EMBARRASSING STORY OF ME ALMOST GETTING FIRED FROM A KIDS CAMP ...
It's a little embarrassing but the first time I worked with kids back in June 2008, I was so bad as a team leader the lady-in-charge Anne wanted to "release" me on Day 3. I had just left the army and was doing everything wrong. Literally everything.
Let that sink in for a moment: I was about to get fired from a motivational kids program. How crazy!
I kept going at it though and I suspected they only kept asking me back because they were short on staff.
So I went back in 2009, 2010, 2011 ... year after year.
Eventually I got better. Less sucky, actually somewhat proficient.
I became a facilitator.
Then one day, a colleague came up to me and said - "Melvin, look at you on stage. You are a natural. I can't do what you do."
I almost choked on my food.
Today, I teach and share because I want folks to know that I was anything but a natural when I first started.
But if you don't give up, and keep going at it ... then eventually you will (like all things) get really really good.
P.S. Thanks Leila for being there for me ... Pst Yi Lun for organising this for me ... Jasmine for helping with logistics and Michael for the pics :)