Key To Immense Wealth And Success – Part 1.

The strangest things have happened to me.

Let me share one of them with you.

In my personal file, I have two interesting letters. One of them is a letter of offer for a job.

The other letter is a letter of rejection for the SAME job.

Long before receiving the letters, I had decided to pursue my career in the infocomm technology (ICT) industry.

However, I did not have the right qualification and neither did I have the appropriate experience and competence.

I applied for every available job and was rejected for every one of them.

I did not even get a chance to go for a job interview.

When I found out that one of the top ICT companies was planning to hire a new salesperson through a head-hunting firm, I wrote to the firm.

Deep in my heart, I knew I would be rejected again.

I was not the most suitable candidate. And there were much better candidates out there in the market.

Meanwhile, I muster the courage to call the Director of the ICT company.

It was not the required response in the advertisement and neither was it the normal thing to do.

I convinced the Director on the phone that it would be worth his time to meet me.

It would make a difference to the future of his company.

I ‘sold’ him as if my life depended on it.

Till today, it remains a mystery if he was convinced by my well-prepared script or by my passion.

In any case, he finally granted me an appointment.

When that fateful day came, I was all prepared for the job interview.

It was very clear in my mind what the objective of the meeting was – I must get the job.

I knew how I intended to achieve it – at all costs.

I was going for broke. There would be absolutely no turning back for me.

I researched about the company and came prepared with an action plan.

At the core of the plan is me – the corporate Rambo who would go out to the field with a ‘Take no prisoner’ mentality.

I would charge through the most terrifying terrains and blaze a trail of glory.

After the preparation for the job interview, I was dying to hear myself.

I was so impressed with my focus and dedication. Haha!

During the interview, I presented a strategic plan on how I can improve the company’s bottom line.

For every question that was raised, I had a well-rehearsed response.

There was an assurance for every concern.

At one point when I thought I had lost the battle, I looked at the German Director squarely in the eyes.

I told him, “I will prove my worth and value to your company.

To convince you that I will deliver results, I will put my wallet where my mouth is.

“You don’t have to pay me a basic salary.

“I will work for you FREE OF CHARGE!

“Just pay me a sales commission or on a profit-sharing scheme.

“In other words, I will work for you on a success basis only.”

There was no question in my mind I would offer so much values that the Director would be more than happy to pay me handsomely.

I would become a prized asset to the company.

Still, getting the job was not an easy task and in fact, it was an uphill climb.

I met the Director again and again to prove myself and convince him.

The Director finally agreed. He created a new job just for me – a junior salesperson’s position.

I suspected he did it mainly because of sympathy rather than conviction.

Now you know why I have a pitiful look. Lol!

And so it happened that on the same week, I received two letters.

One of them had an employment contract from the company.

The other letter was from the head-hunting firm to inform me that the job had been filled.

I was quite sure the head-hunter did not realize the job was filled by me.

That was the beginning of a long and arduous journey to live up to my pitch and proposal.

I had to deliver results because results is the only true measurement of life.

To cut a long story short, I was promoted shortly to become the commercial sales manager. Subsequently, I became a member of the management committee.

I became one of the youngest person in the industry to hold a regional sales and marketing position. I then became the regional CEO and shareholder of a multinational company.

At that point, my boss used to say I was one of the highest paid in the market.

Through this part of my journey, I learned that most people are sprinters – but life is a marathon.

If you are focused on moving in the right direction and if you keep pressing on wisely, you can win any major race.

To open the door to success, you need to unlock it with an important key.

It’s one of the most important keys in your life. A key that can open the door to immense wealth and success.

To be continued…

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Question: What lessons can you draw from my job-hunting experience?


