A Kamloops author and motivational speaker has a new book out and will be at the downtown Kamloops Library on Wednesday.
Wai Hung Ma is the subject and one of three authors of The Journey: Always Breaking Limitations.
The book’s authors call it a collection of “success concepts” that follows Ma’s journey of overcoming his limitations to live a life of purpose, meaningfulness, contribution and optimism.
Ma was born in Hong Kong with cerebral palsy and later developed multiple sclerosis. He is confined to a wheelchair and cannot walk or use one of his hands. His speech impediment often makes it difficult for people to understand him.
He moved to Canada with his family at age 11. While the language barrier and adaptation to Western culture was difficult to overcome, he said in his book that he felt the need to prove that he could learn the language and adapt. To do so, all he needed was a bit of help, which he received from his teachers, later graduating high school and university.
Today, Ma is an entrepreneur and professional speaker and, despite being hindered by what he calls the “twin scourges,” he has developed a positive philosophy that has helped him get more out of life.
“I’ll keep reaching for greater heights, to break limitations and use my story to inspire others to do the same,” Ma said in the book.
The Journey is Ma’s third book, following Breaking Limitations and Motivation: Know Yourself.
Researchers and co-authors Corey Sigvaldason and Kirk Baethke complement Ma’s story and inspirational messages with supporting research and theory behind the principles explored in the book.
Sigvaldason is an author, speaker and trainer who has worked with Ma before, while Baethke, also a speaker, lends communications expertise to the book.
The book was released through CAP Leadership Publishing on June 3 and is available as a paperback and as an e-book.
Ma has also produced a DVD, How to Become a Better Bully, in partnership with the Kamloops-Thompson School District and the North Kamloops Rotary Club. The DVD is targeted for youth to help them avoid becoming bullies.
Ma will speak at the downtown library, at Victoria Street and Fifth Avenue, on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The event is free, but registration is recommended. To do so, call 250-372-5145 or email email@example.com. The event will also be live-streamed on the Thompson-Nicola Regional Library Facebook page.
The book can be found by clicking here.