Aiman Azlan

Motivator

Vlogger

Author

Freelancer

I'm Aiman Azlan,
Motivator, Vlogger, and Author
from Perlis, Malaysia.

I have rich experience in youth engagement, both online and offline. I am passionate about social issues involving the local youth community. In 2015, I founded Aiman Azlan Academy to empower the youth with sustainable self-confidence through effective communication skill.

What I Do
Motivational Speaking

Engaging the youth, locally and internationally, through motivational speaking programs of various format, such as talks, forums, and seminars.

Training

Teaching communication skills, like vlogging, English speaking, and public speaking, through one-to-one or small group workshops.

Vlogging

Sharing thoughts and answering questions in video form on Youtube and Facebook, touching upon relevant youth topics of today.

Writing

Writing motivational and self-help books about various youth topics, such as self-confidence, identity, love, education, career, and community.

Social Media Advertising

Producing advertisements for products or services through social media copywriting and videomaking. Managed by Gushcloud.

Proofreading

Reading and making grammar corrections for final year project papers, theses, resumes, CVs, and other student-related writings.

I Don't Remember What I Memorized


I was talking with my wife yesterday about our favourite subjects in school. We were thinking about what we have gained from the years we spent in school.

As we were talking and talking, I realized something about myself.

I didn't remember the things that I studied just to pass the exam. The things I memorized, almost all of them disappeared from memory now. What a shame.

However, the things that I found interesting, whether it be in class, outside of class, in textbook, etc, those were the things that stuck with me until today.

Even if those things didn't make it into the exam papers, I still remember them. In some cases, I still apply them in my life. The things I found interesting...those are the things I remember.

What's my point?

My point is not that exams are not important. They are a part of our lives, a part of the system, and until we can find a better way to implement a better way to measure progress in schools, we have to adapt and live with exams. In some cases, exams are beneficial too.

What I am trying to say is something more general: about learning. Our interest, excitement, and passion about something do make a difference in how we remember and internalize the lessons we learned.

If you are not into it, then you won't remember it. Or, in practical terms, it will be much difficult to study for it. You would have to push and strain yourself to shove the facts inside your head.

But if you are really keen about what you are learning, then you become a sponge that soaks in water without even trying too hard.

I had a chat with a lecturer about research. I asked her what made it easy for her to read all those journals while doing her research (because you have to read a lot of them and they can be quite boring).

She simply answered, "I love doing it."

It doesn't matter if the process is easy or difficult. If you love doing something, you will enjoy the process no matter what. Doing it doesn't become a challenge, it becomes the reward itself.

Responsibility


Even the best of us has our weak moments, when our emotions blur our eyes and our better judgment. That is one of the features of being human. It is a packaged deal.

Having said that, it is not an excuse for us human beings not to put in the effort to get our emotions in check. You can't make a strong argument to defend your emotional misbehaviours by saying, "Hey, I'm human!"

If that is the case, then there will be so many wrong actions unaccounted for because people can simply get away with it by simply making a statement about how human they are.

The idea that we are human and that we are not perfect is sound and just. But, when it is used as an excuse to commit something wrong, then the same innocent statement can become evil.

As a counter measure, we need to instil in ourselves the idea of not just being a human being, but being a responsible human being - someone who takes ownership of his choices and face the consequences of those choices.

Though the acknowledgement of our human imperfections is everpresent, it does not take away from the fact that when you do something wrong, you should take responsibility for it.

We always see imperfection as a human trait. Well, responsibility is also a human trait. Like I said, being human is a packaged deal.

Don't just be human. Be fully human.

10.10.17 is #WorldMentalHealthDay


Let's have a honest conversation about our human condition.

We all have issues, but some have them more severely than others. It's like physical illness. We all have the normal fever sometimes. But there are others who are battling worse illnesses like diabetes, stroke, and cancer.

Nobody would dare to tell a cancer patient to just "shake it off" or "you're being silly" or "your Iman isn't strong enough." Mental health issues are real and they can be pervasive. The people who have these issues need the encouragement to enable them to reach out and seek the help they need.

My dream is to live in a world where people with mental health issues can walk into a counselor's office or a psychiatrist's office knowing that he or she will be helped and supported - not condemned and judged.

Let's educate ourselves and others about mental health and where you can get professional help.

Don't worry. Seeking help doesn't make you crazy.

It just makes you human.

Writing A Book About Hajj

My wife and I in Mina

It has been a week since my wife and I came back from hajj.

The memory is still fresh, but I can feel that it is fading away. It is similar to the feeling I get after Ramadan is over. The spirit is still high, but without any maintenance it will slowly dissipates with the passage of time.

To avoid the all-too-common downhill ride, we decided to write a book about our hajj experience. There is more than one intention behind it, obviously. But one of the intention is to make the book a perpetual reminder of our experience.

Kind of like the time when I wrote a letter to myself before I got married. To give you an idea of how forgetful I am, I posted the letter on this blog, included it in my bestselling book "The Other Side of the Coin", and made a video about me reading the letter out loud on my Youtube channel, and still...I forget.

With this book, we hope to put ourselves in a situation where we have to continuously remind ourselves about it. The more people read it, the more we have to talk about it. The more we talk about it, the more we take ourselves back to Mecca and relive the experience.

But apart from that selfish reason, there are other reasons why we want to write the book. High among them is because we want more young people to go to hajj.

We believe that if young people set their minds and their determination to go to hajj early, then insha Allah they will be able to do so. If Tabung Haji long waiting list is their main concern, then there are ways to get to the top of the list faster.

No, you don't need special cables to achieve that. (Malaysians will understand the "special cables" reference).

We found that the average pilgrim is twice our age. Imagine this, if you are 40, then you are considered a young haji by our standard. This is something that we heard from one of our hajj guides. This is rather disheartening, mainly because many challenges of hajj require physical fitness.

Now, I am not saying that old people shouldn't go to hajj. I am aware that many people don't have a choice. Whatever age you manage to go, you should be grateful. I am proud and excited to see all the elderly people going to hajj. Their determination fueled mine.

Having said that, it doesn't take away from the fact that we need more young people to grab the opportunity before them. If anything, when we have more young people on board, then we can offer more help to the elders during hajj.

So, the book that we are writing is not just about sharing our experience. It is also about sharing our hope. We realized, from our own personal experience, that young people don't usually talk about going to hajj. It is not that high on their list compared to, let's say, getting married early.

It is true. When I was single, I talked more about marriage than I do about hajj. I am not proud of admitting that, but that reality gives me more reason to write this book. We do talk more about marriage than about hajj, don't we?

When in fact, getting married is not an obligation. But performing hajj is.

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Contact Me

Location

Arau, Perlis MY

Phone number

+6 013 416 4652

Website

www.aimanazlan.com