Thank You

So thankful to receive a letter from Her Excellency, Ms Paula Parviainen, Ambassador of Finland who so graciously attended the reception of our charity event.

“Thank you for inviting me to the VIP reception of GEPIC… The outline of speakers whom I got to talk with at the reception was inspirational and I would certainly have learnt a lot by listening to them.

“Congratulations also for the enormous sum of money you were able to raise for the Mercy Relief. I heard the LKY painting also found a new home.”

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Global Economics and Property Investment Convention (GEPIC) 2017

The GEPIC 2017 is an educational seminar on trends of the global economy, property investment and technology.

Besides educating the participants, we aim to leverage on the event to raise much-needed funds for Mercy Relief, an IPC-registered charity, for crisis relief efforts in typhoon-stricken areas in the Philippines.

GEPIC 2017 was successfully held on 15th February in Hall 606 at the Suntec City Convention Centre.

We received a total donation of SGD44,597.93 on that evening. Additional donations were subsequently channeled directly to Mercy Relief.

I like to take this opportunity to thank all our HSR Family and all our volunteers for organizing the event.

They made huge sacrifices, work very hard, and went beyond the call of duty to make GEPIC 2017 a rousing success.

We will also want to thank renowned economist Mr. Song Seng Wun, property guru Mr. Sam Baker, and business futurist Mr. Charlie Ang for sharing their expertise with us.

Robert Fernando, Roger Koh, Ning Na, and Alphonsus performed for us. Thank you.

We are also thankful for the presence of our Guest of Honor – Mayor Denise Phua, the Ambassador from the Philippines – His Excellency Mr. Antonio A. Morales, the Ambassador from Finland – Her Excellency Ms. Paula Parviainen, and several other distinguished guests.

Last but not least, we thank about about 1000 professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) for participating in the event.

Please join us at GEPIC 2018.

Volunteer to help us organise this meaningful, exciting and fulfilling event.

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Please Meet Dylon Sim, my Mentee.

Dylon is a 16-year old young man. He just completed his GCE ‘O’ level when he called me.

“Uncle Patrick, we met during a Chinese New Year gathering. I want to learn about leadership, entrepreneurship and investment from you.”

I told him, “Uncle Patrick belongs to a world that no longer exist. He’s totally irrelevant, redundant and should be put to sleep for the sake of humanity.”

Dylon persisted.

I love people who have the focus, discipline, grit, perseverance and resilience to press on despite all odds.

Such people don’t need to try very hard to find mentors.

The University of Life will ensure that appropriate mentors will appear at the right time to walk with these warriors on their journeys in life.

I took a leaf from the SkillsFuture, “a national movement to enable all Singaporeans to develop to their fullest potential, as well as realise their aspirations by taking advantage of a wide range of opportunities.”

I challenged Dylon to learn while working, and earn while he learn.

Here’s the challenge: “Organize the Global Economics and Property Investment Convention (GEPIC) 2017 – an educational seminar on trends of the global economy, property investment and technology.

“Leverage on the seminar to raise much-needed funds for Mercy Relief, an IPC-registered charity, for crisis relief efforts in typhoon-stricken areas in the Philippines.”

In the process of running the project on his own, he shouldn’t call me.

I want to relax on the beach and enjoy the evening of my life.

And watch the sun rises to day-after-beautiful day of love, joy and peace.

The bottom line is that the project must turn out to be successful. Otherwise I’ll kill him.

Like all great achievements, this project is a do-or-die project.

So it came to past, Dylon was tormented (not mentored) between November 2016 and February 2017.

He thought I was joking when I told him I’m a tormentor, not a mentor.

In a report to me, he called these gap months before he continued his studies “tiring and painful months”.

After going through the pits for me (and not with me), I’m sure he has never been more thankful to go back to school.

Dylon formed an organizing committee of about 97 people, all of whom are older than him and are professionals in their respected industries.

He managed to convince renowned economist Mr. Song Seng Wun, property guru Mr. Sam Baker, and business futurist Mr. Charlie Ang to speak at the seminar.

