Idea Worth Empowering

TEDx Talk is a motivative public speaking event that is available for everyone. Inspiring people is one of my dreams. This year, I decided to take a risk and talk about “Comfort Zone”. Basically, I tried to encourage everyone to get out of comfort zone and change their perspective of staying in their comfort zone. Here’s how I do it: 

Did you know that the comfort zone is our enemy? My life before I turned 12 was ridiculous. I had never been anywhere new, I always avoided challenges and risks because I was desperately afraid of failing. I am sure some of you can related. In 2016, I began to realize that life always gives us obstacles and keeps throwing new challenges at us. This is an inevitable fact of life, what is up to us is how we respond to these challenges. Listen everybody, you’re here on this planet to try something new and open new doors not to stay in the same room. If you always limit yourself to your comfort zone, I believe you won’t be able to see what potential lies beyond your limits.

I’m sure that everyone has their own passions and goals. I did some research on how to achieve your goals and this is  what I found out in

  • That’s the keyword here: moving
  • Growth is about progress
  • Progress is about movement
  • Movement is about “stepping out of your comfort zone

Achieving remarkable goals is impossible if we remain inside our comfort zone, a place  that limits your growth and restricts what you are capable of. One of my goals is to become more comfortable being uncomfortable!

Colonel Sanders is also my inspiration. Have you ever gotten rejected and failed again and again? Well, I really want everyone to listen carefully about his amazing life story before he became a successful person. Everyone should know who he is. So Mr. Sanders is the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and it should be no surprise that Sanders faced many obstacles and failures. Here’s his story:

Colonel Harland Sanders was an ordinary man who worked so hard to become extraordinary. The first fear that he had to face was that his father passed away when he was six and he had to look after his two siblings. When he grew up, he worked as a laborer for the railway. But then he got fired, so he had to find another job. After that, he came back and moved to live with his mom and sold life insurance. Because he disobeyed the rules, he got fired again. This was a very hard thing to accept in life, but he didn’t give up. He worked at a petrol station until he was about 40. This was where his turning point in life came. While there are a lot of customers waited with sweat for him to fill gasoline for their cars, they lost their patience. Mr. Sanders came up with a very creative idea by making and selling fried chicken for them. He pushed himself so hard. Everyone loved his food and later on, people came to the station not for petrol, but for his chicken! So he decided to sell his idea to others. Guess what? He got rejected 1,009 times! This is not a fictional story, guys. He didn’t stop what he was doing, he didn’t stay where he was standing, he got out of his comfort zone and continued his journey. His company was sold for more than a million dollars, and now KFC is all over Phnom Penh and the world and his logo is everywhere. I don’t know what everyone thinks about him, but for me I think he deserves his reputation. I hope his story will give you motivation, courage and boost your confidence.

Moreover, a lot of things in your life require getting out of your comfort zone. I’ll share with you a few of my stories about this topic. On August about two years ago, my writing facilitator gave me 100 topics to write about and told me to write as many as I could. I didn’t like writing at all. My brain was always stuck, when I were trying to brainstorm ideas for my writing. I was stressed out and I almost gave up. Until I’m looking through the internet and I found something very interesting. It said “Don’t be afraid to take an unfamiliar path. Sometimes they are the ones that take you to the best places”. I stopped and thought for a minute and I realized and understood what it really meant. As you know that writing was not the path that I’m familiar with, so I decided to get out my comfort zone. I realized that stepping away from this familiar path helped me a lot, even if it was hard for me for the first time. Back to writing, I started to do it with passion. For one of my writing pieces, it took me about three days with quite a lot of mistakes, but I didn’t give up. I continued editing those into a masterpiece until I satisfied with it. I started to feel the joy when I do writing and since then, it become one of the favorite things to do in freetime. This was unexpected to me, but nothing is impossible as long as I continue to push myself of my comfort zone.

I can prove everyone how leaving my comfort zone made me a happier person again. Here’s another story about me hiking 8 kilometers at Kep. Walking 8 kilometers is nerve-wracking to me. I used to be the type of girl who didn’t really get involved in sports or even types of hiking. This was my first hiking trip ever. It was very risky while we walked through. I felt exhausted after that, but the fact was that I can truly wanted to hike again. Since then, I have loved hiking and running! See! Nothing is impossible as long as I’m getting out of my comfort zone.

