I was among the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative 2014’s 103 delegates, as well as the 400 participants of the Town Hall Meeting with President Obama. The overall remarks from him were empowering and relevant to me on many different levels and like a fellow delegate from the Philippines put it, it was really interesting to see him wear multiple hats – hats of a father, of a husband, of a once-a-young-person, and of today’s leader. I am going to share what in particular I found relevant, which I, as well as you all, can digest for personal application.
Dream to make impact, rather than to make money or to earn a title, because dreams that involve impacts on others can really take off. Continue reading Something Very Practical I Learnt from Obama’s Remarks at YSEALI Town Hall
“What’s so amazing that these young individuals did to get them sitting at the front row in the Town Hall Meeting of President Obama during his historical visit to Malaysia and a few countries in Asia?” a lot of Cambodians all around the world must be asking as they scrolled through their social media newsfeed and many different media. I even managed to get and posted on facebook as my profile picture a selfie with Mr. President standing so close and talking in the background and got more than 400 likes (which is and might forever be my most liked picture). And this earned me a few questions; what did I do to get this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? Of course, those selected to join this prestigious occasion are among the very few, out of tens of thousands of other youths that longed as much, or even more, to be part of this event. I do believe our leadership quality, achievements and social contribution so far played a big part in earning each of one of us this once-in-a-million opportunity, but of course, it’s sane to admit we are not the best youth leaders there are of Cambodia, of our own respective countries. Let me be frank about this and, I believe, it was luck more than anything else!
Continue reading A Selfie and a Handshake with Obama: I Think It was Luck More than Anything