Talk: 5 lessons I learned going from employee to entrepreneur while chronically ill

The Rotary Club of Hong Kong South invited me to speak yesterday about how I went from performing IT audits to making art and books after my autoimmune diseases left me bedridden.

I was wary of giving a talk that romanticised the depression, frustration, and limitations inherent to disability, but I also didn’t want to impose a “woe is me” tirade on my unsuspecting audience. I’m also wary about giving advice in general. my experiences have been shaped by circumstances and privileges that may render my advice useless to other people.

In the end, I pulled together a little something that introduced myself and my art, but culminated in five lessons that I’ve learned from being a disabled employee-turned-entrepreneur.