Success Can Be The Next Step After Confronting A Challenge

It’s Time To Find Meaning In Challenges.

Have you ever felt stressed and felt even more alive than before?

I was having a good chat with my eldest princess.

Suddenly, she turned to me and said, “Daddy, you must be going through lots of stress at work?”

I replied, “Hmm, how did you guess?”

Then she said, “Many people are slandering you and backstabbing you?”

Looking at her cheeky smile, I asked, “How did you find out, ol’ wise one?

She continued as if she had a magical crystal ball in front of her, “And people are stealing things from under your nose?”

By then, I was amazed. “Wow! How did you know what’s happening in my life?”

At that point, we were both lying on our side and facing each other.

She looked into my eyes and said something that got me thinking for awhile.

“Papa, I’ve have never seen you more alive than during recent times. You seem to have a new leash of life.”

You know what?

My daughter was absolutely right.

I thrived in challenges. I bloomed when there were troubles all around me.

I came alive when I had mountains that needed to be conquered.

When I was 15 years old (about ten years ago Lol!), Mr John Ho, my elderly Sunday School teacher – bless his good heart – once quoted a verse from the Good Book to me.

He said: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds…” (James 1:2 NIV).

“Pure joy when I’m in trouble?” I thought to myself, “This is utter nonsense!”

At that point, I did not fully grasp the depth of meaning of this wise saying.

As I grew older and after going through my fair share of challenges in life, I’ve proven the profound purpose and significance of this unconventional advice – again and again.

Throughout my life, challenges have become stepping stones to success and not millstones to cause setbacks.

They have softened me, strengthened me, and enlightened me.

Challenges have softened me in the sense that they have humbled me and made me more of a human.

They helped me better understand and feel for people who are facing challenges in their life.

They made me a more empathetic and approachable person.

Challenges strengthened me to become a wiser and better person.

To overcome challenges, I had to improve my knowledge, attitude, skills and habits (KASH) – all of which made me a stronger person.

In the process of resolving challenges, I have learned how to persist and persevere so as to achieve desired results.

They made me more resilient in facing other challenges in life.

Challenges enlightened me to realise that there are many ‘Patrick Liew’s out there who are facing different kinds of challenges. Their challenges can be even worst than mine.

They inspire me to turn failures, problems, and disappointments into an advantage of a higher order.

In that way, I can also help others who are going through challenges in their life.

I want to serve them so that they will not be left behind on the highway and byway of life. Instead, they will become leaders for the good of society.

In short, without confronting challenges, I would have never truly lived and succeeded in anything.

In the evening of my life, I realized that confronting challenges can be a “pure joy.”

In conclusion, please don’t let any challenge go to waste.

There is a proverbial phoenix that can soar from challenges and fly to the stars of dreams.

That phoenix can be you.

Success can be the next step after confronting a challenge.

Success may just be around the next corner.

Fight On!

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Happy Father’s Day – Fathers, You’re Important!

Research shows that fathers contribute to developing healthy families and children and they are models for their children’s cognitive, emotional and social developments.

They can help their children become more anchored and contribute to a greater sense of self-esteem, well-being, and authenticity.

In addition, they can help their children improve their intellectual and linguistic intelligence and academic results.

The way fathers engage and interact with their children can also have a major bearing on how their children view and build their relationships with friends, colleagues, spouses, and loved ones.

Boys have a tendency to pattern after their fathers, especially in modeling the values and traits that have contributed to positive outcomes and impacts.

When fathers demonstrate these values and traits, their daughters will have a tendency to manifest these qualities.

They will also look for these qualities in their future partners because they have enjoyed and benefitted from these qualities.

Just as importantly, studies show that the positive qualities of fathers can prevent their children from developing behavioural problems and being involved in substance abuse.

These children are less inclined to participate in delinquent activities, including drug and alcohol abuse.

Fathers can shape and influence their children on who they are and who they’ll become in the future. They can affect major areas of their children’s lives, literally from cradle to grave.