At the same time, he persuaded the CEO of Suntec City Convention Centre to donate one of their auditoriums for the charity project.

Dylon personally presented the project to individuals as well as groups of professionals from different industries.

GEPIC was successfully held on 15th February in Hall 606 at the Suntec City Convention Centre.

It was attended by Guest of Honor – Mayor Denise Phua, the Ambassador from the Philippines – His Excellency Mr. Antonio A. Morales, the Ambassador from Finland – Her Excellency Ms. Paula Parviainen, and several other distinguished guests.

GEPIC had a positive turnout of about 1000 professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs).

We received a total donation of SGD44,597.93 on that evening. Additional donations were subsequently channeled directly to Mercy Relief.

At the end of the “tor-mentorship,” I told Dylon, “If you have a heart of gold, you can win hearts and minds and touch lives.

“If you develop your character and competence, you can earn the right to lead. You can have a bigger capacity for better results.

“If you have a positive attitude for learning, improvement and growth, you can go farther and run faster on the marathon of sustainable success.”

Fortunately, Dylon has demonstrated salient features of these qualities.

For that, this young man has the potential for great achievements.

I’m confident, if Dylon put his heart into any project, he will excel and make the project a great success.

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Helping Women Take Up Leadership Positions

We need to press on to find out why there’s a disproportionate number of women in leadership positions and take proactive actions to resolve the issue.

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If we don’t leverage on women’s talents, we may not be tapping on the full potential of our human resources to improve productivity and competitiveness, and achieve greater good for our future.

According to a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Singapore “can rely on the most flexible and the second most attractive labor market in the world, although the participation of women in the workforce remains relatively low (75th).”

The WEF also states that “expansion of opportunities for women has the potential to transform the economies, societies and demographics of countries as a whole.”

However, gender parity should not be practiced blindly. It should not affect overall effectiveness, efficiency and results.

On the other hand, not addressing gender parity may cause a cascade of negative consequences.

An organization that has no women or a lack of women in leadership positions may suffer planning myopia and deficiency in its operation.

It may not have a proper perspective of female stakeholders, including employees and customers and get a more complete feedback from them.

For example, it may be better for a female leader in engineering to convince other females to take up engineering courses and careers.

When there’s gender diversity in the leadership team, there’ll be a diversity of ideas. It can also help to contribute to more creative and innovative ideas and breakthroughs.

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Good Bye “Thieves Market”

Soon, an important part of my life will be gone. Another sad moment in my life.

The Sungei Road flea market, once known as the “Thieves Market” has been around for more than eighty years. It will soon give way to a modern built environment.

According to the Master Plan 2014, it will be replaced by residential buildings, shops, parks, and a brand new MRT station that is scheduled to be opened in 2017.

Sungei Road will be gone but it will always have a special place in my heart.

I used to work there during school vacations, right from a tender age of 11. I did it to earn extra pocket money as I came from a poor family.

That was the good side of child labour. Without it, I might not be able to have an income to live and study properly.

Money is of no true value unless it’s being used for the good of others and the environment.

I worked for an elderly couple, distant relatives on my grandmother’s side.

My grand aunt cum lady boss was an unforgettable character. For example, during every meal, she would eat a bowl of rice for lunch.

Nothing strange about that – except that my seemingly invincible boss would pour a bottle of Guinness Stout over the rice.

She would make sure it was stirred, not shaken before eating it.

We ran the second dinghy stall at the fringe of Sungei Road, right in front of the defunct ice factory.

Yes, those were the days when many homes did not have a refrigerator, paeople actually went to buy ice from the neighbourhood provision shop.

Our merchandise comprised mainly of jeans, shirts, and other clothing. They were targeted at working adults from the lower socioeconomic segment.

The products were generic brands and the only selling point was that I could sell it cheap or cheaper than most other retailers elsewhere.

However, there were many similar stalls. We operated in one of the most competitive marketplaces.

To passersby, our shop was a shack, put together with wooden poles and a run-down canvass. To us, it was a “retail palace.”