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Please read my reflections and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


About Patrick Liew
About Patrick Liew Patrick Liew MBA, MSc, BSc is the Managing Partner of Global Enterprise Exchange Pte. Ltd.. He is also the founder and director of Success Resources, arguably the world’s largest personal development seminar organiser and a major shareholder of a company, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. He was previously the Executive Chairman and CEO of HSR Global Ltd., a publicly listed company on SGX-ST. Previously, he was the regional director of the Gartner Group, providing strategic advisory and planning services to governments, banks and MNCs. He was also the regional head of sales and marketing operation for Dow Jones Telerate. Patrick graduated with a BSc in Estate Management from Heriot Watt University, an MSc with emphasis in global business and marketing from The City University Of New York, and an MBA from Henley Business School / Brunel University. He has also earned more than nine other professional qualifications. Patrick is arguably the first person to develop a multimedia e-learning programme on entrepreneurship. He authored a Chinese book on business systems and was also the co-author of a Times Bookshop best-selling book. Patrick has conducted both ‘brick and mortar’ and online lessons for participants from more than 60 countries. He has also conducted keynote presentations in many international conferences, including being the first Singaporean to teach at the National Association of Realtors. Through his team at Success Resources, Patrick has organised educational conferences for prominent leaders such as President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Michael Porter, Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, and many other prominent leaders. Patrick provides leadership and advisory services to many professional and charity organisations. He is actively involved in supporting humanitarian, philanthropic and charity causes. He has organised three fund-raising events and in the process, help to set three national records in the Singapore Books Of Records. Patrick won the Entrepreneur Of the Year Award For Social Contribution, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award, and six other business awards. Patrick believes the best way to live your life is to live your life for others. The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Personal Note to my Friends The articles that I post online; or what I term as Love Notes, are written with the purpose of inspiring readers to live at a higher plane in life. They are also meant to motivate those who are struggling in life and help them find handlers to overcome their conflicts and challenges. It is my ardent hope that we will form networks and alliances of like-minded people who will put to right many of the wrongs in our midst. Together, we will leverage on each other's resources and create a synergistic impact in making our world a better home. These articles are written as part of regular reflection about the vicissitudes of life. They are at best work in progress and at worst, grumblings, grouses, and gripings of a finite old man. I have deliberately decided NOT to delete many of the articles and pointers that I may not agree with or are outrightly wrong. This is to keep a record of how my personal ideas, beliefs, and values have evolved over time. In addition, I hope to encourage readers by letting them know that I also make mistakes and am struggling with many of the complexity and complication in life. As long as we hang on to hope and work on finding a solution, there will be light at the end of whatever tunnel we are in. I do not pretend to know everything or for that matter, anything of substance. In fact, the more I study, learn, and think about the vast wisdom and knowledge out there, the more I realised how little I know about life and the ways of life. Hence, I have always ended my article by asking readers to continue to teach me. For I, too, am a sojourner in the exploration of truth and the adventure of finding meaning, purpose, and significance for my existence. I am proud of and make no apology for being a Christian, albeit not the most exemplary one. I believe our Creator can lead and guide us to be the best that we can ever be. I bear full responsibility for the shortcoming and error in my life, including my words. The fault is entirely mine and not due to anyone else. Readers have and can exercise the power of choice. They can discard what will not work for them and adopt those that can propel them further and faster in the pursuit of better performance, outcomes, and fulfillment. If I have disappointed or hurt you in any way, form, or manner, I would like to apologise to you. Please do not hold them against me or whoever or whatever is related to me. There are much to pray about, learn, and do. And I'll work on them with a sense of urgency. I hold on to the belief that 'Anything worth doing is worth doing with passion and excellence'. I'll endeavour to live by it. Life is short. There's no dress rehearsal and neither can we turn back the clock to change the drama of life. Therefore, by the grace and power of our Creator, let's live a full life and live it to the fullest. May God bless you abundantly on the journey of life. Your online servant, Patrick Liew I hope this message will find a place in your heart. By the way, I have also recorded other reflections. Please 'Like' me on Visit my Inspiration blog at For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at Please visit my website, Please read my reflection and continue to teach me. Life is FUNtastic!

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