Dear Robots

Dear Robots or whatever name you will be called in the future,

Our Creator has designed us for higher causes and implanted within us the power of imagination and values to achieve greater moonshot accomplishments.

We can think how to think – in far greater ways than what can be programmed in a machine.

You have artificial intelligence but you can never codify artificial wisdom.

As humans, we can continue to improve and transform ourselves in response to different kinds of changes and challenges.
If we can develop robots, we can develop far better innovations.

These innovations can help us manage robots and do what robots cannot do, what robots cannot do as well, and work with robots to do more and do better in life.

Never underestimate the power of the human spirit.

As a human race, we have overcome challenges in the past, rose from the ashes, and pioneered new horizons.

We will not be beaten. Neither can we be devalued, disrupted, and disintermediated.

Our battle to press on forward – efficaciously, exponentially and impact-fully – starts NOW.

– The Human Race

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Lasting Beauty

The organiser of the Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2017 has to be held responsible for many of the brickbats from the public.

Besides not attracting a better slate of contestants, it could have better prepared the contestants to put up a better show.

Why is there a need for such a pageant? What’s the motive, means and ends of the organiser?

What purpose does the pageant serve and how does it contribute to society? How do the judges evaluate, measure and compare level of beauty?

What sustainable values are the organiser aiming to inculcate in the contestants’ lives? How will the contestants become a better person as a result of participating in the pageant?

The truth is every person is beautiful in his or her own unique ways.

Some will discover their own beauty and use it for the greater good.

On the other hand, many will be distracted and misled by the world’s frill, fad, fetish, or fashion about beauty.

Sadly, they will not find their beauty within. They will continue to chase after the winds of commercialized beauty, and eventually reap a whirlwind.

As a property investor, I believe that looks and appearance to please others and yourself is like a leasehold property. They won’t last.

Looks and appearance are deceiving. They are like a show flat, pleasing to the eyes but they may not reflect the reality of a property.

True beauty is a lifelong asset.

It’s not captured by the eyes or a photo but felt by the heart.

It’s not evaluated by reflection from a mirror but the reflection of the people you touch around you.

Take a leaf from the beautiful things of nature.

They do not compete and compare with each other. In their own ways, they brighten and enlighten the world around them.

Beauty therefore does not come from outward physical appearance but from a shining light in your soul.

It cannot be seen by the eyes but felt by the souls of the people around you.

Beauty does not need attention. Yet, others will not get tired of looking at you.

The paradox of beauty is that the more you chase after it, the more illusive it becomes.

When you start to be yourself and like yourself, you start to become beautiful.

Look for the beauty in others and they will start to see the beauty in you.

Beauty comes out from deep within you and expressed in the way you think, talk and act for others.

Do you focus on your own looks or on the beauty you find in others?

When you live up to your best self and live to serve others, they will see beauty in and through you.

That’s far more important than looking at a mirror or a photo, and definitely more worthwhile than the judges’ score cards in a beauty pageant.

Go4It!

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Living The Way

Embarrassment can occur anytime. It happened to me recently.

Once I invited some of my students to my house. It was part of a course that I personally conducted in my company.

The objective was to show them how I lived, worked, played and learned in my house.

Prayerfully, it would help them avoid my mistakes and improve on my strengths.

It was one of the scariest things to do in my life.

Sometimes, I feared they would use my openness and private information against me at a later stage.

So, why did I do it?

I did it as a way of showing my gratitude to the people who have so generously shared their personal life with me.

Their act of friendship and authenticity have enriched my life and helped me to be a better person.

They have paid it forward and I was hoping to do the same.

I hoped that others could learn from my successes as well as from my failures.

There was another reason for me to open up my home.

I read somewhere that pride can come about when people are uncomfortable under their skin.

Their unhealthy self esteem can drive them to seek unnecessary attention and acceptance.

It can also drive them to believe their views are always right and they are better than the people around them.

When I invited my students to my home, I hoped that by being transparent, I would strengthen self acceptance and be at peace with myself.

In recognising my weaknesses, I would learn to be humble and be more motivated to improve myself.

You can imagine I received my students that day with a degree of trepidation.

At one point in the training, I wanted to show them my kitchen, refrigerator and cupboards.

I took pride in my endeavor to live healthily and wanted to inspire them to do the same.
Usually, I would not prepare for this part of the lesson. I aimed to be real and transparent about my lifestyle.

To my surprise, I found many chocolates, candies, cookies, and ice cream in my kitchen.
I had forgotten that in recent times I had received many of them as presents.