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10. Happy Father’s Day (Sunday, June 20, 2021) – Story #10: A Tribute To Fathers

I’m writing this tribute to all wonderful fathers and grandfathers.

They put in so much hard work to raise their children and grandchildren.

They are some of the unsung heroes in life.

We owe to them a lifetime of gratitude and appreciation for their sacrifices and contributions.

Without them, we cannot be alive.

Beyond protecting us, they show us how to live while we were young and at an important stage in our lives.

We will never know and understand what they have to go through to raise help us throughout our lives.

Every good father awaits excitedly for the coming of his child.

He plans to be a good provider, and has nothing but the best wishes for his offspring.

As a relatively untrained father, there were many concerns running through his mind.

In the process of bringing up the child, he has to go through many heart-wrenching moments.

Many of these experiences might bring him to the lowest points in life.

If fathers were to record all the misdeeds of their children, they would have a lot of pain and sorrow to share with their children.

They would recall countless of times when their hearts were broken.

Carry these wounds and not share them with anybody.

And they might not even show their anguish and anxieties.

Many of them were taught to be “machismo,” and that is to put up a false front of strength and courage.

They wouldn’t openly express their feelings and emotions, especially the negative ones.

That may be one of the reasons why men have generally a shorter lifespan than women.

Good fathers will never take children’s disappointments at heart.

They are created to love and designed to give their best to their children.

They will never complain about sharing their incomes and their resources to bring up their children.

They know children are their flesh and blood, and they are emotionally bonded to them throughout their lifetimes.

Yes, fathers are not perfect but every father will tell you he did not set out to fail.

Every father wants to be a good father.

In his heart of hearts, he wants to teach his children well and set a good example for them.

His desire is to raise the children so that they can be much better than him.

He hopes that his children can live a better life, a life that is probably beyond his reach and which exists only in his dream.

The sad truth is, there are no schools or academic curriculum dedicated to teaching him how to be a father – not just on how to do a good fathering job but also how to improve his skills.

Sadder still, along the way, he made mistakes and his children might have to suffer for some of them.

By the time, he knew how to correct the mistakes, the children might have grown up.

Children can only fully understand a father’s challenge when they become parents.

They will then realize how difficult it is to be a parent and to give of themselves in discharging their responsibilities.

That’s why we need to forgive our fathers.

We should never hold any grudge, resentment or worst, hatred against them.

We, too, are imperfect and will need others to forgive us too.

Look at the good side of our fathers and catch them doing good.

And be grateful and appreciative of every single good deed that our fathers have accomplished for us.

We owe it to our father to make every single day, a safe, secure and happy one for him.

We need to honor him, respect him, and love and care for him to the best of our abilities.

Truth be told, we can never love our fathers enough. We can never repay them for all that they have done for us.

We can never do enough for them.

Perhaps, the best way to love them is to be the best parents to our children and children’s children.

The cycle of love, kindness and compassion will then improve and continue.

I pray that you will have a wonderful Father’s Day.

In fact, every day should be a Father’s Day.

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9. Happy Father’s Day (Sunday, June 20, 2021) – Tribute To One Of Our Founding Fathers

On Father’s Day, I want to pay tribute to one of our founding fathers, the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore.
I grew up during the hard times, a period of turmoil and civil unrest in the history of Singapore.

Our people were poor, mainly uneducated and of migrant stock.

I am a living witness of the harm that the extreme communists and other dissidents did to the nation.

At one point, they had enormous power in their hands and were not afraid to use them on the street.

They could have destroyed us just like what many toxic leaders have done to their countries.

Today, there are many romantic notions of these rebels and attempts to make a hero out of them.

I wish they know what life was like in the past. How our destiny could have gone down the tube with these dangerous people.

Mr Lee came on the scene when he and his team were not in power. Life was tough for them and for all of us.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew went into the gladiator’s arena to fight not for his life but for the country.

