Au­thor gives mo­ti­va­tional talk on chas­ing dreams

The Borneo Post - - HOME - Novem­ber 11, 2018

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.

MAL­COLM ME­JIN

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