It’s been a while, yet it seems like just a few days ago when I went up the stage to receive my Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2012 thanks to Prestige Malaysia. I didn’t expect it to come my way at all, preferring to focus on making sure my idealisms and goals were achieved together with my “rakan seperjuangan”, the people at @EYEProjectMY and @Socialgrooves, as well as other non-profit organisations that I am part of. And the next thing you know… there I was, being recognized for my work for the past 5 years!
To you guys out there, those who are memang looked up to, seen as leaders and spearheaders of your own business, initiatives and projects, this may seem nothing to you among your many awards and achievements. But for me, an ordinary gamer, blogger, anime lover, lazy bum who doesn’t know a lot of things in life and business, preferring to dedicate my life and love through volunteerism; this is something really exceptional to me. A testimony that something I’m doing must be right, despite what others may have said to me. A believe in one self, support from those who have been by my side, mentors from all divide, these were key to my attaining a prestigious award such as this.
Check out this link to see who else was part of the Prestige Top 40 Under 40 in 2012
Hope you can spend some time reading up on the article written about me above, which was in one of the older editions of Prestige Malaysia. Click on it to enlarge. Use it as an inspiration for all you people out there who THINK you’re ordinary, where people SAID you were ordinary and always will be. Well ignore all of them, and do what you think is the best for your life under some guidance from who you call your mentors!
Some people have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to do, when all they need is one reason why then can. – Willis R. Whitney, American Chemist
All I’m saying in this blogpost, is that Passion Does Pay. The only reason why it has not done so thus far, is because no one bothered to fix things for the future generation to come, focusing only on their own success. Now let’s all get together and pave the path of the future so that others younger than you will be able to push further – provide platforms that have not existed before your time – and I tell you, the benefits will be abundant, priceless!
Is there a motive to all this that I do? Are you really that good of a Samaritan, to help others while taking the risk for yourself?
YES! Yes, there is a motive, and I’m not ashamed to admit it, because I’m no Samaritan, I shisha and drink when I want to, and I don’t admit to be a perfect angel. What is it you ask?
I dream of a world where leaders of the industry, in business, in politics, are all friends of mine, placed there thanks to efforts that I and my friends have gone through. Where they are best fit for their roles in their respective worlds, pushing the boundaries and setting new standards to achieve was was impossible before. When that happens, I would have lived a great life, because everyone would be taking care of me, my family and loved ones. – Chris Tock
Now how’s that for a dream and passion combined?
ABOUT TOP 40 UNDER 40
PRESTIGE’s TOP 40 UNDER 40 unveils the country’s young breed of movers and shakers. For these 40 individuals, age is just a number that brings no hindrance to achieving great success. Every year, PRESTIGE searches for 40 young men and women who are leaders in their fields and have proven that all it takes to scale new heights is a bold and brave approach to life and its challenges. These individuals are introduced to PRESTIGE readers who then cast their votes as to who most deserves to emerge the winner in their industry category and ultimately, be named the Most Promising Individual.