His enemies were stronger then and had support coming from different countries.

There were dark forces lurking behind shadows, manipulating many impressionable minds and agitating people at their worst instincts.

The battle had no rules. Nobody expected a fair fight.

It was more than a game of chance. It would be a fight to the last breath.

The prize was not for fame and glory but for the destiny of a people. A largely migrant people that were made up of more spectators than players, more observers than participants, and more critics than supporters.

That was the context of the battle.

It took a man of courage and street smartness to turn the tide. An iron hand to restore stability and engineer growth for our economy and society.

It took a strong leader to galvanize the energy of our people and channel it in the right direction and build on a dream.

It required great leadership to inspire a talented team of leaders to transform Singapore from an accidental country to become a first-world country.

It required a clean heart and mind to free oneself and the government from the clutches of corruption, abuse, and destruction.

It required effective vision, execution, and grit to turn a little red dot into one of the most admired countries in the world.

Thank God, we had Mr Lee Kuan Yew fighting on our side.

He was a man of our time and together with his team, he led us out of a dark period.

Along the way, he made many sacrifices for our nation.

He led us to victory and helped to bring forth a successful Singapore.

He is not perfect but his contributions have made a positive difference to our future.

I can’t think of another leader that could have done the same for us.

It took a man of courage and intelligence to turn the tide. An iron hand to restore stability and engineer the growth of our economy and society.

It took a strong leader to galvanize the people and channel their energy to build Singapore to become one of the most admired countries in the world.

As a politician, he took on his opponents in the courts of law, not a norm in western democracy but a necessity to ensure that our leaders have the moral authority to lead the country.

Libel suits are controversial but I prefer that honorable politicians press such charges rather than swing to the other extreme.

We have seen how many of the leaders in the western world were made to look like clowns in a circus and their political system became a mockery.

My take is that if another team of leaders had assumed power, they wouldn’t have made it any easier for the politicians who were on the opposite side of their camp.

Although political power was prone to abuse, Singapore has largely escaped from suffering detrimental effects such as corruption.

We were not led by self-serving politicians with unclean hands and systems.

After Mr Lee left us, the country continues to grow.

We can look forward to the future with a sense of hope and optimism.

That was how our history was made. Destiny crafted.

It happened because of one man and his team.

I’ll always be grateful and thankful for what Mr Lee and his team did for us.

I pray that we will never take our hard-won achievements for granted. Never believe for a moment that what we have built cannot be destroyed very quickly.

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A grim Letter to my Staff (and to all my Friends)

Please read the following article.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/examples-of-robots-replacing-jobs/?fbclid=IwAR2_L183hZSDYoWObrUTLevjcI61CF9rR6h-NOTrbOm_6BGZgKx-Q3le114

This article reinforced what we have been told repeatedly.

Many jobs, including lawyers, financial analysts, administrators, and even artists and musicians will be replaced in the near future by robots and artificial intelligence.

I trust that you’ll push yourself to start following the growth journey (see image) that we have developed for you to become an entrepreneur and an investor.

Step 1: Reach out to customers and the marketplace.

Learn to talk to prospects and customers, win their hearts and minds, and earn their trust, respect, affection and loyalty.

Step 2: Farmer – Learn to sell products and services.

Volunteer to sell products and services to prospects and customers, and value-add to their lives and endeavors.

Step 3: Farmer – Learn to run a mini business.

Volunteer to run a small business within the company, and contribute to profit, advantage and growth.

Step 4: Hunter – Go out to the marketplace and develop a business.

Build a business, and help the company to achieve strong, stable, secure and sustainable growth.

Step 5: Be an entrepreneur and an investor, and combine their knowledge, skills, attitudes and habits (KASH) to become an Investpreneur/Entrevestor.

An Investpreneur/Entrevestor
cannot be displaced, devalued, disintermediated, disrupted, or decimated.

