Public Speaking at the Hong Kong Literary Festival 2024

Public Speaking at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival

On March 9th, I was invited to host a session at the event to introduce my new book, The Flight Home.

The Hong Kong Literary Festival took place between March 3rd and 10th and gathered authors from overseas as well as local talent.

During my session, I talked about the motivation behind my book and the key messages that I wanted to reader to take away from it:

Positivity: I talked about the power of positivity and finding the win in every situation. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” It’s up to you to decide what you want that 90% to look like.

Connecting the dots: you can only connect the dots by looking backward. We are always sprinting in the hamster wheel, rushing to make the next decision, land the next job, and achieve the next big thing.

But sometimes, we need to press pause, take a moment of silence, and look back at our footprints to understand where we come from, find the invisible links connecting our experiences and our steps, and understand who we are and what matters to us.

Writing your story: life is a white canvas, and it’s up to you to fill it and turn it into your masterpiece, your legacy. You don’t need permission from anyone to write your story on your terms. Put your hand up, grab the mic, use your brushes, and create your legacy, one stroke at a time.

The talk ended with questions from the audience, and it felt like a casual chat with friends.

After the session, I did a brief book signing and took pictures with some of the attendees.

The event was photographed by George Papadopoulos and the pop up bookstore was organized by Bookazine.

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