Inspiring others single-handedly
> For this motivational speaker, disability is not a hindrance
PETALING JAYA: Born with a deformed right hand, MyHero Award 2.0 winner Ong Boo Siong took his condition as a challenge to not only be independent but to inspire others around him.
For Ong, disability does not mean reliance on others. Instead, the motivational speaker took advantage of his situation to spread positivity with an aim to make the country a better place.
People from all walks of life who hear his talk are awestruck by the way he motivates them to lead a better life.
Ong usually combines his own experiences and knowledge from growing up in the tough world to promote positivity.
“Life is meant to be lived with a positive and optimistic view in facing everyday challenges,” he said, adding one must make the best of his/her life every day.
To date, Ong has visited more than 1,000 schools to deliver his motivational talk, and has inspired thousands of students to believe in their own capabilities.
“We do not have the ability to choose our condition when we are born, but we can control our
destiny as long as we keep our positivity.” Ong, who faced low selfesteem due to his disability, later learned to accept it and be grateful.
“To change the environment, we must first change ourselves, and to change ourselves, we must change our thoughts,” he said.
Ong always challenges his limits by participating in sports, such as swimming and cycling, to prove that being disabled is not a hindrance.
“I was born with a disability but this inherent condition will serve as a motivation for me to do better.”
To Ong, his right hand is not a sign of disability but rather a symbol of victory in climbing through the struggles of life.
Ong, who was born with a deformed hand, plays the guitar.