To all employees and self-employed professionals, you have been forewarned.

Start changing from now.

Uncle Patrick Liew

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8. Happy Father’s Day (Sunday, June 20, 2021) – Story #8: A Tribute To Fathers

Your father is one of the most wonderful gifts from our Creator.

He may not be perfect and may not have done everything right.

In the same way, you have not been perfect and must have done some wrongs in the past too.

Many people do not hold you for your wrongdoings.

Therefore, do the same to others and especially to your father.

Your father did not learn about fatherhood in school.

There is hardly any training programme to teach him how to carry out his fatherly role and responsibilities.

He cannot learn fathering at work, nor at any other setting.

Your father learns on the job and he can only do his level best.

His conduct may not be the best, or his best conduct may not be good enough for you.

Remember, he is a human too.

He has to struggle to put food on the table and care for you.

As a mortal man, he has to fight the darkness in his mind and shadows in his being.

However, deep within him, there is a powerful force that is at work – Love.

Your father loves you.

He loves you more than you will ever know, and you’ll never know what you don’t know.

He has options but he chose to spend time and money to ensure that you were kept safe and well.

When you were young and vulnerable, he was there for you.

He put up with your screams and cries, even in the middle of the night.

He was there when you were sick and had to be rushed to the doctor.

He stood with you when you were hurt and he supported you through many challenges.

There were times when he stood behind you in silence.

That could be even more painful than taking any other action, including voicing his thoughts about you.

He shared your moments of difficulties in a way that you would never be able to understand.

He was in fear when you were struggling with your fear.

He was in pain when he saw your frailty, foolishness, and failure.

He was stressed when you went through pitfalls, puddles, and potholes.

But throughout the ups and downs, he was right behind you.

He was always ready to pick you up and support you.

You will never realise how much your father has sacrificed for you unless there is a way to replay every moment in the past.

You will never fully appreciate how much energy your father has invested to raise you.

The day would come when he knew you have grown up and needed to be independent.

As a father, I know it is never easy to release you to find your place in the sun. A part of his heart would go with you.

Wherever you are, your father will always be there with you and for you.

Deep in his being, he holds on to the child that once loved him in such an innocent and deep way.

The child that spent time with him and clung dearly to him.

This Father’s Day, won’t you be that child again?

Papa,

When I wrote these words, you were no longer with me.

I wish you are still around.

There are words that I wish I had said to you and had said them more often to you.

There are things I wish I can do for you but its impossible to do it now.

The aches in my heart and tears from my eyes can never bring you back to me.

Papa, I love you…

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Financial Freedom

Financial freedom is like a football game.

Aim to win and be financially-secured as early as possible and hopefully before the first half of the match.

In other words, by 30 years old.

The second half of the game will get harder.

You may become physically weaker and have lesser desire, commitment, confidence and grit to achieve your dream and goals.

After 50 years old, you will be playing on extra time.

The heat will be on. Pressures will mount up.

At 55, the extra time is up. If you have not won the financial freedom game, you may not even get a chance to win by a penalty shoot-out.

It may be too late. Someone may have to look after you until the last day of your life.

There may be tears of regret over lost time and a wasted life. On the other hand, if you prepare early and prepare well for your retirement, you’ll rejoice over lots of time and a worthwhile life.

My friend, the game is on. Start scoring now before the final whistle.

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Happy Dumpling Festival!

There are many stories about the origin of ‘Zong Zhi’ or the Dumpling Festival.

The best known story and one that touches my heart is about the poet and minister Qu Yuan.

He served in high offices in the ancient state of Chu.

Known as a leader with upright character and values, a righteous minister, and a talented poet, he would speak truth to power.

Qu Yuan spoke up against his king’s alliance with Qin, a growing threat to his people.

As a result, he fell from grace.

Subsequently, he was proven right when Chu’s capital was conquered by Qin.

Out of despondency and despair, Qu Yuan committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River.