Public speaking used to be one of my biggest fear. Before, every time I was speaking in front of a lot of people, I felt like I’m in front of monsters. I was always afraid that “What if I’m wrong” or “They are judging me and criticize me” This thinking limited me. The reason why I say that is because I didn’t GET OUT of my COMFORT zone. I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone by doing a lot of public speaking for many events and now I’m standing right here in front of hundreds and hundreds of people. That’s unbelievable, isn’t it?

These are such amazing turning points and experiences in my life. I hope that this speech inspires at least some of you. Last but not least, I want to encourage everyone who is listening to this speech to not be upset when someone rejects your work or when you fail to do something. Everytime you want to give up, I urge everyone to think about Colonel Sanders life. Always remember one thing:

“You won’t be able to succeed if you stay in your comfort zone”

Making Educational Boardgame

It sounds a little bit silly because we changed ours by making the game. I’m in the junior cohort and I was in the exploration called Entrepreneurship. Mr. Keith, our facilitator has led and walked us through within 7 weeks and inspired us to be a successful entrepreneur. It is not a very big project, but it is our first step in making changes. I and my others two teammates tried to brainstorm what is the problem for people nowadays. We finally found out that most of the students didn’t get the knowledge of some subjects such as Science, Geography, etc. This problem stays deep inside our mind, therefore we decided to create a product that will solve this problem. Our team name is LiLife. I’m sure that you noticed the word Life because it related to the life lesson. This board game is made from recycled cardboard. We also cover our board game with the plastic bag to protect from the water. Moreover, we made our game pieces from 3d printing. The goal of our board game is to make everyone to have fun and gain more knowledge by asking the question and answer which is about general knowledge and some entertainment. The benefits of our products are that it is not just for fun but you can gain more education too.

Several of our board game is sold out and we were really happy that they enjoy our board game. We also shared our board game idea to everyone in some events (e.g Maker Faire) and they really like our idea. People got to try our board game and they gained some knowledge as well. I’m glad that they gained the education from our board game and if we have free time we’re going to develop it not for ourselves but also for our country.

Government School Project

Since I grew up, I have a passion for helping Cambodia through raising awareness. I would never expect that I will change my country through being a teacher who helps people change their perspective.

One of the days that we’re in this exploration, our team went to a government school in Kandal, Cambodia to teach students about disabilities. Our goal is to teach students about the type of disabilities and we will provide them with some activities that related to disabilities. So these are the activities that we’re having them done:

  • Tie shoelaces and bracelet by using one arm
  • Drawing through instruction (Intellectual Disabilities)
  • Whisper Challenge (Deaf)
  • Blind activity

We want everyone to relate to the feeling of having disabilities. We also have them writing the reflection about this studying and they enjoy and learned a lot about disabilities. They are understanding well about this. We’re also happy when we hear that the students understand about it. It is one of my greatest memories with them.

Overall, this is a very convenient topic for me and I have a very strong passion and potential to help my country. I’m so glad that I’m in this exploration and I like to do all this kind of work with kids outside my school. In conclusion, I enjoy this and I’m ready to be a change agent for Cambodia.


Technovation is the programme for girls to involve in technology. Technovation is the combination of the words technology and innovation. More than a thousand girls involve in this programme around the world. I’m also a part of it. I joined Technovation for 2 years and it was ridiculous. In the first year, my team has created an application called “Pre-Health”. Pre stands for “Preventive”. We decided to create this application to make people learn about their lifestyle, exercises and healthy food to eat. We completed a really big accomplishment. Our team pitched the ideation of our app and we won national pitch in the first year. We also participated in Technovation in the second year. I think we’ve been improving a lot in the second year. We created a bigger idea app. This time, we found out that most of the tourists hard to find places to visit in Cambodia. This made us came up with the solution for that by creating an application that helps tourists (Both national and international) find out a lot of places to go in Cambodia not only attractive places but also some hidden places that less known. We also include hotels and guesthouses for tourists. Our second app is more complex, but we made it and enjoying it as much as last year even though we didn’t win the national pitch. My team and I got a lot of good experiences from this programme and we inspired a lot of girls to joined Technovation and involved in technology. There are more and more girls in this year join this programme than last year. I’m so proud of the girls that using an immense of hard work to code and using their business skills to create this wonderful and useful application for the world. Not only this skills can succeed, but there are more important skills such as collaboration and presentation. We are very confident to go and share our application to people who watch us. We really want people to know the potential of girls. If we have a chance, my team is going to develop our app and publish it into public for everyone. We are all the winners!!! “Winner is not the people who never fail, but they are people who never quit” -Unknown. Last but not least, I want every girl especially in Cambodia to know the importance of technology and I would like to inspire all of you to be the hero and diamond of our country and make it grow.