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Davidson is a certified professional trainer, business coach and management consultant.
Driven by passion, he is an engaging and versatile presenter with over 20 years of experience in the training industry. Over the course of his career, he has trained over 1,000 companies comprising start-ups, SMEs, MNCs, government agencies and others all over Southeast Asia.
Below are Articles and posts I have written over the years and published on Various media.
Echoes of Our Lives
As news of the Black Panther actor, Chadwick Boseman’s death continues to leave poignant notes of everyday heroism in the music of our world, what seems to be an ending is really just another small beginning in the greater chapter we call life. Reading and learning about his contributions to humanity and the positive impact he had on so many lives, just brings to home how we all need to honour our time here on earth.
When Boseman was an acting student, Denzel Washington quietly paid for his tuition at a summer acting program at the British Academy of Dramatic Acting in Oxford. Boseman never forgot this and his gratitude was so immense that he even attributed the fact that Black Panther exist, was because of Denzel Washington. Living in a country where racism is still predominant, individual, systemic, or otherwise, Boseman and Washington both forged ahead to become respected, inspirational icons in the fight for racial justice, not just in the movie industry but the whole world over.
This moment of global reflection brought to the fore my own struggles living in a multiracial country, where my starting point is about five steps behind the predominant race. However, like Boseman and Washington, I realised that there is a choice in the path we take, depending on whether we let our struggles define us or grow us. The life we live is finite but the echoes we leave behind are infinite.
In my career as a trainer, coach, author, and speaker, as well as in my life, I have always chosen to make the most positive impact I can, on the lives of the people I encounter on my journey. I choose to always focus on how much value I can bring in my work and my interactions. I have failed many times in life and of course, these failures have humbled me but at the same time, they have fortified me with resilience and adaptability. But most importantly, they have not diminished my faith in myself or humanity. On reflection, there are three things that I can attribute to this:
1. Purpose: My purpose in life is to bring the best of me to everything I do and share them with everyone that I cross path with, so that they can be a better version of themselves. It is not an easy task but I genuinely believe there can be a win-win in every situation and I try to fight for this every time.
2. Character: can be defined as “the sum of qualities that defines a person”. It is different from personality as it is something far more innate and can be morally inclined. Someone’s personality can be described as “optimistic, confident, energetic or negative and shy, whereas descriptions of character would be more along the lines of honesty, virtuous, integrous, and kindliness. As a person, I value integrity, equity, responsibility, and excellence, amongst others. These traits have been the beacon that leads the way forward for me as well as the yardsticks I measure against myself and my work.
3. Skills: I am a forever learner, each knowledge gained for me just opens the door to more areas that I want to learn about and master. This desire to always seek knowledge has served me well in enriching the skills that I hold and impart through my work. The ability to always expand our knowledge lies in all of us, all it takes is the desire to learn and to grow so we can always bring our best selves forward in all that we do.
The most valuable insight I have gained from Boseman’s death is the gift of legacy. To honour our lives, we must strive to leave a legacy that will positively impact humanity. It does not matter if the legacy is a ripple or a tsunami; what is important is that when we die, we know that we have made an imprint of goodness in the lives of the people we leave behind. A ripple can create a wave and a series of waves can eventually create a tsunami. The catalyst is displacement and displacement mean always challenging and pushing past the boundaries of the status quo. Challenges and struggles are facts of life, but we can choose to leave a legacy of hope and victory when we embrace them. We can all be the superhero the world needs in our own ways.