According to the story that was passed down for generations, the locals highly admired and respected Qu Yuan.

They rushed out in boats to try and at least retrieve his body but to no avail. That was said to be the origin of the dragon boat races.

When the locals couldn’t find his body, they made dumplings of sticky rice in the hope that the fish would eat the dumplings and not Qu Yuan’s body.

Wonderful story, isn’t it?

I shared this story with my team this morning and encouraged them not to commit suicide but to fight another day if need be.

In Chinese philosophy, one of the key pursuits in life is to learn how to be a human (做人).

The Chinese were encouraged to take a more holistic, balanced, and values-based approach in being a good human and living a good life.

There is a Chinese proverb that goes, “学做事, 先要学做人.”

In other words, before attempting to achieve anything, one should learn how to be a good human.

There’s another proverb that says, “只要讲诚信, 做人并不难.”

What it means is that, if one has honour, integrity and honesty, it is not difficult to learn how to be a good human.

Enjoy the Dumpling Festival!

The Values Key

To open the door to immense wealth and success, you need to unlock it with an important key – the Values Key.

Value-add to whatever you set out to do and to the people around you. This is one of the keys to achieve quality and sustainable results.

When you offer nothing of value, chances are you will achieve nothing.

If you expect to achieve something by offering nothing, you are gambling with life.

You will go down the slippery road of failure.

However, when you are able to provide massive amount of value-additions, you will attract greater opportunity and success.

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7. Happy Father’s Day (Sunday, 20 June 2021) – Story #7: A Tribute To Fathers

Your father is one of the most wonderful gifts from our Creator.

He may not be perfect and may not have done everything right.

In the same way, you have not been perfect and must have done some wrongs in the past too.

Many people do not hold you for your wrongdoings.

Therefore, do the same to others and especially to your father.

Your father did not learn about fatherhood in school.
There is hardly any training programme to teach him how to carry out his fatherly role and responsibilities.

He cannot learn fathering at work, nor at any other setting.

Your father learns on the job and he can only do his level best.

His conduct may not be the best, or his best conduct may not be good enough for you.

Remember, he is a human too.

He has to struggle to put food on the table and care for you.

As a mortal man, he has to fight the darkness in his mind and shadows in his being.

However, deep within him, there is a powerful force that is at work – Love.

Your father loves you.

He loves you more than you will ever know, and you’ll never know what you don’t know.

He has options but he chose to spend time and money to ensure that you were kept safe and well.

When you were young and vulnerable, he was there for you.

He put up with your screams and cries, even in the middle of the night.

He was there when you were sick and had to be rushed to the doctor.

He stood with you when you were hurt and he supported you through many challenges.

There were times when he stood behind you in silence.

That could be even more painful than taking any other action, including voicing his thoughts about you.

He shared your moments of difficulties in a way that you would never be able to understand.

He was in fear when you were struggling with your fear.

He was in pain when he saw your frailty, foolishness, and failure.

He was stressed when you went through pitfalls, puddles, and potholes.

But throughout the ups and downs, he was right behind you.

He was always ready to pick you up and support you.

You will never realise how much your father has sacrificed for you unless there is a way to replay every moment in the past.

You will never fully appreciate how much energy your father has invested to raise you.

The day would come when he knew you have grown up and needed to be independent.

As a father, I know it is never easy to release you to find your place in the sun.

A part of his heart would go with you.

Wherever you are, your father will always be there with you and for you.

Deep in his being, he holds on to the child that once loved him in such an innocent and deep way.

The child that spent time with him and clung dearly to him.

This Father’s Day, won’t you be that child again?

Papa,

When I wrote these words, you were no longer with me.

I wish you are still around.

There are words that I wish I had said to you and had said them more often to you.

There are things I wish I can do for you but its impossible to do it now.

The aches in my heart and tears from my eyes can never bring you back to me.

Papa, I love you…

Go4It!
I hope this message will find a place in your heart.
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