Let me tell you a story:
“What’s your ambition?” My primary school teacher asked the class one day.
“I want to travel around the world.” I answered innocently when it was my turn to speak.
My teacher laughed condescendingly then with a patronizing tone spoke to me loud enough for the whole class to hear: “That’s not an ambition. You should aim to be a doctor, a lawyer, an architect or an engineer. Something that’s useful to society and something that will make your family proud.
That’s exactly how most dreams and passions are squashed in a young age before they could take root and flower. More so in Asian societies where you are expected to contribute to your family and society. Family expectations play an importantly role in decision-making. This unseen baggage has extinguished many dreams, deprived the world of talented and gifted people in less mainstream vocations.
More than ten years ago I read a book called The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and the message I got out of it was “when you follow your destiny, the universe conspires to help you.”
That’s when I decided to quit everything and started my wandering life. Because traveling is my passion and ambition. And I believed that it was my destiny. Ten years on, I’ve been to over 50 countries, lived in 7 of them and have had amazing experiences.
Why I’m telling you this? Because I don’t want you to let anyone stop you from following your dream and do things that you are passionate about.
I got my inspiration and courage from a message in a book. And if you are looking for yours, there’s no better place than the AWE Conference (Asian Women Empowerment). You don’t have to be a woman to attend. Sixteen incredible individuals (I’m one of them!) will be sharing with you about how they follow their dreams and passion. Need some inspiration in your life? This is it!
Don’t miss you!
Hope to you there,