A Message from Jon Low …
For over 20 years of my life, many people were convinced that I was disabled when it came to the written word. So much that I lived in fear of what others would think of me if I expressed my truth in writing. Sometimes, I even had nightmares of being wrongly judged for who I truly was deep inside.
So I did my best to shut-up and try to fit in.
As a 4 year old immigrant from Malaysia, this was the safest option I could take. I was different, but I couldn’t hide it. I had slanty eyes, dark hair, and I was just discovering this strange language called English.
Growing up as a withdrawn wimp served me royal amounts of loneliness, dissatisfaction and disconnect. I was picked last on sports teams. I often ate my lunch in the park alone. And if I ever tried to join the other kids to have fun, some other kid would push me away and say, “stop trying to tag along.”
All I really wanted were friends. But it was easier to go home, fall asleep and just wish I’d wake up from a terrible dream.
I didn’t. Because it wasn’t a dream.
As a result, for about 16 years of my life, I grew up mostly too ashamed to look at my own reflection in the mirror. I would often even blurr my vision in hope that the illegible image of me would be more visually pleasing.
It didn’t work.
Gladly, life didn’t stay grim for that long. Because deep inside I knew I had much more to offer life. I could feel within me, an inherent value that was surging to be offered to the world at large. And I often thought “If I can tap into it, I’ll be able to render vast service to humanity.”
If only I knew how.
But like a diamond, a substance of eternity needs to be forged under the immense pressure of the times. What I lacked in ability, I made up with movement. I put my backside on the front seat and got on with it! With good fortune, life gifted me great teachers and opportunities to be proud of who I am.
It first started with the martial arts (Taekwondo). I dedicated (and still do) over a decade to the unification of mind, body and soul. Under the loving guidance of my masters, I developed the confidence, certainty and courage to reach out to life with full force.
I worked multiple jobs in the areas of hospitality, customer service, management consulting, engineering and sales. It all helped me pay the bills. But more importantly, all my bosses (whether they knew it or not) helped move me closer to what I truly wanted to do in life …
To write. To muse about what makes us human, and to weave a little magic with my pen (keyboard).
But like any fire that burns bright, it must be initiated by a spark. For me, that spark came in the form of tears.
When my dear friend Andrea Cozzi passed away at 28 years of age, it hit me hard. I cried profusively. Sometimes I think a man’s early departure serves to allow many of us to continue our own journey in life. I decided then and there to actively plan my exit from a job and finally make it as a paid writer focusing on communications mastery and the art of personal change.
So I invested my early mornings and late evenings, tapping away on my keyboard for 1095 days straight. The metallic paint on my laptop faded from the sweat off my palms. I alienated all my peers and colleagues because of my new-found obsession. My new friends–books, pens and my trusty keyboard.
It was worth it. Eventually, I was earning enough money to replace my full-time income.
At first a trickle (a couple hundred dollars). Then a stream (a few thousand). And eventually, tens of thousands.
But it’s not just about the money.
It’s the fact that I am earning money doing what I love, which allows me to continue doing what I love; traveling the world, meeting new people, being of service and experiencing greater satisfaction and creative expression.
I am grateful for my gift in communication. What was immensely shackling became my tool for liberation. Through persistence and hands-on experience, I synthesized a philosophy and system of inquiry, that anyone can use to realize their vision, voice and value. To discover and unfold what it is they want in their own lives–commercially, professionally, and personally.
Today, the journey continues.
What I have to share on this website can be used to:
- Communicate with yourself, other-selves and Life itself. A way of interaction that allows us to transform our experience of the many facets that comprise our precious journey called Life.
- Summon a new experience you want in life. Whether that is changing a job, entering more fulfilling relationships, or simply experiencing greater grace and gratitude for Life itself. Check out The Art of Personal Change series.
- Craft a message that is distinct in a world where everyone seems to be saying, doing, and promising the same thing. A message that connects with the hearts and minds of people worldwide.
“The marvels of daily life are so exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.”
— Robert Doisneau