Simon Alexander Ong on Energizing His Readers
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Simon Alexander Ong is an award-winning coach and motivational speaker, he has been interviewed on Sky News, BBC and Forbes. In 2018, Barclays UK featured him in a nationwide campaign asking him questions on how families could embrace better lifestyle habits. His insights have seen him featured in HuffPost, Forbes, Virgin and the Guardian. Simon regularly speaks at organisations and keynote public events and conferences. Some of these have included The Peter Jones Foundation, The World Business & Executive Coach Summit 2020 and the LSE as well as Virgin, Salesforce and Microsoft.
Everything that Simon does is built to energise people to see their world differently and to awaken their imagination of what is truly possible so that they can live a better story.
Q: What led you to writing Energize and can you tell us a little more about the focus of the book?
It was a very surreal time to be giving birth, but when I held our daughter in my arms, I was reminded of a fact that we forget too quickly - the fact that being born into this world is a miracle event. We know of parents who have struggled to have children and parents who have lost children before they were even born. I came across a statistic that said the probability of us being born is over one in 400 trillion. I feel it is probably a lot more when you take everything into account - the odds of your parents meeting, the odds of your parents being able to have children, the odds of your parents deciding to have children, the odds of your great grandparents and beyond surviving multiple world wars and global pandemics, and so on. We have already won the greatest lottery that there is going - the lottery of life. And the question that arises whenever I am reminded of this energizing thought, is this: what are you going to do with that winning ticket of yours?
Q: What are the three key takeaways that you want people to take from the book?
(3) Energy is your most precious asset. You may have time on your hands, but if you don't have any energy whatsoever, that time will be easily wasted. However, when you're feeling supercharged, you're able to accomplish a lot more, even when time is working against you. It's therefore important to understand how to awaken, manage, nurture and protect our energy such that we are operating at a level that is aligned to where and who we want to be. You know that saying that goes 'Energy introduces you before you even speak?' It's true because while energy is a language that contains no words, it can be felt by others. It's why we are drawn to some people more than others. Energy really is everything and is the fuel that drives our success and gives us the power to fulfil our potential.
Brianna is one of my favourite writers and someone who I have followed for many years. She has such a beautiful and poetic way of describing life lessons and experiences that every time I read her social media posts or books, I feel like she is having a deep conversation with my soul.
A: My book, Energize, can be pre-ordered ahead of its April 2022 launch from Waterstones, Foyles and here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Energize-Find-Spark-Achieve-Better/dp/0241502756
Enjoy our Q&A, and don't forget to check out Simon's book, Energize, and pre-order it here. It's out on 21 April 2022.
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