Do you dare to dream big?

Do you dare to dream big?

| May 1, 2015

Are you up to the challenge of achieving your dreams or will you continue to merely be a product of your past?


When I was a kid, I wanted to be a teacher. At school, I decided to become an air stewardess. As a teen who enjoyed dressing up, I thought modelling would be fun. Upon finishing high school, I decided to be an accountant.

But I never got to be any of those.

Life is indeed full of surprises. It gives birth to so many dreams and desires which evolve into completely different things.

I remember when I met Michael McCarthy some four years ago. Michael is the writer and producer of many popular shows in the United States such as Sesame Street, The Drew Carey Show and Whose Line Is It Anyway?

He had so many stories and pieces of advice to share with us, a small group of Malaysian writers who were fortunate enough to meet him.

At that time, I had already been writing in the local entertainment industry for many years. I was feeling drained and lethargic because of my job.

I have to admit feeling a little envy listening to Michael’s stories of success. I thought given the right opportunity, I too could have been as good and as successful.

So I asked him a very cynical question.

“Michael, do you think you would be as successful as you are today if you were not an American? Let’s assume you were born in Kuala Lumpur — do you think you would still be a famous Hollywood writer and producer?”

Michael looked right at me with a blank face and said, “Stop giving yourself excuses, Fa. Stop being a cry-baby. If you have what it takes, you will make it.

“It doesn’t matter if you are located in Kuala Lumpur or Hanoi or Manila or Hollywood. If you want something bad enough, put some effort into it.”

As embarrassing as it was to be told off by a celebrity writer, it did knock some sense into me. I was too comfortable doing what I was doing and although I wanted more satisfaction out of my job, I did not put any effort into it.

Many of us fall into the same trap.

Day after day of going through the same routine makes us robotic. We start convincing ourselves that we are a product of our past and so we continue living our lives based on our circumstances.

Once in a while when an old dream or desire kicks in, we give excuses by planting negative thoughts in our minds.

“I can’t do that.”

“It’s too hard.”

“I have no time.”

“That doesn’t fit into my schedule.”

Why are we happy with the way we are when we can be better?

This is not an issue of greed but a matter of self-development. Don’t we owe it to ourselves to take up the challenge of being better people, better parents, better children, better spouses, better employees, better members of society and better leaders?

We are all born equal. It is what we do during our lifetime which determines our value.

So why do we feel content with what we have? Why not push ourselves and dare to dream big?

There are so many channels out there to help — night classes, loans, self-help books and a variety of websites to explore the world of knowledge.

There is so much potential in every one of us.

If only we put in the effort, imagine how amazing we could be.

This is how a teacher becomes a principal, a factory worker becomes a supervisor and a waiter becomes a restaurant owner.

Two years after Michael kicked some sense into me, I won my first award in the Science Film Festival, beating 128 shows from 56 other countries. A year later, my show was nominated for the prestigious Japan Prize Award and last year I won the Festival Director’s Award for my involvement in the local theatre scene.

Trust me — putting effort and passion into what we do makes a world of difference.

Each of us has a choice moving forward — are we going to let the patterns of our past dictate our future?

Or are we going to challenge ourselves to dream big?

The decision is yours to make.

Happy Labour Day.

#MichaelMcCarthy    #SesameStreet    #TheDrewCareyShow   #WhoseLineIsItAnyway    #ScienceFilmFestival

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Robert Chaen

Global CEO-Founder of ChangeU and Movsha Movers & Shakers, Hero-CEO Whisperer, Writer, The #1 Alpha Change Expert, Father of Asian FireWalking Robert Chaen is an International Keynote Speaker, writer, researcher, and corp games designer. He is famously known to be the “Hero-CEO Whisperer”, 1-on1 coaching with many CEOs and Celebrities for corporate strategies, staff & office political issues, personal branding, and even public figure OSHA safety drilling called Drager Defense. He has transformed CEOs and managers in Coca-Cola China, TVB Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airport Services, VADS, TM, Public Bank, Auditor General's Office Maldives, etc. He is the prolific creator and online Author of innovative management tools such as DragonCEO, Diamond Leader, Papillon Personal Effectiveness, OSHA Drager Defense, KPI Bank, etc. He is also the Founder of Movsha, an international networking with monthly mingles with MOVers & SHAkers, Angels, Entrepreneurs, CEOs, Celebrities, HR-PR-CSR, HODs, and the Most Influential IDEA people. ​Chaen is widely considered as one of the top International Platform Keynote Speakers for Resorts World Genting Senior Management Conference (Manila), 7-Eleven HK, Samsung, Coca-Cola China Mini-MBA @Tsing Hua University, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Jockey Club, The Story Conference where he interviewed Datuk Kamarudin (Chairman of AirAsia) and Siti Nurhaliza. He has been widely featured in TVB, AWSJ, CNBC, SCMP, The Star, and Sin Chew. As “The Father of Asian FireWalking”, he coached TVB celebrities (Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin) to walk on 650°C fire; and raised HK$68M in the world’s 1st and only live TV Charity FireWalk (TVB Tung Wah Charity Show), before Tony Robbins even came to Asia. If Robert can get you to walk on 650⁰C fire, he can inspire you to be THE BEST. He champions CN-HK-EU-US Tycoons to be philanthropic, and to be angel investors to support the next generation of Jack Mas, Steve Jobs, Richard Bransons, Steven Spielbergs, or Barrack Obamas. With some slick motivational speakers with fake doctorates out there, graduates often describe Robert to be "the most credible, empowering, truthful Coach" who believe in his graduates to believe in themselves. ​However, clients have described Robert as "The #1 Cool Badass Alpha Change Expert". He has the coolest first class stature, rapport and trust from clients. He will not hesitate to tell the badass truth ever so gently because clients are paying him big bucks to reveal the truth, find solutions, persuade the hostile HODs, and align cross-teams within the organization. Originally based in Hong Kong for 20+ years, he had worked with top Branding/Ad agencies at J Walter Thompson and Leo Burnett, and was a certified FranklinCovey (7 Habits) in USA, and NLP MasterCoach (USA). His warmth is known to soften the most hardened, resistant sceptics. He will inspire your team to Go for Top 1, or to be a Dragon CEO. With boundless energies, Robert owns 15+ successful business Joint-Ventures, and created unique products under his global VC network called Chaen's Angels VC. He is deeply passionate about ChangeUTH Youth CSR, Science-Based Medicine (vs. quackery), short films and Reality TV. Touched by a personal tragedy through the loss of his HK-born Portuguese wife, co-coach and business partner, Brenda José of 18 years, Robert explores the many ways in which the spirit world is communicating with the living with real scientific studies and evidence. He gives inspiring conferences on The Secret Afterlife.

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