After my recent surgery in the U.S., on the very day my lungs were confirmed clear of infection and thus, I could be discharged, I received an e-mail invitation to give a talk at the Multimedia University in Malacca two months in advance.
Hence, last Saturday on 9th July 2013, I made an overnight trip to the state of Malacca to give a 1.5 hour talk before 140 students at the annual World Vision Famine Camp organized by the Love Life Club. This was my second time being invited as speaker of this event. The first was three years ago in 2010.
The title of my talk at MMU this time was Be The Change. I encouraged students to believe in their childhood ambitions, to do well in everything they do in order to make a difference, to know that you can make a difference where you are. The general idea is that you can be ordinary yet extraordinary. In all of history, people who have done great things that impacted the world most did not intend to make history. They simply did what they could with focus and dedication, to the best of their ability.
And I used my own life story as an example. What I did was so ordinary. Just selling t-shirts. But this simple campaign has touched thousands of people worldwide.
My early life struggles were also mentioned during the Question & Answer session, plus the reasons why I must raise funds to obtain medical treatments in America. Giving up was not an option to me. It’s either America or my parents will be devastated. I suppose this aspect of the story had touched the students most, because some guys in the front row were moved to tears.
The result of this talk surpassed my expectations. It turned out much better than the last time I was here. I guess I must have improved a lot as a person and as a motivational speaker. In 2010, I had only started to call myself as motivational speaker despite having done it for a few years prior. Now in 2013, I am confidently a motivational speaker. It’s what I do. It’s my job and my role. My gift to humanity. My calling.
I received rounds of applause, a standing salutation, some even stopped me on my way out for my autograph and a photo together.
I will miss you guys at MMU and I hope to see you again in the future. Next time, I shall come as Director of A Celebration of Life foundation.