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.

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