Author gives motivational talk on chasing dreams
KUCHING: ‘ Diary of a Rich Kid’ author Malcolm Mejin turned his experience into inspiration, through his talks here recently.
He encouraged attendees to pursue their passion at his talk ‘Sharing Your Passion: Chasing Your Dreams’ at the Museum Shop & Cafe at The Main Bazaar.
“Sometimes, it’s not about chasing your dream,” Malcolm said.
“It is your dream chasing you. You just have to be attentive enough to listen to those life’s whispers. Sometimes, we ignore these whispers and we end up suffering because we are chasing dreams that do not belong to us.”
Malcolm also shared about doing things that trigger ‘your spark’.
“The spark is something that even you don’t sometimes realize you have. Once I was in a meeting, my previous boss used to tell me that the minute he mentioned ‘writing’, he saw the immediate spark in my eyes. Even I couldn’t tell it. So sometimes, the spark is just deep within you, and you have to dig deeper.”
Malcolm joked that once he was walking past a Louis Vuitton flagship store, his friend commented that he saw the spark in Malcolm’s eyes.
“We had been walking in the shopping district the whole day. And when we passed the Louis Vuitton store, he said I immediately lit up. I didn’t even realize that. Sometimes, we have to go beyond that to know what really gives us our juice.”
After the talk, Malcolm mingled with the attendees, who shared their stories and passion. Every individual had different passions, from archeology to medical.
“Hearing their stories really resonated with me in some ways. Everyone has different passions. For me, I’ve always known that it was writing.”
Malcolm also gave a motivational talk to a group of student athletes at SMK Tabuan Jaya, a state sports school. The talk entitled “The Power of Being You”, aims to inspire students to draw the power of just being themselves.
“You are the most powerful version of yourself when you just become yourself, and not pretending to be somebody else,” Malcolm said who also shared his high school experiences with the students.
“It was all about fitting in. If you didn’t do what the popular kids did, then you’d feel like you didn’t belong. It was all about peer pressure.”
Malcolm encouraged the students to be themselves, and not look at their flaws.
“All of you are special and unique in your own way. So don’t ever change that for anyone.”
Malcolm also talked about failure, something that he had experienced in the past countless of times.
“Failure is a way to bring you to another different direction. Failures are life’s lessons that can move you to greatness or success.”
Malcolm shared about a painful tragedy that struck him four years ago, when he heard the news that his uncle was on board flight MH370, the plane that was never recovered until this day.
“I couldn’t believe the news. Before I heard the news, I recalled that I was in my grumpy state, complaining about something. The tragedy changed my life. I learned to be grateful for every breath that I breathe. So I’m asking the students to fulfill their highest potential and be grateful for whatever you have, even the simplest things. Being grateful helps to bring more blessings into your life.”
Malcolm added that students should use their time during high school to figure out what they’re supposed to do in life.
“That’s what schools, colleges or universities are for. If you can quickly figure out what you’re meant to do and achieve in life, just do it. Follow your instincts.”
Malcolm talked about his book ‘Diary of a Rich Kid’, which revolves around a group of rich kids who live lavish lifestyles and go on the wildest adventures beyond imagination.
“If you’re feeling stressed, you can read it. It’s filled with comedy, suspense and adventure. It’s a feel-good novel.”
Diary of a Rich Kid is now available at major bookstores across Malaysia.
Gerawat (third right) witnesses his wife Datin Esther Mujan Balan (second right) presenting a certificate to a programme participant as (from right) Catherine, Dennis and councillor Simpson Njok look on.