 chosen, unfortunately not because I was a math prodigy, but simply because similar to many pressures in society, I was trapped in a corrupt system. The previous middle school I attended was giving the exam and needed some exposure, so the teachers were helping the students with the questions on the test, violating the ethics of the exam. That way, they could advertise that their school was providing amazing test results. I took someone's spot not because I deserved it, but because I cheated the system.
"I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me." - Woody Allen
So once I began my first semester at U.H.S., I was surrounded into a pool of the smartest kids around the island. Most of my classmates, were children of college professors, lawyers, doctors and engineers. But me, I was just a child of a divorce mother with 3 kids and barely having money for school supplies. I immediately felt out of place.
"What I lack in talent, I compensate with my willingness to grind it out. That's the secret of my life." - Guy Kawasaki
On my first year, I finish the semester with F's in each of my classes. Yes, I had failed every single class, including Pre-Algebra. I had no idea how to write an essay, give an oral presentation or create a research project. I was what society labels as a failure and a slow learner. I remember holding my report cards with embarrassment and crying to my mother how much I hated school and how I wanted to quit. But my mother, being the strong woman she is, hugged me and asked me one question. "Joshua, what is your biggest strength?"
"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle." - Abraham Lincoln
Since six years old, I remember working hard and hustling for money, food and toys. I was obsessed with Lego® and so I would work every day after school to get enough money to buy them. I would wash cars, mow lawns, paint houses, scrub bathrooms, clean houses, anything that would make a profit. I would even sell my mother's work samples to teachers and students. My strength, was my will to work.
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." - Pele
After that year, I told myself that I would no longer feel sorry for myself and let my environment intimidate me anymore. Hence, day and night I worked on myself to become a better student. After years of struggling and overcoming hardships, on June 14, 2006, I graduated high school with honors and the math medal.
"The essence of mathematics lies in its freedom." - Georg Cantor
I decided to study mathematics not because I was particularly good at it, but because I wanted to conquer my fear of it. I knew very closely how difficult the subject was, but was always intrigued with the satisfaction of solving problems and it's addictive effect it has on the mind. How it can transform my brain in getting sharper and stronger as if you were literally training it. I am not a prodigy, what I know is because I work hard to learn it.
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein
My passion for teaching comes from my inner drive to help others. I want to give others the confidence that comes from working hard and struggling for what you want to achieve. I want to be a model for kids that have a feeling of hopelessness or self defeat.
"The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege."- Charles Kuralt
I am father of four amazing kids, Jade, Lane, Isabel and Eva, that I love and cherish each day. I keep learning from their innocence and curiosity of the beauties of life. But as a father and a mentor, I understand that in order for them to have a great life, they need to be surrounded by a great environment. Therefore I have decided to make it my mission to provide a better world for them to live in. I grind every day because I want to leave a legacy to my children. By giving more of my time and energy in teaching as many kids as I can, I know I am getting closer to that goal.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to."- W.C. Fields
I chose the word "motivao" for my tutoring business because it captures what I believe to be my life's story in one word. It's a Puerto Rican slang for the spanish word "motivado" which means, "a person who is motivated".
"People need to know that they have all the tools within themselves. Self-awareness, which means awareness of their body, awareness of their mental space, awareness of their relationships - not only with each other, but with life and the ecosystem." - Deepak Chopra
Now, how can Motivao exactly help you or your child?
Building Your Child's Math Skills
The first step that we must ensure is to develop your child's mathematical foundation. I will help identify what concepts he and/or she lacks in order to build a stronger foundation where your son and/or daughter can proceed from in order to achieve their goals.
Building Your Child's Confidence
The second step is to build your child's confidence in themselves in order to create the correct mindset. With a positive attitude and the power of encouragement, combined with clear and continuous improvement, I will provide confidence in your child's abilities that they can continue on their journeys by themselves.
Building Your Child's Grades
Even if it seems that this might be the first step, without the proper foundation and the strong confidence, grades will not improve. Therefore I assure to you that you will see the difference on your child's attitude immediately toward mathematics and learning in general. That is my commitment to you.
"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."- Vince Lombardi
Mom and Dad, I know too well how hard it is to help your child in math. Having to sit down after a hard days work and have to transform the little energy left to remember how to solve a linear inequality or solving a word problem. It's hard and sometimes inefficient. But luckily there is people like me, that have the patience, skills and mind set to sit down for an hour and help your son or daughter get the grade they want and eventually deserve. Let me help you give your child the opportunity to love math again.
What subjects or classes can I help your child with?
Some of the courses that I cover are:
K12, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3, Discrete Math, Probability & Statistics, and more.
Some of the entry exams that I cover are:
ACT*, SAT*, SAT Subject Math Test 1, SAT Subject Math Test 2, GRE* , PSAT*, Praxis*, ASVAB*, GMAT*, and more.
* Only the math portions of each test.
The first trial session is just $45.
If you feel that this might be the perfect fit for you or your child, please contact me at 407-738-6196. I am usually working so feel free to leave a voicemail or text message with your name so I can call you back. If you have an area code from outside Las Vegas, make sure you leave a message because sometimes I would ignore them since they are usually sales people. Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon.
Joshua Bonet was born in Orlando, Florida but when he was two years old, his parents moved to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. On 2006, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus with a bachelor's degree in Pure Mathematics. On 2012, he graduated from the University of South Dakota with a master's degree in Applied Mathematics with a 3.98 GPA. He has worked as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Southern Nevada and as a H.S. Math Teacher at Faith Lutheran High School. He is currently a H.S. Math Teacher at Equipo Academy, East Las Vegas.