Friday, August 24, 2012

Be A Satellite Star, like these inspiring young individuals.


verb \in-ˈspī(-ə)r\

a: to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration   

b: to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on
c: to spur on : impel, motivate  
d: affect
(Definition by Merriam-Webster dictionary)

Who inspires you? It could be a family member, a schoolmate, a friend or even a stranger. Most of the time, after learning about their life stories, you leave with the thought : Wow, I wish I was half as brave/driven/hardworking as him. 

"Why am I different from others?"
"Why… do you have to be like others?"

I recently shared this touching video on Gushcloud. Thai ads have always been my favorite, and this one has successfully proved how – as cliche as it might sound – nothing is impossible. No obstacles too tough, no oceans too big. It inspires me to push myself to the limits in everything I do and not to give up even if I get struck down.  

Awhile ago, I introduced 3 of Toshiba's Satellite Stars who have served as such an inspiration to me due to their commendable determination, just like the handicapped girl in the Pantene advertisement above.
Here are their stories. Watch and be inspired:)

- Nattapohn Wongsuay, from Chiang Mai, an artist who takes photos of people - specifically those who work odd jobs, draws them out at home and gifts it to them. He feels a sense of contentment when he sees how these hand drawn portraits can touch the lives of the less fortunate and make them smile. 

- Adina Bachtiar, from Indonesia, an ordinary teenager who picked up a rare, traditional Sundanese dance after being inspired by her great-grandfather's photos of the dance. She wanted to revive the tradition by showcasing it to the world, but no dance studios agreed to give her a stage to perform. She then decided to perform on the streets. Now, she teaches the dance to younger generations in the hopes of passing on the tradition.

- Tay Kexin, from Singapore, a former brand executive at Singtel who quit her stable job to take up singing as a career. No, she didn't quit cause she hated her job. She quit because she felt that she wanted something else in life - music. Highly driven by her passion for singing, she decided to release her own EP, joined a band (Odd.inary) and Co-founded a music events company called Sparkle LiveMusic. 

I am highly impressed by this bold move made by Kexin and inspired by her story. Imagine having to draw an indefinite income during the period she pursues her passion to record her EP?! Moreover, she holds a NUS Bachelor of Social Science degree in Psycology, a field completely different from her current musical career. Her story is relatable because I've always wanted to be my own boss and open a cafe, but am not yet brave enough to face the sacrifices I have to make. 

Do you, or someone you know, have an inspirational story to share as well? Register here to become the next Satellite Star. If selected, your story will be produced into a short clip to be shared with the world. Then you'll know what your life would look like made into a movie ;)

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