Once a shy, young boy who was shunned by friends because of Tourette’s, Amir Khan is now a hometown martial arts hero.
Even though he found his confidence through martial arts, Khan still had to work extremely hard to overcome his introversion.
“I just kept to myself during school,” the Singaporean said about his
youth. “Yes, I was able to get confident through Muay Thai, but I still
had to keep working on myself to become who I am today.”
Although Khan received advice from his brother – an actor and fellow athlete – which helped with his ONE Championship media obligations, Khan felt more was needed before he could truly break out from his shell.
This breakthrough came from an unlikely source, a book called How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
Despite its status as a timeless classic on interpersonal
communication, Khan was never much of an avid reader, and as a result,
he found the book underwhelming the first time he read it.
“To be honest, someone recommended it to me a while back and I read
the whole thing really fast,” he said. “I didn’t get much out of it.”
Over the years, the man who’s tied for most knockouts inside the
Circle upped his reading habits and started to fall in love with the
Convinced that reading could help elevate his performances, Khan
invested in books on mental mastery, motivation, and visualization.
Only recently has he found the time to revisit this once-forgotten title.
“I guess sometimes when you just read too fast, you forget about it
after a few months,” Khan said. “And now with everything closed, I have
started to read it again since I have more time on my hands.”
The book is a great resource for anybody who wants to socialize better and make the most out of otherwise awkward interactions.
Khan found learning easier with Carnegie’s textbook-style approach.
“I’m currently pursuing my part-time degree in sports science with
PSB, so I guess as a student, I already have that mindset tuned to
learning,” he said. “I was able to pick a few things up from re-reading
Although he has adjusted better to his newfound fame as one of the
most exciting martial artists in Asia, Khan always finds new ways to
Now that he has become increasingly active on social media, Khan
wants to connect and share his knowledge of fitness and nutrition with
“I feel like the book touches on the familiar subject of
communication,” he said. “Naturally, I am an introvert, which means my
communication skills aren’t always the best.”
“Now that I am gaining knowledge from my studies, my next step is to
learn from this book and form the habits that will make me better at
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