On July 30, 2012, I had the honor to be invited as a guest speaker in a talk show live around 1 o’clock on Cambodian Television Network (CTN), apparently the leading TV channel in Cambodia. The whole 2-hour show was a daily news report, yet my part was around 20 minutes. I had to comment on the current situation of Cambodian youths, university major selection and Cambodian youths’ soon-to-be role in ASEAN community.
Obviously, 20 minutes was quite short especially for something good. Yet, I treasured it much because of the fact that I was able to bring SMILES to my parents, family members, friends, Facebook friends and basically almost all people who have known me. It was even more interesting for me to see many comments and likes on photos tagged to me on Facebook.
Personally, I thank everyone who has shown their enthusiasm and connection in my activity. Some people called it a moment of fame for me, yet I prefer to call it another stepping stone leading to my goal, which is to inspire Cambodian people to value education and positive thinking.
Actually, this blog post is not intended to be about the talk show. Instead, I want to tell people the power of 4-year hard work.
A lot of people don’t know that I used to work for CTN in 2008. In February 2008, I worked at CTN for around a month as a translator. At the time, I was just a student who looked for any job for experience and some pocket money. So, I was qualified enough for the position as the translator there. To be exact, I translated articles for entertainment news for MyTV Channel, a sister channel of CTN.
Then, I always looked at speakers and stars who were able to get on the stage and perform either by talking or acting. Deep down inside my heart, I really wanted to be like them. I thought I would one day become a famous person or a star as well. After around a month of working there, I changed my job. But, I did not change my mind of becoming famous. I walked out of CTN never wanting to be back as a staff, but always aiming to come back as a speaker.
On July 30, 2012, I realized my dream. Honestly I feel proud of this achievement. But, the pride is not because I become famous or anything. It is a pride of dream realization. While I was walking in CTN campus, I felt so proud and kept smiling because hard work finally pays off.
Now, if you have any dream that you have set but never achieved, I strongly encourage you to never give it up. Work harder. Soon, hard work will pay off and you will reap what you sow.