My students might not have realized the feelings that was going through me.

Fortunately, I had a divine inspiration to turn it into a learning lesson for myself as well as for them.

I told them, “Do I eat them? Of course.

“Am I constantly tempted by them? Most definitely.”

“How did I overcome these issues?

I went on to share how I’ve set up systems to ring fence myself. How I would ensure that I would stay on the straight and narrow in living a healthy life.

While reflecting on that training, I relearned a powerful lesson for effective leadership.

You will influence your people more effectively through your life than through what comes out of your mouth.

Whether you like it or not, you will lead by example.

Your people will follow what you do more than what you tell them to do.

How you live your life will eventually become the main curriculum and method for training and influencing your people.

By your deeds, you will mould and shape your people and the direction of your team.

They are more impactful than all the beautiful messages that you can craft and communicate to them.

If you cannot lead yourself, you cannot lead others.

The quality of your personal results will determine the quality of your team’s results.

Live the way.

Be the kind of a leader that both your people and yourself will want to look up to, emulate and follow.

To rephrase the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the leader that you ought to be in both the internal and external worlds.”
People will never follow a leader if they don’t like, trust and respect him.

In short, aim to be the living lesson for your team. Do what you tell them to do and aim to do it in a better way.

Your life should be the real-life example of your messages.

How then should you set good examples?

Go4It!

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Conversation With Life

There were conversations that I wished did not have to end.

The more I thought about a few of them, the more I wish I could continue them because there were messages not communicated and files not closed in my mind.

What I am about to describe to you is one of such conversations.

It was a conversation that I had with Mary (not her real name), a young and talented student.

After a group meeting, I offered to drive Mary home as I was going in the same direction.

She was thankful for the offer and had subsequently climbed to the back seat, making me looked like her chauffeur.

The only eye contact that I had and the only way I could read her body language was through the rear view mirror.

As a visually-oriented person, it was hard for me to hold a conversation but still, we had an interesting one.

As the drive was relatively long, we covered many subjects. She was quite open to share about her challenges in the past and aspirations in life.

When we were about to reach her place, Mary told me, “Uncle, you don’t have to drive me into the housing estate. I’m happy to alight along the main road.”

I could not imagine doing such an ungracious act, especially to a young girl.

It would make me feel bad and might even cause me to stay up in bed at night. I love my sleep too much to even consider acceding to her request.

I told her, “It’s okay. I am in no hurry. I’m happy to see you safely home.”

Her reply disturbed me and got me thinking for awhile.

She had said, “When compared to your house, mine is a trash.”

As I watched her saying those words through the rear view mirror, she looked apologetic, hoping the subject would be blown away by the wind.

She was clearly not at peace with her circumstances.

As a 200 year-old dino, I must have given her one of those old-man-trying-to-forewarn-a-young-person type of speeches.

Unfortunately, there was not much time to plan for it and deliver it in a cogent and coherent manner.

I took the trouble to share how poor I was and how I had to go through very much worst circumstances than her.

Up to 21 years of age, I was sleeping literally on the floor…blah blah blah.

Before I could make complete sense of what I was trying to tell her and how I could persuade her to come to terms with her current situation, we had reached her place.

Mary climbed out of the car almost out of relief.

She quickly waved me goodbye, and disappeared behind a concrete wall.

As I reflected on that incident, I wished I had more time to finish the conversation.

I wished I could share with her about how to make peace with life.

Whatever the circumstances we are in, we need to be grateful and thankful for it.

Being contented is one of the requirements for living a happy and fulfilling life.

However, contentment must not lead to complacency or worst, despondency.

Acceptance of the situation must not be turned into apathy.

Being at peace with the situation does not equate to being resigned to it.

Being mindful of our current situation does not mean that we should stop pursuing a better life. In fact, it should give us more motivation and energy to improve our lives.

Success in life is not about having everything you need but about enjoying what you have.

It’s not about whether you go through sunshine or storm in life but how you make full use of the passing seasons.

Every situation that we go through is a classroom in life.

Pain and problems are some of the best teachers. Sadness and sorrow are part and parcels of their curriculum in the class of life.

There is a positive purpose for every moment and there is meaning in every event.

We need to go beyond achieving success in every endeavour to live out its spiritual significance.

The circumstances in our lives are powerful catalysts to help correct, coach and channel us to adopt the right conduct in life.

How we extract the lessons and apply them to become a better person depends on our conscientious choice. It is also a function of our persevering commitment and disciplined lifestyle.