It does not matter to us that we didn’t even have enough space to even set up a changing room.

Big dreams always start in the mind.

It may sound funny to you if I tell you that my prospective customers have to strip to their undies to try out the jeans. For female customers, one of us would hold up a dark cloth to set up a temporary changing room.

When you walked into my shop, I would ask you, “What’s your size?”

In our stall, there were only three sizes of jeans: small, medium or large.

If your reply was “Small,” which was the most common size for many people from the lower socio-economic class, I would have given you a pair of medium-sized jeans.

The reason was simple. After washing the pre-shrunk jeans, it would be reduced to a small size.

If you continue to wash it, the long pants would become a pair of shorts.

The last line was a joke that I used to tell my customers. (Please laugh. Thank you).

One of my killer “sales” lines and it worked most times was, “Wow! You make our jeans look good.”

I could say that with all sincerity because I’ve learned to see the good in every person. There was not a single human I’ve met that didn’t look wonderful to me.

In the old days, the Sungei Road flea market was a huge one. You could buy almost everything you need in your home and at a bargain price too.

It was also a trading hub for petty thieves, pickpockets, and purse-snatchers. Those were exciting times.

If you lose a hubcap, you could buy one at the Thieves Market for a fraction of the price. It would be delivered to you within a relatively short period of time.

After you have fitted the hubcap, when you go to the other side of your vehicle, guess what?

The other hubcap is missing. Lol!

At the Thieves Market, I got to know many ethical and entrepreneurial hawkers. They struggled to eke out a living by offering different wares and services.

Some of them eventually broke the poverty cycle and became very successful. They made a good living for themselves and for their loved ones.

These entrepreneurs persisted in honing their craft to an art. They disciplined themselves and worked hard and smart to secure their future.

Life will always give us adequate opportunities to break out from any hell holes.

It was while studying some of the successful hawkers that I discovered one of the most important factors for success – grit.

You need to keep pressing on to press on to achieve success.

I remember a 17 year old orphan running a stall opposite to ours. He was a student from Beatty Secondary School and as an orphan, he had to support his younger siblings by selling second hand shoes.

His mind was continually on first gear to innovate ideas to hawk his wares.

He persisted literally through fears, sweat, and tears to achieve success.

He had to do it because he was the sole bread winner and he knew that if he didn’t do it, his siblings might have to stop schooling and go hungry.

Success is not just about EQ or IQ but also DQ. DQ stands for desperation quotient.

How desperate are you to succeed?

Looking back, those days at the Thieves Market were some of the happiest days in my life.

The experience was an important part of my life.

That’s why you could take me out of Sungei Road but you could never take Sungei Road out of me.

Deep within me, I was and will always be an original kampung “Ah boy”.

It was there in that tough and highly-practical Sungei Road “business school” that I first fell in love with entrepreneurship and financial investment.

It was a love story that survived the ebb and flow of life. The romance remains strong in my heart and throughout my life.

Sungei Road introduced me to the world of dreams and opportunities.

I learned that every day can be the start of a new beginning, a new life.

It’s never too late to dream and turn the dream into a reality.

You are only limited by your mind and the stretch of your imagination.

You are born with wings. Learn to fly to the stars of your dream.

Start now…

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Comparing Yourself With Others

Living in a commercialized world, you’ll be constantly bombarded with advertisements and promotions to compare yourself with others.

They drive you to either catch up with others or be better than others.

To do that, you have to collect more and more stuffs that can at best give you temporary happiness.

Then, you may have to look out for the next commercialized illusion.

When you fall into the social comparison trap, you’ll realize that you’ll never be satisfied or contented.

You’ll always have unfavorable comparison because there’ll be people who are more successful, wealthier, and more fortunate than you.

Social comparison can cause many negative outcomes in your life.

The more you compare yourself with others, the more negative emotions you would attract into your life.

These emotions potentially include envy, insecurity, jealousy, frustration, and resentment.

Social comparison may even cause you to lower your self-esteem and self-worth.

