One of the most memorable talks I've heard was by Rick Warren, a Christian pastor, best selling author and TED TALK speaker. In his TED talk, he posed the following questions: "What's in your hand?", "What are you going to do with what is given to you?" What you hold in your hands is a symbol of your identity, your job and status. For example, a NBA player has a basketball in his hand and it represents his identity, income level and influence in the society.
After graduating from college, I plunged into the corporate world. I worked most of my waking hours until kids entered my life. I never really got the chance to wonder because I was that good kid who was schooled to aim for good grades, attend the best college and graduate with a job that can pay the bills. I was the typical Asian kid that parents praised, at the cost of exploring and discovering who I am. Hence, it was almost impossible to answer the questions that Rick Warren posed because deep down, my many years of career in Marketing really didn't define me.
The past twelve months felt like I was catching up on myself. I finally realized that without a grounded belief of how I see myself in this world, which has to come from the inside, I end up banging heads on things that wouldn't last. If I were to answer the questions today, I can finally tell you that what I have in my hands are deeper understanding of how society shapes us and what many of us lost in the process. The seven years of struggle to uncover my unfiltered identity has inspired me to help others to tune in to the silent 95%, to reclaim your authentic self.