After completing the last sentence, an epiphany suddenly hit me.

What I thought was an incomplete conversation was not between me and the student. It was between me and myself and between me and our Creator.

That conversation and the circumstances surrounding it was designed by our Creator for me.

It was not for a lack of contentment but complacency that caused me to almost miss out an important learning experience.

The trip was to be my classroom and I had almost walked out of it. Fortunately, I returned to class after a short period of time to complete another module of my education in life.

As I blogged and thought about the incident, I realised the conversation with Mary was meant to be a feedback. The purpose was to free me from my ‘mind-already-set’ way of looking at life.

Its deeper meaning was to help me look at the rear view mirror of life so that I can have a clearer perspective of myself and to progress in life.

The significance of the incident has to be captured in my mind and lived out for the rest of my life.

Go4It!

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Breaking The “Jar” Of Pain

When my children were younger, my family and I were avid jungle trekkers.

Almost every school holiday, we would be on some obscure trails and bashing through a jungle.

On one trip, we were staying in a small guesthouse in Thailand before setting off on another trekking trip.

This was one of those “self-service” lodges.

In other words, there were hardly any service staff. You had to do everything on your own.

One morning, I went to the kitchen to prepare a sandwich.

I held a glass can of peanut butter on my left hand and with my right, I tried to remove the lid.

I did not realise that the glass was not strong enough to withstand the grip of my left hand.

I crushed the can, cleaving it and producing razor sharp fragments.

Many of the fragments pierced and sliced through my flesh.

I screamed in pain and that got almost everyone running to me.

Meanwhile, blood was flowing unceasingly from my cuts, particularly the cuts on my left thumb.

A large piece of jagged glass had cut through part of my thumb.

All I saw was blood spurting from the wound.

Soon, my hand was covered in blood.

A guesthouse employee helped me into his van and rushed me and my family to the local clinic.

In my pain, it seemed like we took ages to reach our destination.

When I first laid eyes on the run-down village clinic, to say I was not impressed would be an understatement.

Quite literally, I feared for my life.

Many questions ran through my mind.

Did they have a qualified doctor to man the clinic?

Would the doctor have the right medical equipment and medicine?

Could he stop the haemorrhage and sew up the wound?

The most scary question and the one that I tried desperately to keep away from my mind and from my worried family was – Would this be the last day of my life?

Many years later, my oldest daughter told me that in her childish naivete, she thought I would not survive.

In case you are reading my posting for the first time, please be assured, I am alive.

At least the last time I checked, I was still alive.

However, I still bear the scar of that experience on my left thumb.

To finish my story, there was a doctor at the clinic. He had a faded white overalls that must have seen many a medical crisis.

He brought me to a corner, and pulled a curtain to give us some privacy.

The curtain was not terribly useful; outsiders could easily look at me as it was translucent.

Although I wasn’t administered an anaesthetic, I could not remember how the doctor stopped the bleeding and closed the wound.

I had turned my face away, leaving my life in his hands.

For weeks after that, I was still in pain.

The pain however was not as tormenting as the fear that the doctor might have left remnants of glass inside my hand and body.

In my wildest moments, I imagined transforming into The Glass Man.

As a result of the freak accident, I would become an accidental super hero with power to turn my enemies into crystal.

And like a good entrepreneur, I would trade the human-shaped crystal for piles of money to save the world.

When I thought about the frightening experience, I couldn’t help asking myself:

Why did our Creator allow pain in life?

Why did He not prevent the accident from happening?

Why did He not heal me immediately, after all He was more than able to do it?

Why did He allow suffering to continue in my life?

These are deep philosophical questions and despite our search, humanity has not been able to come out with a satisfactory answers.

I don’t pretend I can resolve such imponderables.

However, there are important lessons that I have learned from painful experiences in the past.

I have learned that pain is a messenger.

There is meaning in suffering.

Every scar in your life bears its own purpose.

The scar that remains can serve to remind you that there is significance in pain – if you search deep enough for its purpose for yourself.

Living a good life is not about whether you go through sunshine or storm in life but how you make full use of the passing seasons.

Every situation that we you go through is a classroom in life.

Pain and problems are some of the best teachers.

Sadness and sorrow are part and parcels of their curriculum.

There is a positive purpose for every moment and there is meaning in every event.

We need to go beyond achieving success in every endeavour to live out its spiritual significance.

The circumstances in our lives are powerful catalysts to help correct, coach and channel us to adopt the right conduct in life.

How we extract the lessons and apply them to become a better person depends on our conscientious choice, discipline, and action.