Make you feel vulnerable and threatened and increase your level of anxiety, stress, and fear.

As you continue to compare yourself with others, soon you may not have a grip of who you are and who you should be.

A sense of guilt and shame may set in and you may not have peace of mind.

Comparing yourself with others may also make you less willing to help others. Your happiness level will decrease over time.

There’s no point in comparing yourself with others.

Break the vicious cycle of social comparison now.

From the words of Desiderata, ““If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.”

Our Creator has designed all of us to be different. There’s no apple to apple comparison between any two persons.

You are uniquely you and only you can experience and achieve what you can experience and achieve in life.

When you learn to accept and love yourself, you’ll be in a better position to love others and become an asset and a net contributor to their lives.

Be clear that true friends are not attracted to you because of your position, power, and possession. If they are, these are not the kind of friends you want in your life.

When you stop comparing and competing with others, you’ll attract a better quality of friends. And better connect, collaborate and co-create solutions with your friends to achieve better results.

Happy people do not compare themselves with others and they are not bothered with how they compare with others.

They live the best of their own lives and are not negatively influenced by others.

They adopt a healthy way to judge and feel about themselves.

In addition, happy people see the positive sides of others. They have healthy regards for others and wish them well.

They are concerned about other people’s failures and are happy to encourage and support them to succeed in life.

Therefore, love yourself and aim to optimize use of your potential. Put on your best self and be the best you.

Seek to not only remove social comparison but to also live your life for others and to serve others.

In adopting such an attitude, it will propel you to do better with your life.

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I Love Animals.

Animals can be some of our best of friends. They can be loyal to us, love us, and serve us. Moreover, they can also defend and die for us.

Hence, they have been used as metaphors and examples to teach us positive values, behaviors and aspirations. And show us many positive ways to live and love our lives.

For example, dogs can better welcome us and be more excited about seeing us than many humans. They can show more love and affection than many of our friends.

When we go through a setback, our dogs will never laugh at and look down on us. They can share our pain and sorrow. They may do all kinds of funny tricks and even make a fool of themselves to console us, and make us laugh and become happy.

Animals don’t plan to hurt or destroy us. They don’t invent and deploy weapons of mass destruction and go to war with us.

They don’t gossip, grouse and gripe about their own kind. They don’t torture, backstab, con, sue, threaten, curse, abuse, insult, and do all manners of evil against each other.

They don’t complain and make each other feel negative about life.

They don’t go to the online world and hide under cloaks of anonymity for evil intentions. They don’t flame each other cruelly and throw barbs at each other to hurt each other.

Right from the beginning of time, we have been ordained by our Creator to look after animals.

In His words: “Let us make humans in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”‘ (Genesis 1:26)

Therefore, animals have every right to co-exist with us. They should be treated with love, compassion, and care.

I cannot imagine a world without animals. They not only have every right to co-exist with us, they should also be treated with love, compassion, and care.

Without animals, we may slip into an abyss of loneliness and our very existence may even be threatened.

That’s why our value system and standards of ethos and morality should also include how we live with and treat animals.

As Mahatma Gandhi would say, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

We can’t have nobility and dignity if we do not extend it to the animal kingdom. Neither can we claim to have love in our heart if we have no love for animals. We can never be truly in in touch with our soul if we do not
realize that animals can suffer pain and sorrow like us.

Hence, we should be sensitive to how we treat animals and we should defend them when they are being badly treated. When they are abused, we should never stand by and do nothing about it.

Perhaps, the Golden Rule should also apply here. Don’t do to others what you don’t want others to do to you. A quote from Immanuel Kant comes to mind: ‘We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.’

For all the virtues and strengths that we have, we make ourselves less than a human when we abuse animals. We lower ourselves to one of the lowest denominators when we do all kinds of barbaric and wicked acts on them.

In the words of William Penn: “I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

When we save an animal and learn to live with and love the animal, we are not just keeping another animal alive. We demonstrate an act of compassion, kindness and inspiration to our children and our children’s children.

We can also leave behind a wonderful legacy of working towards a better world.

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