In doing so, pain can be a platform and not a pitfall in life. It can help you build a positive character, values, and other qualities to succeed in life.

Every pain and sorrow can also inspire you to reach out to others who are suffering in life.

You can understand their pain because you’re going through it or have gone through it.

Offer comfort to those who are in need of comfort.

When you see painful experiences in this light, it can make you a stronger and better person.

Therefore, embrace pain but don’t succumb to it.

You are bigger than pain.

Accept it but don’t be resigned to it.

Pain is not a part of you, neither should it be treated apart from you.

Don’t run away from it or pretend it’s not there.

The painful message must be urgent enough to come to you with such a strong signal and impact.

The better you respond to the pain, the faster the pain can be transformed into a gain.

Pain is not a stumbling block but a stepping stone. It can start a process of improvements and a movement for the good of the people around you.

Back to my story, that experience in Thailand is another turning point in my life.

I aim to help the people around me rise up from pits of darkness – one person at a time and one experience at a time.

Strangely, the more I help others remove darkness from their life, the more the darkness in my life will graduallydisappear.

When I am able to totally focus on a worthwhile mission, after awhile I don’t even notice my own darkness anymore.

At the right time, the enlightening light of our Creator will obliterate the remaining darkness.

I will be free.

How can you leverage on pain to fulfill a purposeful mission?

Go4It!

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On The Road To Success…

Learn to become a servant leader. Seek to love and serve others.

If you do not have a heart to love and serve others, you do not qualify and deserve to be successful.

Be mindful of the vision, needs and concerns of the people around you.

Look after their best interests.

Reach out to bring out the best from them and help them live the best of life.

Seek to not only help them go far in life but to also help them carry their burdens.

Continue to value-add to them.

They should be better off with you in their lives than without you.

Whatever you do, don’t do it to satisfy your ego and never be driven by a self-serving agenda.

Serve with humility, and value others above yourself.

Help them achieve their desired outcomes and make them feel that they did it on their own.

Inspire your team mates to believe that they are able to pursue a higher level of achievement and know how to do it even in your absence.

Develop a won-win relationship with them.

The won-win relationship is based on the Golden Rule:

Do to others what you want others to do to you – even before they have done it to you.

Having a won-win relationship means that they must win first before you can win.

They have to be successful before you can be successful.

When you help enough people to be successful, some of them will also help you to be successful.

Focus on the quality of your contributions and not on the quantity of your possessions.

When you have a track record of helping others to succeed, soon you don’t have to chase for success.

Success will chase after you.

As for me, I don’t even seek a win-win but a single-win relationship with others.

As long as they win, I’m happy. I don’t need to win at all.

I aim to be the best number 2 so that the people around me can be number 1.

There’s no desire to pursue any recognitions, rewards and returns for myself.

On my journey in life, I live for our Creator and to inspire others to greatness.

Go4It!

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How I Found My Calling In Life…

In 2003, I went through the darkest hour of my life.
At that point, I felt like I have gone through hell and came back a totally different person.

My life almost came to a bitter end.

During that period, a Mr Os Hillman flew in from the USA to see me.

He had no clue as to why he needed to see me and what he wanted to talk me about.

Interestingly, he could not even remember who asked him to see me.

Long story short, I shared with him my tragic encounter with life.

At that point, I couldn’t help sharing my story with anguish, pain and sorrow.

At the end of the emotionally-charged session, he L-A-U-G-H-E-D at me.

He laughed into my face and literally right through to the core of my being.

You could imagine how his response could have shredded my heart. He could have tore my soul into many pieces.

Mr Hillman prophesied that I would get out of the pits of hell.

I would get my life back and achieve much more than I could ever dream or imagine.

After the baptism of fire, I would have to share my life story with others and inspire them to live a full life.

They would be encouraged to help others live life to the fullest too.

Mr Hillman called it a Joseph Calling.

His prophesy came to pass. Within three years, I got out of the deep valley of painful experience.

For the past 14 years, I have been humbled by the experience and my failure.

I have been honored to carry out the Joseph Calling – to inspire others to greatness.

I have gone to many parts of the world and share different life-giving messages.

From leaders to ordinary persons on the street, I endeavored to ignite the power of love and compassion within them.

I aimed to put soul back into individuals, organisations and communities.

Throughout the journey, many lives have been transformed.

They have joined me to live well and achieve more in life so as to do more good for others and the environment.

I ended the interview by sharing my aspirational value:

The more we reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better our lives will become.

Go4It!

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